Following criticism of former President Trump and the GOP, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney continues to receive scrutiny from her fellow Republican lawmakers.
Cheney holds the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, known as the House Republican Conference Chair. In 2018, Cheney was elected by Republicans to the position which works in “approving GOP Member committee assignments, managing leadership-driven floor debates, and executing a communications strategy that is executed within the party and is conveyed to constituents through the media.” Republican Lawmakers who have previously highly supported former President Donald Trump are calling for her to be removed from this position and hope to replace her as a representative in the 2022 elections.
A Republican conference meeting on February 3, 2021 was centered around the decision of whether or not to remove Cheney from her leadership position. The meeting took place three weeks after Cheney voted, along with 10 other House Republicans, to impeach President Donald Trump. Following the demonstrations at the Capitol on January 6, Cheney was outspoken about her distaste for the president’s alleged involvement and promotion of the acts. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said.
Despite controversy, Cheney was met with support in a secret ballot the House GOP conference conducted in regard to the meeting. The conference voted 145–61 to keep Cheney in her leadership position. A Republican lawmaker told CNN, “It’s like ‘hey if you want the position, there is some responsibility that comes with it,’” one GOP lawmaker told CNN. “It’s a tough time for the elephants and so this is a complication that comes from within, which is quite frankly not helpful in any way, shape or form.” Her latest Republican opponent for the 2022 election, Anthony Bouchard, said in a news release, “Liz Cheney’s long-time opposition to President Trump and her most recent vote for Impeachment shows just how out-of-touch she is with Wyoming.” Bouchard has served as a state senator in Wyoming since 2017.
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