House Republicans were ready on Wednesday to remove Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership positions for continuing to reject the election of former President Donald J. Trump. This lies in an astonishing reprimand from their own party.
The secret ballot, which will be held during a closed session on Wednesday morning, is expected to remove Ms. Cheney as chair of the House Republican Conference. Hours earlier, she provided a defiant broadside against Mr. Trump and the party leaders who were working to oust them, accusing them of engaging in undermining the democratic system.
In a scathing speech on the floor of the house, Ms. Cheney said the country faced an “unprecedented” threat from a former president who provoked the attack on the Capitol on January 6 and “resumed his aggressive efforts, Convincing Americans “The election was stolen from him. “
“Silence and ignoring the lie encourages the liar,” she said. “I will not take part in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence as others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy. “
Ms. Cheney’s last stand on Tuesday night – and the cool reception from the House Republicans who left the Chamber at the beginning of their remarks – also showed how the leaders trying to oust her from Post # 3 also bonded to Mr. had Trump as a matter of political survival.
Top Republicans have tried hard not to talk about the Capitol uprising, calling Ms. Cheney’s removal a forward-looking purge that would allow them to come by that day.
“Every day we relitute the past is one less day when we have to seize the future,” wrote California minority leader Kevin McCarthy in a letter to party members on Monday. “If we are to succeed in preventing the radical democratic agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts must be resolved so as not to interfere with the efforts of our collective team.”
To replace Ms. Cheney, Republican leaders have teamed up behind Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, a former presenter whose loyalty to Mr. Trump and support for his false claims of electoral fraud has earned her broad grassroots support for Ms. Cheney , a lifelong conservative, no longer commands. It’s a remarkable arc for Ms. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was once spoken of as the future House Speaker, but who is now on the verge of being relegated to the political wilderness.
She overwhelmingly tried to remove her from her post in February after voting in favor of the charges against Mr Trump. At the time, Mr McCarthy vouched for them, pointing to the vote as evidence that the Republican Party could accept both the former president and a leader who had tried to indict him.
However, frustration with Ms. Cheney increased as she continued to shout out Mr. Trump’s allegations. A message her co-workers said distracted them from their efforts to retake the majority of the house in the interim 2022.
If Ms. Stefanik is elected to succeed Ms. Cheney this week, as expected, the top three Republican leadership positions in the House of Representatives will be filled by lawmakers who voted not to confirm President Biden’s January victory.