House Republicans poised to vote on Liz Cheney’s future in leadership.
House Republicans will gather Wednesday morning to vote on whether to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. 3 leadership position after she ran afoul of her party by speaking out against former President Donald Trump and supporting impeaching him over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Republicans will meet behind closed doors to decide the fate of Cheney, a staunch establishment conservative and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, from her post as Republican Conference Chair.
Cheney, of Wyoming, took to the House floor on Tuesday in a defiant speech in which she admonished her Republican colleagues not to remain silent in the face of Trump’s accusations about the 2020 presidential election and implored them to put politics aside for the good of the country.
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch and silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” Cheney said, adding how courts shot down the Trump campaign’s lawsuits alleging cheating and the Justice Department found no evidence of fraud.
“Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution. Our duty is clear: Every one of us must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy. This is not about policy, this is not about partisanship, this is about our duty as Americans,” she continued.
Republican leaders, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, have endorsed removing her from her post, arguing that her constant criticisms of the former president are distracting from Republicans’ opposition to President Biden’s agenda.
“We need a conference that’s united. That’s why we need a conference chair that is delivering that message day in and day out and uniting the nation to make sure that we are on the right footing going forward,” McCarthy said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Trump and McCarthy have endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to replace Cheney.
Trump has referred to Cheney as a “warmonger” and has touted Stefanik’s endorsements from the NRA and the National Border Patrol Council.
“The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik. Elise has intelligence, an endorsement from American Patriot Brandon Judd and the National Border Patrol Council, she has an A+ from the NRA, and she loves our Veterans,” he said in a statement.
We need someone in Leadership who has experience flipping districts from Blue to Red as we approach the important 2022 midterms, and that’s Elise! She knows how to win, which is what we need!”
Cheney has consistently blamed Trump for inciting the Capitol riot, in which a mob of Trump supporters converged on the federal building as Congress was voting to certify the election for Biden.
During her floor speech, Cheney once again called out Trump for his actions that day.
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“Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president, they have heard only his words, but not the truth as he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all. I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative principles is reverence for the rule of law,” she said.
Cheny was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January.
He was acquitted by the Senate.
Cheney immediately felt the backlash from her GOP colleagues in Congress and back home in Wyoming, with the state Republican Party censuring her.
But she survived a vote behind closed doors in the House in February to remove her from leadership, prevailing 145-61.
It’s unlikely she’ll pull through Wednesday’s vote.
Rep. Jim Banks, the chair of the influential Republican Study Committee, called Cheney a “distraction” in their fight against the “radical, dangerous Biden agenda” as Republicans strive to win back a majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
“That’s our focus as a House Republican conference. And any leader who’s not focused on that … needs to be replaced,” he said on “Sunday Morning Futures.”