Rick Scott says voters still don’t know or care about Liz Cheney leadership purge

SEN RICK SCOTT (6) (Large)
The Senator is mindful of keeping Donald Trump pacified.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott returned to national radio Wednesday, where he again contended voters don’t know or care about the fate of embattled U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

“That’s not what they’re thinking about. They’re thinking about their own families. They’ve got bigger problems than to figure out who’s leading the party in D.C.,” Scott said.

Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, was removed from her leadership position in the House caucus Wednesday because she refused to indulge Donald Trump‘s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Scott, appearing on the Hugh Hewitt program, responded to a leading question about “elite media” covering the leadership purge. Hewitt, a plugged in conservative movement mainstay, cued Scott up to provide talking points.

“The D.C. and New York media love to pit the GOP against each other, but go out into your state. What are they talking about? Their families, their jobs, their schools, their law enforcement, inflation, that’s what they’re talking about. They’re not talking about — you know, they generally don’t know — they’ll know their Senator, they’ll know their House member, but they’re not going to know who’s in leadership in D.C.,” Scott said.

The Senator has claimed before that the Cheney contretemps does not register with the rank and file.

“If you get outside of D.C., you don’t hear any of this,” Scott said on the Fox News Rundown podcast on May 7.

“They’re not talking about who’s going to be running the party. They’re not talking about who’s going to be the President in ’24,” Scott added. “They’re not talking about anything that’s happening in D.C.”

Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is mindful of maintaining a good relationship with the volatile former President.

Earlier this spring, his NRSC staff invented the “Champion for Freedom” award, which Scott presented to Trump in a private ceremony, hours before a speech in which Trump excoriated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “dumb son of a b**ch.”

Scott defended conferring the award upon Trump, saying it was given “for the right reasons” during an appearance on ABC This Week.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ron Ogden

    May 13, 2021 at 10:14 am

    The ones who do know about it approve of it.

  • John Latham

    May 13, 2021 at 10:45 am


  • zhombre

    May 13, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    The more Dems cry about Chaney losing her leadership position, the more I’m convinced it was a good move. All these hypocritical defenders of Liz Chaney were the people who damned her father and wanted him tried as a war criminal; they don’t care about Chaney, they only seek to excoriate Trump and damage Republican prospects in 2022.

  • zhombre

    May 13, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Bias is evident: “Hewitt, a plugged in conservative movement mainstay, cued Scott up to provide talking points.” Would any journo write that George Stephanopoulos, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes or Chuck Todd or any other media flack for the Dems, cued up [insert name of any Democrat] to provide talking points? Which is what virtually all of them do,

  • martin

    May 14, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Politics, entertainment, and sports are the only career paths one can take, where being a total screw-up does not lead to the unemployment line.
    You can be a fraud, drug addict, and total derelict and still retain your job. While you, or I would be fired and black-listed in a heartbeat.
    Scott committed the largest fraud in the history of the medicare program and look where it got him!

  • Ocean Joe

    May 15, 2021 at 8:06 am

    There is a good reason every American should care. Turning the GOP into a party of one personality, where obedience to the unpredictable whims of one extremely flawed self absorbed person is required, effectively leaves any Republican with a brain party-less. A strong two or multiparty system is better for the country as a whole unless we want a dictatorship which the heavily partisan on both sides seem to want.
    Cheney is, as Trump has said, a warmonger, like her father, but the once robust US foreign policy kept America and American business on top of the world, while the wholesale retreat into isolationism quaintly called America First has created a worldwide power vacuum currently being filled by the Chinese in record speed.

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