Unsurprisingly, Sen. Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her position as third-ranking House Republican by a voice vote early Wednesday. Cheney responded to news of the vote by telling reporters in an off-the-cuff interview, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office. … The party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.” A video of her complete statement follows.
CHENEY: “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 12, 2021
The Republican Party remains bitterly divided over Trump’s prospective role going forward. Yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham argued that Donald Trump remains a main figure in the party, contending that without him, “half the people will leave,” adding, “He’s the most popular Republican in the country by a lot.”
As for Cheney, she has been roundly criticized by her fellow Republicans for voting in favor of impeaching Trump. The Wyoming Republican Party censured her in February over her vote to convict the former president.
Cheney is up for reelection in 2022, which is likely to be an uphill battle for her. The Wyoming Republican Party censured her in February over her impeachment vote.