Kevin McCarthy warned members not to call colleagues by name and pointed to possible political violence
Members of the House Republican Conference ignored Chairman Kevin McCarthy last week when he warned them not to criticize colleagues by name based on information that it could spark more political violence. Why It Matters: McCarthy made it clear that, instead of making complaints more broadly, nameless opponents can set a politician a literal target, especially amid tensions so high after the events of January 6th. Get Smarter and Faster with The News Reading CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Politicians. Sign up for the Axios newsletter here. It happened to Rep. Liz Cheney, chairman of the GOP conference, after she announced she would support the indictment against President Trump. * She and several other members had to increase their security and take extra precautions due to death threats and other alarming warnings after their colleagues singled them out in their complaints. What McCarthy Said: The House minority leader issued his warning during a conference call last Monday. He said his concern was driven by the FBI briefings he received. * "It doesn't matter which side of the position you were on: I respect it, I respect why you did what you did. But what we say on TV when we say a member's name. … This is not the moment in time to do it. "*" You can incite something else. The country is very divided and we know that. Let's not put a member, I don't care who they are Republicans, Democrats or someone who is not even in Congress. Watch our words carefully. I understand These reports are published weekly. I saw something I hadn't seen before. "A few minutes later, McCarthy repeated the message:" The Emotions are high. What you say is important. Let's not put other people in danger. Words that we use and other members' names in no medium. "Days later, some GOP members ignored him and criticized him n open their colleagues. * Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted that his Republican colleague's name, Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, "will be forgotten by January next." * Rep. Lauren Boebart (R-Colo.) Taunted spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi about the House's new mask sentences. One of the most obvious attacks that sparked a firestorm in the media was when several members of the House Freedom Caucus went to Cheney to vote for Trump. * On the day of the vote, members distributed a petition to remove them from their leadership role. * Cheney is now making a number of threats against her, many from ardent Trump supporters upset by her vote, a source with direct knowledge of the threat. * "We don't comment on security issues," Cheney communications director Jeremy Adler told Axios. What We Hear: McCarthy's team told Axios they were looking for no impact. Spokesman Matt Sparks said the guide wanted to bring the temperature down and encourage members to be aware of the current environment. Be Smart: Sign Up For The Most Influential Newsletter In America For FREE.