Some House Republicans have suggested that Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) could be removed as president of the conference within a month, as prominent members of the caucus complained about her unwillingness to bow to former President Donald’s enduring influence. Trump.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told Axios on Friday that Cheney’s comments during a Republican Party retreat in Orlando, Florida earlier this week presented “an undesirable distraction” , and he questioned whether she would still retain her place as No. 3 Republican in the House in a month.
The criticism came after the Republican Party exploded in outrage after Cheney suggested to reporters on Monday that the party’s elected leaders were in charge of the Republican Party – appearing to challenge those who continue to elevate Trump.
“I think that now, the Republican Party is led by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House. I think our elected leaders, you know, are responsible for the Republican Party, ”said Cheney at the time.
Minority chief Steve Scalise (R-LA) – who visited Trump at his Palm Beach resort earlier this year, also seemed to back off – defending Trump’s key role at the party during an interview with Axios on Friday.
“President Trump is still a very active part of our party and a vocal leader in our party,” said Scalise.
“So this idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are and, frankly, he still has a lot to offer and he has offered a lot,” he added.
Representative Lance Gooden (R-TX) seemed to echo those sentiments in a tweet on Saturday, suggesting that Cheney’s efforts to hold Trump accountable would be his dismissal.
Earlier this year, Cheney handily won a Trump-led effort to remove her as president of the Republican Party conference after she became one of 10 House Republicans to support Trump’s impeachment for inciting the attack on the Capitol of 6 of January.
But she, since that secret vote, Cheney has continued to reject Trump’s influence in his party.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who also voted for Trump’s impeachment, told Hill in an interview on Friday that if lying to voters was a requirement for leadership, he could see why Cheney was not. the best option.
“Liz is not going to lie to people. Liz will say what she believes. It will stay in principle, ”he said. “And if it will distract people, it is not the best option. I wish it were not the case.”
The third Republican faced a setback for breaking with House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Monday over the scope of a proposed commission to review the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill, saying it was critical to the nation does not minimize the attack.
Cheney told Politico on Monday that facing the attack head-on “is extremely important for the country’s survival”.
During the Republican Party’s withdrawal, Cheney further angered some of his colleagues who defended Trump’s false allegations of a stolen election, when she told reporters that, in relation to Republican candidates in 2024, “I think some of our candidates who they led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, so as not to certify the election, you know, in my opinion this is disqualifying ”.