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Wyoming Republican officials overwhelmingly voted in favor of censuring Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) and called on her to resign.
During an interview Sunday on Fox News, Cheney told host Chris Wallace that she will not be stepping down after being censured.
Cheney also argued that President Trump no longer has a role in the party as a leader.
“I’m not,” declared Cheney, after Wallace asked if she would resign per the state party’s request.
“I think people all across Wyoming understand and recognize that our most important duty is to the Constitution,” she said. “As I’ve explained and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state — voters all across the state — the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment.”
“It doesn’t bend to partisanship, it doesn’t bend to political pressure,” added Cheney. “It’s the most important oath that we take, and so I will stand by that, and I will continue to fight for all of the issues that matter so much to us all across Wyoming.”
Wallace then asked Cheney: “Is this still the party of Donald Trump, and does Marjorie Taylor Greene still hold a solid place in that party?”
“We are the party of Abraham Lincoln. We are the party of Ronald Reagan,” Cheney replied.
“We have to really take a hard look at who we are and what we stand for, and what we believe in. I think when you look at both his actions leading up to what happened on January 6th, the fact that he was impeached in a bipartisan fashion, the fact that he lost the presidency, the fact that we lost the senate. We have to be in a position where we can say we stand for principle. We stand for ideals,” she added.
She continued: “Somebody who has provoked an attack on the United States Capitol to prevent the counting of electoral votes.”
“Which resulted in five people dying, who refused to stand up immediately when he was asked to stop the violence, that is a person who does not have a role as the leader of our party going forward,” she said.
After Cheney’s comments, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of the most active voices against Cheney, responded on Twitter: “Liz Cheney does not speak for me or Wyoming.”
In the state’s censure resolution, the Wyoming GOP accused Cheney of violating “the spirit” of GOP caucus rules by disclosing her intention to impeach Trump “prior to having any evidence presented” in the House of Representatives.
They also accused Cheney of violating the trust of Wyoming voters, and claimed registered Republicans across the state and country were leaving the party because of Cheney.
Furthermore, the committee called on Cheney to “immediately resign from her position and allow the Wyoming Republican Party to nominate her replacement, and that representative Liz Cheney immediately repay donations to her 2020 campaign made by the Wyoming Republican Party and to any county party that requests reimbursement.”