Tensions are high with House GOP Conference Chairman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) since she has been extremely vocal about her criticism of former President Donald Trump.
According to a report, Cheney stated “the senators who led the unconstitutional charge” to challenge the Electoral College results on Jan. 6 had committed a “disqualifying” offense and “should be left out of consideration for the 2024 presidential nomination.”
Cheney also made remarks about former President Donald Trump “poisoning our democratic system” by claiming that the 2020 election was “stolen” and “illegitimate.”
This created a barrier with other Republican lawmakers who firmly believe that the base of the party is still in Trump’s corner and that potentially alienating his supporters could result in losing congressional majorities in 2022.
One of the most vocal critics of Cheney is House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), stating “I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message.” I think she’s got real problems,” McCarthy told Steve Doocy off-air ahead of a live “Fox and Friends” interview. “I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.”
The House Republicans are set to meet about the matter on Wednesday, May 12th. It would take a two-thirds vote on a secret ballot in order to remove Cheney from her leadership position.
If passed, some of the replacements being discussed are Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).
In a response to these reports, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked House Republicans for wanting a “non-threatening” female to serve instead of Cheney.
“Word is out that House GOP leaders are looking to push Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as House Republican Conference Chair – their most senior woman in GOP leadership – for a litany of very Republican reasons: she won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more,” Pelosi’s office said.