House Republicans Set To Remove Liz Cheney From Leadership : NPR

Wyoming MP Liz Cheney, seen here outside the U.S. Capitol on March 11, is facing another vote by the Republican Conference to remove her from her leadership role. She fought back an effort in February. Drew Angerer / Getty Images hide subtitles

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Wyoming MP Liz Cheney, seen here outside the U.S. Capitol on March 11, is facing another vote by the Republican Conference to remove her from her leadership role. She fought back an effort in February.

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For the second time this year, Wyoming MP Liz Cheney is facing a vote from her Republicans to remove her from chairing the conference. This time, however, without the support of top Republicans like House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who openly supports a candidate who ousts them.

McCarthy, who helped Cheney thwart a vote to remove her from the GOP leadership of the House in February, sent one letter Monday to ordinary Republicans who will announce a conference vote on Cheney’s position on Wednesday.

“If we are to succeed in preventing the radical democratic agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts must be resolved so as not to interfere with the efforts of our collective team,” he wrote. “After hearing from so many of you in the past few days, it is clear that we have to change something.”

The “internal conflicts” he is referring to stem from repeated false statements by former President Donald Trump that the 2020 elections were rigged against him, as well as from Trump’s role in the January 6th uprising in the Capitol.

In the comments on Tuesday evening on the floor of the house, Cheney sharply criticized Trump and accused him of fueling the deadly uprising.

“Today we face a threat America has never seen before: a former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol to steal elections has resumed aggressive efforts to convince Americans that his elections were stolen. ” Said Cheney.

“He risks further violence,” she continued. “Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They only heard his words, not the truth, as he continues to undermine our democratic process and raise doubts as to whether democracy really works.”

Freedom only survives if we protect it. We have to tell the truth. The election was not stolen. America did not fail. pic.twitter.com/H4KrMxkPdy

– Rep Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) May 12, 2021

Cheney added, “I will not sit back and watch in silence as others lead our party on a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”

Trump has celebrated Cheney’s fall. She was steadfast in her criticism of him, arguing publicly that he had no place in the party’s present or future. This is at odds with the majority of the House’s Republicans, including McCarthy, who are counting on Trump’s support to win the House back next year.

Republicans argue that Cheney’s position as former president is holding them back from the GOP conference, making their job of carrying out party reports untenable.

Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., put it succinctly when he did told Sean Hannity of Fox that “the people who try to erase.” [Trump] will be deleted in the end. “

Cheney confirmed the setback in a recent comment The Washington Post The alleged allegiance to the Constitution and to democracy, however, is worth all the political ramifications it could face.

McCarthy publicly supports New York MP Elise Stefanik to take on Cheney’s leadership role.

Stefanik is a moderate Trump loyalist who became a national star at Trump’s first impeachment hearings. She, along with 138 House Republicans, voted against the Earls of the Pennsylvania Electoral College and has Trump’s support.

NPR’s Alana Wise contributed to the coverage.

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