Report: Republicans team up to oust Liz Cheney from leadership
New reports indicate that anti-Trump Representative Liz Cheney, the third Republican in the House, could be ousted from her leadership role before the end of the month.
The hill is report as key allies of GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) seek to eliminate Cheney (R-WY).
“There is no way Liz will be conference chair by the end of the month,” a person close to McCarthy is said to have said. “When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference; it will be quick. Everyone knows the result.
A second ally called it “responsibility” and suggested that it’s not just far-right supporters of Donald Trump who want to see her go.
“It’s a wide range of lawmakers who have had it with her,” they said. “She’s a handicap, and McCarthy is as sick as the rest of us of focusing on the past rather than reclaiming the House.”
GOP leader’s allies swear to oust Liz Cheney https://t.co/EOQhkA7vJr
– Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) May 3, 2021
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Here’s who the Republicans have in mind to replace Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney initially received a wave of criticism from fellow Republicans after she voted to impeach former President Trump over his alleged incitement to the Capitol protests.
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In February, she survived an attempt to remove her from the leadership position by a 145 to 61 vote.
Rather than move on, however, Cheney has insisted on launching consistent attacks on Trump, recently denouncing all supporters who believe “the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims this is the case is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system.
– Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
Cheney also took a ton of heat for being caught punching Joe Biden ahead of the president’s speech ahead of a joint session of Congress last week.
– Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) April 29, 2021
Axios reports that Republicans are already considering who would replace Cheney – insisting they would need a woman to fill the post.
“House Republicans are closing in on ousting Conference Speaker Liz Cheney from the leadership, and are already considering replacements – including representatives. helpers said Axios.
Of these names, Stefanik was perhaps Trump’s most vocal supporter throughout his administration and also played a key role in recruitment more GOP women to run in 2020.
“Widely regarded as a rising star of the party, she gained popularity for fiercely defending Trump during his first impeachment,” writes Axios, although they add that she is also considering running for governor of New York.
THE BIG LIE is that @Liz_Cheney is one of the leaders of the GOP.
– Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) May 4, 2021
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Jim Banks auditioning for the role?
Contrary to what Axios reports that Republican members “recognize that Cheney cannot be replaced by a white man,” Politico is indicating that Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, was “shadow chairman of the GOP House Conference”.
“Banks’ efforts to assemble a rival messaging machine are widely viewed by his colleagues as an audition for Cheney’s job,” they write.
Most members agree that Cheney cannot be replaced by a white man. Among the possible replacements:
• Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.)
• Ann Wagner (R-Mo.)
• Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) https://t.co/JfQKPdGABw
– Axios (@axios) May 4, 2021
Trump himself weighed in on the controversy on Monday, calling Cheney “hawkish.”
“It’s heartwarming to read new polls on the great warmonger Liz Cheney of the great state of Wyoming,” Trump said in a statement. “She’s so weak that her only chance would be if a large number of people turned up against her, which hopefully won’t happen.”
Liz Cheney has vowed that she will campaign to impeach Trump “every day of the week.”
Good luck with that, Liz!
PREDICTION: She will be exiting her GOP leadership role by the end of the month!
– Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) May 1, 2021
McCarthy (R-CA), who publicly maintained that Cheney remained in charge just two months ago, declined to endorse him as a “good fit” for the party leadership.
It is now mentioning basic concerns about “his ability to do his job”.
“I’ve heard members worry about her ability to do her job as conference chair, to get the message out,” McCarthy said.
“We all have to work together if we can win the majority,” he added. “Remember that majorities are not given. They are won. “
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