Support for removing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her position as No. 3 in the House Republican leadership was so strong on Wednesday that no formal vote even happened and she was removed by voice vote.
“Former democratic Rep Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) tells me the vote of no confidence was a LOUD voice vote which Cheney failed,” Newsy reporter Nathaniel Reed wrote on Twitter. “Says no one spoke up to defend her, Kinzinger (R-IL) included.”
Former democratic Rep Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) tells me the vote of no confidence was a LOUD voice vote which Cheney failed. Says no one spoke up to defend her, Kinzinger (R-IL) included.
— Nathaniel Reed (@ReedReports) May 12, 2021
CNN’s Manu Raju said that there was “no debate inside the room” and that the entire process from start to finish only took roughly 20 minutes.
There was no debate inside the room. It was done by voice vote. Virginia Foxx offered the resolution. McCarthy told conference it was time to unify. And conference kicks Cheney out of leadership. All done within 20 minutes. https://t.co/yaOfUkKtxd
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 12, 2021
“We must go forward based on truth. We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution,” Cheney proclaimed. “The nation needs it. The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism. And I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward. And I plan to lead the fight to do that.”
When asked how concerned she was that former President Donald Trump might end back up in the Oval Office and what she was prepared to do to prevent that, Cheney responded, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
“We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language,” Cheney continued. “We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution.”
Trump responded to Cheney’s ouster by saying in a statement:
Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a Paid Contributor on CNN or MSDNC!
Trump was likely referring to watching Cheney speak on the House floor yesterday, not about any of the crises facing the U.S. under the Biden administration, but about Trump not accepting the election results.
“Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this capital in an effort to steal the election has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him,” Cheney said. “He risks inciting further violence. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They have heard only his words, but not the truth as he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.”
Freedom only survives if we protect it. We must speak the truth. The election was not stolen. America has not failed. pic.twitter.com/H4KrMxkPdy
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) May 12, 2021
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