New reports indicate that anti-Trump Representative Liz Cheney, the number three Republican in the House, could be ousted from her leadership role before the end of the month.
The Hill is reporting that top allies of House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) are looking to remove Cheney (R-WY).
“There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month’s end,” one person close to McCarthy reportedly said. “When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference; it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.”
A second ally labeled her as “a liability” and suggested it isn’t just far-right supporters of Donald Trump who want to see her go.
“This is a broad range of lawmakers who have had it with her,” they claimed. “She’s a liability, and McCarthy’s as fed up as the rest of us that she is focused on the past rather than winning back the House.”
Here’s Who Republicans Have In Mind To Replace Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney initially received a wave of criticism from her fellow Republicans after she voted to impeach former President Trump due to his alleged incitement of the Capitol protests.
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In February, she survived an attempt to remove her from the leadership post by a vote of 145-61.
Rather than moving on, however, Cheney has insisted on launching consistent attacks against Trump, most recently denouncing any supporters who believe “the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
Cheney also took a ton of heat for being caught giving Joe Biden a fist bump before the President’s address before a joint session of Congress last week.
Axios is reporting that Republicans are already considering who Cheney’s replacement would be – insisting they would need a woman to fill the position.
“House Republicans are moving closer to ousting Conference Chair Liz Cheney from leadership, and are already considering replacements — including Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN),” congressional aides told Axios.
Of those names, Stefanik has been perhaps the most vocal supporter of Trump throughout his administration and was also key in recruiting more GOP women to run in 2020.
“Widely seen as a rising star in the party, she gained popularity for fiercely defending Trump during his first impeachment,” Axios writes, though they add she is also “considering running for governor of New York.”
Jim Banks Auditioning For The Role?
Contrary to Axios’ reporting that Republican members “recognize Cheney can’t be succeeded by a white man,” Politico is indicating that Jim Banks (R-IN), chair of the Republican Study Committee, has been serving as “shadow chair of the House GOP Conference.”
“Banks’ effort to assemble a rival messaging machine is widely viewed by his colleagues as an audition for Cheney’s job,” they write.
Trump weighed in on the controversy himself on Monday, blasting Cheney as a “warmonger.”
“Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming,” Trump said in a statement. “She is so low that her only chance would be if vast numbers of people run against her which, hopefully, won’t happen.”
McCarthy (R-CA), who publicly backed Cheney remaining in leadership just two months ago, refused to endorse her as a “good fit” for party leadership.
He is now mentioning rank-and-file concerns about “her ability to carry out her job.”
“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out her job as conference chair, to carry out the message,” said McCarthy.
“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority,” he added. “Remember, majorities are not given. They are earned.”
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