The GOP ousted Representative Liz Cheney today for speaking out against claims that Trump won the 2020 election. The Wyoming Representative was ranked as the third most powerful Republican in the House since 2018, but today she is expected to be replaced by Representative Elise Stefanik of New York.
This change came after Representative Cheney’s defiant speech Tuesday night, during which she urged Republicans not to “let the former president drag us backward.” She warned that supporting Trump could cause the possible “destruction of our country,” and that if the Republican party was determined to “enable and spread his destructive lies” they should remove her.
“We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen. And America has not failed,” Cheney said.
The Representative was met with boos from her party, and her removal was announced the following morning. As the United States processes this political change in power, many wonder if it was the right decision. The Republican Party has undoubtedly suffered since President Trump left office. It seems that the GOP needs Trump’s leadership in order to make a comeback in the upcoming mid-term elections, which Cheney does not support.
The 45th President weighed in on the conversation a few hours before Cheney’s removal, claiming to look forward to the ouster of a woman Trump called “a poor leader, a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart.”
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 House Republican, added a less personal comment: “It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about the focus of our conference, and focusing on pushing back on the agenda that’s being pushed by the Biden administration.”
Liz Cheney refused to change her stance, even after a private GOP meeting was held following her speech. Her vow to do “everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets near the Oval Office” seems to have made the Republican mind up last night.
Rep. Byron Donalds (D-Florida) also weighed in on the situation, explaining the GOP’s decision by comparing it to how the Democrats would have handled it: “If you had a member of the Democratic leadership and said they didn’t believe in climate change anymore. Do you think they would still remain in Democrat leadership? I don’t think so.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shared her democratic opinion at an event Wednesday morning. “I do commend Liz Cheney for her courage, for her patriotism, and I wish her well. Perhaps this challenge will make her stronger. I don’t know, that’s up to their caucus,” Pelosi said. “I don’t welcome their participation in our caucus, and I’m sure they don’t welcome my participation in theirs.”
As the November 2022 midterm elections near, it seems that the GOP has decided to align itself with former President Trump. By supporting Trump’s agenda, Republican leaders expect to rally the support of those who voted for him during the Presidential elections of 2016 and 2020.