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One would think by now Republicans would start to comprehend that taking sides against Donald Trump is not a wise career decision.
But that has apparently escaped the grasp of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney who now finds herself on the precipice of being removed from Republican leadership, Breitbart News reported.
“Liz Cheney has promised she will campaign on impeaching Trump ‘every day of the week.’ Good luck with that, Liz! PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!” Texas Rep. Lance Gooden said.
Liz Cheney has promised she will campaign on impeaching Trump 'every day of the week.'
Good luck with that, Liz!
PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) May 1, 2021
His tweet comes after a report by Axios that House leadership is considering removing Cheney, the third ranking Republican, from her leadership role.
Cheney (R-Wyo.) told reporters during several interviews at a GOP retreat in Orlando, Florida, that anyone challenging the 2020 election results should be disqualified from a presidential campaign in 2024, and that she herself would not rule out a run.
She also said a commission to examine the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection should be narrowly focused — not the wide-ranging probe McCarthy favors.
In addition, Cheney characterized a memo Banks wrote about how the party could retain working-class voters as “neo-Marxist.”
“That’s what we got out of Liz Cheney, which doesn’t help us remain focused on that single goal,” he said.
“Her lack of focus on that, while being focused on other things, and proving her point, was an unwelcome distraction,” the representative said. “The sort of sideline distractions at the GOP retreat will only serve to hold us back from being focused on that nearly unanimous goal we have as a conference,”
Asked is he thought that rep. Cheney could stay in a leadership role Banks said he did not know.
“That’s up to her,” he said. “I think a lot of us would like to see her join the team, be on the same team, same mission, the same focus. And at this point, that’s what many of us are questioning.”
“Whatever conference decides we should do it quickly because I don’t think anyone believes this dynamic is particularly healthy right now,” Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez said.
“As for me, I think having diverse perspectives in leadership is important. It means we can have a bigger tent such that we aren’t turning people away from the party who would otherwise be inclined to support us. Given that we are completely out of power, we need to be responsibly adding as many voices and voters as possible, not subtracting them,” he said.
Several other prominent Republicans have spoken against Cheney and it is tough to determine what her strategy is.
“This idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are, and, frankly, he has a lot to offer still,” Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise said.
“If you’re sitting here at a retreat that’s focused on policy, focused on the future of making American [sic] next-century, and you’re talking about something else, you’re not being productive,” House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy said.
Cheney has not made herself a favorite among the party with her consistent attacks on Trump and those who align with him, which is the vast majority of Republicans.
She said last week that anyone who challenges the results of the 2020 presidential election “should be disqualified from a presidential campaign in 2024” and she did not rule out campaigning for president herself.
She did it again on Monday when she sent a tweet with the phrase that has become a talking point for Democrats and the media, “the big lie,” to describe Trump’s assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she said.
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
But Trump had his own definition of the phrase in an email from his Save America Pac that was sent to his supporters.
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” he said.