On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was officially removed from her leadership position by House Republicans and then vowed to do all she can to keep former President Trump from ever being president again.
Cheney served as the third-ranking Republican in the House as the Republican Conference chairwoman. The position controls the House’s messaging efforts. Many Republicans contended she was unfit for the position since she criticized Trump repeatedly and divided the party.
Minutes after her removal, Cheney voiced her bitterness to the press: “I do not think that it is an indication of where the Republican Party is, and I think that the party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from, and we’ve got to get back to a position where we are a party that can fight for conservative principles that can fight for substance. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.”
She continued her attack on Trump: “The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism, and I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward, and I plan to lead the fight to do that,” she commented. “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
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Trump issued a caustic statement immediately after Cheney’s ouster: “Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a Paid Contributor on CNN or MSDNC!”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) echoed Trump and praised the vote: “You can’t have a conference chair who recites Democrat talking points.”
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) put forth the motion to remove Cheney. It passed with a voice vote which Republicans claimed was chosen to “show unity” instead of using a secret-ballot recorded vote.
Cheney was defiant before the vote: “I have tremendous affection and admiration for many of you in this room. I know we all came to Washington to do important work for the nation. History has chosen every single one of us. And history has put us here together at this moment of challenge for our country,” she told the conference.
“Our nation needs this Republican Party as a strong party based on truth so we can shape the future. To do that, we must be true to our principles and to the constitution. 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,” she added.
“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. That will be their legacy,” she continued. “But I promise you this, after today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln.”
Liz Cheney in the closed door meeting with House Republicans: "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. That will be their legacy." @NBCNews @MSNBC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 12, 2021
For her words and actions, Cheney was roundly booed by a number of GOP lawmakers. Cheney reportedly departed the room walking down the center aisle through the crowd after her removal.
It only took a few minutes for the conference to oust the Wyoming Republican.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 12, 2021
She gave a defiant floor speech the night before her removal to a mostly empty chamber where she doubled down on her stance against Trump: “A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election. He has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence,” she declared. “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.”
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Cheney’s position is unfilled for now. It is believed that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) will be elected to replace her by the end of the week. She has been endorsed by former President Trump for the position.
Republicans on Twitter rejoiced over Cheney’s departure:
I voted a second time to remove Liz Cheney as the chair of the GOP.
And I stand alongside 74 million+ Trump supporters in opposing Cheney’s Trump derangement syndrome.
I’ve also asked @GOPLeader to delay the replacement vote.
There should be choices not predetermination.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 12, 2021
Ding dong Liz Cheney’s gone!
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) May 12, 2021
Liz Cheney is the masthead for the Establishment in Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/9qmoyDA9Nd
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 12, 2021
Give me a thumbs up if you support the ousting of Liz Cheney! 👍🏽
— Michael Burkes (@MrMichaelBurkes) May 12, 2021
Why has Liz Cheney destroyed her career as a Republican politician, has she been working for the enemy this entire time?
— Dr. Dawn Michael💗 (@SexCounseling) May 12, 2021
— Diverdown1 🇺🇸 (@smp2004) May 12, 2021
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