Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Monday predicted that removing Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position as the House Republican Conference chair will cost the party voters and lead to election losses in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 general elections.
“Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few,” Romney posted on Twitter.
Romney’s comments in support of Cheney come ahead of a vote on Wednesday by the GOP caucus in which she is expected to be ousted from her post after surviving a similar showdown in February. Republican leaders have become increasingly disenchanted with Cheney over her pushback on the party’s strategy to focus on working-class voters under an ‘America First’ platform championed by former President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month ahead of a Fox News interview, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was overheard on a hot mic expressing his frustration with the Wyoming Republican.
“I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” he said.
And on Monday, The Hill reports, McCarthy made clear he supported the Wednesday vote and removing Cheney from the party’s No. 3 position in the House.
“Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it’s clear that we need to make a change. As such, you should anticipate a vote on recalling the conference chair this Wednesday,” he wrote in a letter to his conference.
Rank-and-file Republicans who align themselves with the former president are also upset at Cheney for criticizing Trump continually since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot over his claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan. 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue,” a spokesperson for Cheney said last week.
Such continuous acrimony with the former president and opposition to the party’s agenda moving forward has become an unnecessary diversion ahead of the midterms, McCarthy noted in his letter.
“All members are elected to represent their constituents as they see fit, but our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted from the important work we were elected to do and shared goals we hope to achieve,” McCarthy wrote.
As to who will replace Cheney, the favorite appears to be Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York after McCarthy and other GOP leaders, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, have come out publicly in support of her. Trump has also lent her his endorsement.
Romney’s tweet in support of Cheney drew critical responses online.
“Here’s a little challenge for ya, Willard. Name me one Liz Cheney fan who isn’t a RINO, legacy media propagandist, neocon, or Democrat,” one user wrote.
Here’s a little challenge for ya, Willard. Name me one Liz Cheney fan who isn’t a RINO, legacy media propagandist, neocon, or Democrat.
— AdamInHTownTX (Freedom Loving Neanderthal) (@AdamInHTownTX) May 10, 2021
“With all due respect, I’m more likely to listen to someone who actually won a presidential election — something you were unable to do,” added Republican activist Scott Pressler.
With all due respect, I’m more likely to listen to someone who actually won a presidential election —
something you were unable to do.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 11, 2021
It’s not about votes Mitt. It’s about integrity and providing the American people a sound and uniform message from the Republican Party. Something you have forgotten since becoming Senator Romney.
— Jon Mack (@The_JonEffect) May 10, 2021
Romney says: "Expelling Liz Cheney will drive away voters"
This just simply isn't the case.
Republican leadership should reflect Republican voters. Straying from that concept will UNDOUBTEDLY hemorrhage Republican voters.
Exact opposite of Romney's statement is true.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 11, 2021
The only people who support Liz Cheney are Democrats–including this one. https://t.co/Exrs161YWx
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) May 11, 2021
You're next. https://t.co/3iiNjzDEML
— john jackson (@pvtjokerus) May 10, 2021
An NBC News post-election survey published in February found that working-class voters flocked to Trump during his term in office and helped him earn a record 74-plus million votes for a GOP presidential candidate.
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