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The anti-Donald Trump Republicans have painted themselves into a corner and Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney just learned that lesson.
The congresswoman was removed from House Republican leadership on a voice vote, with no roll call, CNN reported.
House Republicans have removed Rep. Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair over her opposition to former President Trump.
Cheney voted to impeach Trump and has repeatedly rebutted his baseless claims of election fraud.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he supports replacing Cheney with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has a more moderate voting record but is a staunch Trump supporter.
“If you want leaders who will enable and spread [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from,” she said before the vote.
“I promise you this, after today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she said on Tuesday, the day prior to the vote.
“This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” she said.
“I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” she said.
But even after Cheney was removed from leadership she gave a defiant speech in which she admitted that she will do everything she can to prevent Trump from getting back to the White House.
Cheney does not have much power left but her plan appears to be some attempt to wrestle the party away from Trump supporters.
“I will do everything in my power to see that the former president never gets anywhere near the oval office again,” she said.
Before Cheney was removed, Trump issued a statement calling Cheney a warmonger.
“The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a great opportunity today to rid themselves of a poor leader, a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart,” he said. “As a representative of the Great State of Wyoming, Liz Cheney is bad for our Country and bad for herself. “
“Almost everyone in the Republican Party, including 90% of Wyoming, looks forward to her ouster—and that includes me!” he said.
The ouster of Cheney has been a long time coming and a distraction for Republicans who want to get on message and be united against the agenda of Joe Biden.
According to a report, Cheney “secretly orchestrated” an op-ed in the Washington Post from all living former secretaries of defense slamming Trump’s handling of the military in January, according to the New Yorker.
A good friend of Cheney’s, Eric Edelman, reportedly told the New Yorker that Cheney had personally met with all 10 living former defense secretaries, including Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, urging them to participate in the op-ed.
“She was the one who generated it because she was so worried about what Trump might do,” Edelman told the magazine. “It speaks to the degree that she was concerned about the threat to our democracy that Trump represented.”
Trump has endorsed Cheney’s potential replacement.
Trump has endorsed New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is quickly becoming the favorite to replace Cheney on her House Committee seats.
It is not known who Rep. Cheney’s replacement will be but we do know that the war for the Republican Party has begun.