House Republican members ousted Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position during a closed-door meeting on May 12 due to her criticisms of former President Donald Trump.
Cheney’s party colleagues voted to remove her from her conference chair post in a meeting that was adjourned within 20 minutes for openly criticizing Trump after he made claims without evidence that he won the 2020 elections and when he incited a mob attack on the Capitol last Jan. 6.
“I will do everything I can to make sure the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney told reporters immediately after her removal.
“We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution, and I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution,” Cheney further said.
During the meeting, Cheney delivered a defiant speech, drawing boos.
“We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy,” Cheney said on the House floor.
“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,” Cheney further said.
Cheney was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump due to the Capitol riot.
But what became the final straw for many of her party colleagues was the opinion article she wrote on The Washington Post, in which she called Trump “dangerous” and urged Republicans to not follow his “anti-democratic cult of personality.”
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