U.S. House Republicans voted on Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post in the House as a result of her criticisms of former President Trump and his claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
The decision stems from the aftermath of the Capitol riots on 6 January, when Trump supporters stormed Congress. She was one of 10 members of her party who voted to impeach the then-president for incitement of insurrection. Rank-and-file House Republicans held a vote a month later on unseating Cheney from her role as party conference chair, but she survived the ballot by 145-61. She has since continued to speak out against the former President and following the publication of an anti-Trump op-ed in the Washington Post, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican whip Steve Scalise, began taking steps to oust Cheney.
In a closed-door caucus vote, Republicans cast an overwhelming voice vote in favor of removing Cheney from her position as House Republican Conference Chair, the third-ranking GOP position in the House. The vote was not recorded and most of the 22 Texas Republicans have stayed silent on this issue.
Her colleagues reportedly applauded her leadership tenure, but Cheney drew boos when she spoke during the session and said: “We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy.”
Ahead of the vote, Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy announced in a letter to his Republican colleagues that he would vote to remove Cheney because “she forfeited her ability to be our spokesperson by pulling us into distraction,” although he went on to strongly oppose Elise Stefanik’s promotion.
Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden also made his position clear on Twitter this morning. “It’s official- Liz Cheney has been fired from House Leadership and I was proud to vote against her,” he tweeted amid a GOP House Republican meeting Wednesday morning.
Freshman Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson also tweeted: “Today I voted to remove Liz Cheney as our Conference Chair. Our freedoms are under ATTACK by the radicals in the Democratic Party,” he tweeted. “To save our country, we need leadership that’s 100% focused on WINNING. We will TAKE BACK THE HOUSE in 2022. I’m sure of it! #MAGA.”