After months of verbally attacking former President Trump and causing division within the Republican party, Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, has been officially removed from her position as Republican House Chair, the third-ranking GOP position.
Cheney had sided with the Democrats in her view of the recent presidential election and believed that Trump incited insurrection back on January 6. She was one out of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the ordeal. Her fellow Republicans were tired of her rhetoric and decided to do something about it.
According to GOP Whip Steve Scalise, Cheney’s constant Trump comments detracted from the Republicans’ more meaningful message. “It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about the focus of our conference, and focusing on pushing back on the agenda that’s being pushed by the Biden administration,” said Scalise.
It’s official- Liz Cheney has been fired from House Leadership and I was proud to vote against her.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) May 12, 2021
As reported on by News 4 San Antonio, Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Amarillo, got in on the action with his tweet, “Today I voted to remove Liz Cheney as our Conference Chair. Our freedoms are under ATTACK by the radicals in the Democratic Party. To save our country, we need leadership that’s 100% focused on WINNING. We will TAKE BACK THE HOUSE in 2022. I’m sure of it! #MAGA.”
In a voice vote taken during a private session this morning, it was unclear how the vote was divided. Republicans desire a party leader that unifies their values and speaks on behalf of the whole, and Cheney was missing the mark.
She didn’t go without a fight, stating before the vote, “We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy. Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country.”
Republicans deserve leadership that represents the views of their constituents, not their own personal vendettas. We need leaders in Congress that stand up for conservative Republican ideology, and Liz Cheney is not that leader. pic.twitter.com/oqaoxAMTYQ
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) May 12, 2021
According to an insider, Cheney was booed for her remarks. “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from,” Cheney added. “That will be their legacy.”
Despite her ferocity, she was quickly voted out. She will remain a rank-in-file member as Republicans look elsewhere for a speaker that they feel represents the party’s values. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is expected to replace her, as she has become one of Trump’s biggest supporters.