Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her leadership position by a voice vote Wednesday.
Behind closed doors, Republicans voted Liz Cheney out as the third-ranking House Republican.
Liz Cheney — daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and one of Trump’s most vocal critics — served as the House Republican Conference chairwoman.
“I think that it is an indication of where the Republican Party is, and I think that the party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from, and we’ve got to get back to a position where we are a party that can fight for conservative principles, that can fight for substance. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president,” Cheney said.
She also said she would continue to buck the former president while supporting her Republican colleagues.
“The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism, and I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward, and I plan to lead the fight to do that,” Liz Cheney said.
“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Liz Cheney said in response to a reporter’s question.
Donald Trump praises the vote to remove Cheney
Former President Donald Trump, in a statement, praised the closed-door vote to oust her.
“Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy,” he said.
“She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a Paid Contributor on CNN or MSDNC!”
Pelosi: GOP in Liz Cheney ouster declared ‘courage, patriotism and integrity’ not welcome
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday condemned House Republicans for voting to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her GOP conference leadership post, declaring that the Republican Party does not welcome values of “courage, patriotism and integrity.”
Pelosi in a statement released by her office following Republican lawmakers’ overwhelming vote in favor of removing Liz Cheney as the No. 3 House Republican said, “For the sake of our democracy, reasonable Republicans across the country must take back their party.”
“Congresswoman Liz Cheney is a leader of great courage, patriotism and integrity,” the speaker wrote. “Today, House Republicans declared that those values are unwelcome in the Republican party.”
Pelosi went on to say, “The Republican denial of the truth presented by Congresswoman Cheney is reflected in their denial of the need to seek the truth in a January 6th commission and to repair the damage of January 6th with a security supplemental immediately.”
Liz Cheney: Trump on ‘crusade to undermine our democracy’
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) warned in a fiery floor speech on the eve of her expected ouster from House GOP leadership.
Cheney, who currently serves as chair of the House Republican Conference, says in her Tuesday night floor speech that she isn’t backing down against the former president Donald Trump, despite the expected cost to her political ambitions in the House.
“Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy. This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans,” Cheney said.
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” Cheney continued. “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.”
“Today, we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him,” Cheney said. “He risks inciting further violence.”
“Our duty is clear. Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy,” Liz Cheney said.
Many Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), have criticized Cheney for continuing to publicly push back on Trump’s election claims.
McCarthy wrote in a letter to Republicans this week ahead of Wednesday’s vote that “each day spent relitigating the past is one day less we have to seize the future.”
“All members are elected to represent their constituents as they see fit,” McCarthy wrote. “But our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted from the important work we were elected to do and the shared goals we hope to achieve. The stakes are too high to come up short. I trust you agree.”
“My fellow Americans, we’re all in this together. We’re in this together. We can’t cancel each other. We can’t move people out the public square because we find their ideas even vile or distasteful. I may not like what you have to say. We may disagree on votes on this very floor. But the one thing I will always respect, the one thing I will always defend, is your ability to say and your ability to vote that way,” said Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.).