Liz Cheney refuses to back down: Republican calls Trump a ‘liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy’ and tells the House she ‘will not sit back in silence’ ahead of vote to oust her from GOP leadership
- Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday
- She said Tuesday: ‘Our freedom only survives if we protect it’
- ‘Today, we face threat America has never seen before. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president,’ she added
- Cheney told the House: ‘This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar’
Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday.
She said Tuesday: ‘Our freedom only survives if we protect it. Today, we face threat America has never seen before.
‘A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.
‘Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president.
‘This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a Wednesday vote for removing Cheney from her No. 3 Republican leadership post.
He sent a letter Monday to GOP lawmakers saying it was clear that he and his fellow Republicans ‘need to make a change.’
McCarthy´s letter did not mention Cheney or Trump by name.
But the move comes after Cheney repeatedly challenged Trump´s false assertions pinning his November re-election defeat on widespread voting fraud and criticized Trump´s role in encouraging supporters´ January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Trump was acquitted by the Senate.
In a defiant last stand Cheney added Tuesday: ‘Our duty is clear: Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy.
‘Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution.’
The Wyoming Republican said: ‘I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.’
Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, another of the 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump, says she will vote to retain Cheney in leadership.
Some other Republican lawmakers are said to be concerned Rep. Elise Stefanik, the front runner to replace Cheney, is not conservative enough to be the GOP Conference chair.
The infighting comes as Republicans struggle to find their path forward after four years of Trump‘s presidency left a legacy of division. The debate continues as to whether to embrace the former president or denounce him – with Trump’s allies winning the race to define the GOP.
That battle will accumulate on Wednesday, when the referendum on Cheney’s position as the Number Three in GOP leadership becomes a loyalty test to Trump.
Her ouster is all but a foregone conclusion but the first cracked appeared on Tuesday against Trump’s endorsed candidate to replace Cheney – Elise Stefanik.
Republican Rep. Chris Roy of Texas argued electing Stefanik into leadership would undermine GOP attempts to win control of the House in the 2024 midterm election.
‘We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in – that is, that we do not make the same mistakes we did in 2017,’ Roy wrote in a letter sent to all GOP lawmakers that was obtained by Dailymail.com.
‘Therefore, with all due respect to my friend, Elise Stefanik, let us contemplate the message Republican leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 ass-kicking we received by Democrats,’ he noted.
Roy opposed conservative efforts to overturn the election results and defended Cheney after she was criticized for being one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. But he now concedes her time has come and she will exit leadership when House Republicans gather Wednesday morning in the basement of the Capitol.