House GOP expels anti-Trump crusader Cheney from leadership

Washington: House Republicans on Wednesday removed Rep. Liz Cheney of her party leadership role after she urged the party to reject former President Donald Trump as their leader.

Cheney, ahead of the voice vote to oust her, remained defiant, vowing to continue the fight against Trump even if the GOP rejects her.

“We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy,” Cheney said during a closed-door GOP conference meeting, NBC News reported.

“Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country,” she said. “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.”

“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,” Cheney reportedly said.

The showdown came days after two other top-ranking House Republicans, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, said they were through with Cheney as House GOP conference chair.

They and Trump have endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik, a fourth-term New York congresswoman who gained national attention in 2019 for forcefully defending Trump during his first impeachment trial.

The push to swap the staunchly conservative and politically deep-rooted Cheney with the less-conservative, Trump-supporting Stefanik offers a stark example of the GOP’s shift toward a firm realignment behind the former president with the 2022 midterm congressional elections coming up.

Cheney, one of just 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on the charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, survived a prior attempt in February to oust her. At that time, the Wyoming Republican had the backing of her fellow House leaders.

To their chagrin, Cheney in the three months since has continued to bash Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him.

In doing so, Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, set herself apart from nearly the rest of her conference, which in the wake of Trump’s loss has grown only more committed to preserving the ex-president’s status as its leader.

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