Headline RoundupAugust 7th, 2022

News Outlets Highlight GOP Divide Ahead of Midterm Elections

Summary from the AllSides News Team

As Republicans brace for November's midterm elections, reports across the spectrum have highlighted divisions between the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings of the political party.

Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee voted to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for participating in the bipartisan Jan. 6 congressional investigation on the Capitol riot. One report from Politico (Lean Left bias) highlighted how some GOP senators argued that embodying an "overly anti-Trump" attitude wouldn't be a "political winner" heading into the midterms, while other voices such as Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) spoke out against the censure.

Graham on Sunday said President Joe Biden "deserves credit" for his bipartisan accomplishments, while Romney has been advocating for the idea that Republicans have a "heightened obligation" to expand federal benefits for families in wake of Roe v Wade being overturned. In a more direct aggression, Cheney recently labeled the Republican Party as "very sick" and said that they might not recover from "very dangerous" political figures such as former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Dan Schnur (Center bias) argued that Cheney and Kinzinger's work on the Jan. 6 committee has laid the "groundwork for a seminal battle between the two wings of the GOP that could establish the party’s fundamental identity for years to come." Some left-rated voices labeled Cheney's actions as "miracle" work and a "huge moment" to shift public opinion, while right-rated voices were more likely to criticize moderate Republicans who won't support a "coherent" GOP agenda and "defend their stance" on contested issues like abortion.

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