House Republicans could vote to oust Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as early as next week; sources told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday, May 4.
“She’s out of sync,” a Republican leadership source told the news outlet.
Her contradiction with the GOP stems from her personal opposition to President Trump when denying election fraud allegations in the 2020 election, and especially in recent times when she has been at odds with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as well as the GOP’s policy direction in general.
A GOP source told the Washington Examiner that a vote on whether to oust Cheney, who currently serves as the House Republicans’ No. 3 leader, may occur as early as May 12.
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) is vying for the role of conference chairwoman and appears to be the GOP leaders’ favorite candidate.
In several media interviews last month, Cheney has reiterated her opposition to Trump and her belief that he can never again be president or assume any leadership role in the party.
On Monday, Cheney slammed Trump for calling the 2020 election a “big lie.”
She wrote on Twitter: “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
Cheney is one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on the charge of setting off the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Cheney’s outspoken opposition to Trump has gotten a lot of press, and it overshadowed the GOP issues conference in Orlando, where House Republicans convened to plot an agenda and a roadmap to regaining the majority in 2022.
In Orlando, she told reporters that Trump was not the Republican Party’s leader and that Republicans who voted against certifying Biden’s presidential election had disqualified themselves from running in 2024.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Tex.) also claimed that Republicans will remove Cheney as the House GOP Conference chair by the end of next week and will soon find a replacement for her.
Gooden said that House Republicans’ dissatisfaction with Cheney had reached a “boiling point.”
Cheney has repeatedly diverted attention away from Republicans’ messaging and mission to maintain their House majority. Most Republicans, according to Gooden, were able to put her vote to impeach then-President Trump behind them. Still, her contradicting McCarthy and other problems have prompted them to seek her removal.
Cheney also enraged members of the Republican Study Committee, the House GOP’s largest group, by condemning a main party framework memo written by Committee Chair Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), which advocated a party loyalty to Trump and his achievements to appeal to working-class voters.
Cheney referred to the memo as “neo-Marxist,” infuriating Banks and the many members of the RSC whose feedback helped shape it.
“That is illustrative that this runs deeper than personality,” the source told the Washington Examiner. “This is a disagreement on where the Republican Party goes from here.”
On his side, Gooden said that the breaking point for many House Republicans was Cheney’s decision to support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over McCarthy.
“I think maybe the straw on the camel’s back last week was perhaps contradicting Kevin McCarthy’s position on the [January 6] commission. And siding with Nancy Pelosi on issues and talking with the press, it’s just a really bad look,” he said. “It has killed confidence that many of us were willing to give her after that February vote. I myself included, we were willing to give her a chance and put it behind us and move forward, and I think everyone put it behind us except for Liz Cheney. She’s refused to move forward and wants to continue to spend her time talking about things that aren’t helpful for us getting back into the majority.”
Though Cheney has opposed Republican efforts to embrace working-class concerns, Gooden said Republicans were willing to accept Cheney as part of a large-tent Republican conference.
“I think policy differences are commonplace, and everyone can overlook a disagreement on policy. It’s publicly confronting Kevin McCarthy—and you’re the elected conference leader—that there’s a problem. She’s just made this all about her since February, and it’s gotten worse and worse every week, and people are fed up with it, and the second chances have run out,” he said.
Last week, Gooden predicted that Cheney would be fired by the end of May. However, he now believes that the campaign has gained so much traction that House Republicans will fire her by the end of next week.
“I think members are fed up, and in fact, when I made that prediction, I said the end of the month, and I would probably revise that now and say by the end of next week. The temperature is rising on this. People are fed up with the lack of leadership on her part and her unwillingness to put her issues behind her,” Gooden said. “No one cares at this point that she voted to impeach or that she doesn’t care for President Trump. At this point, people are upset that she’s openly contradicting the other leaders of the House and making things about her when we should be making everything about taking back the majority.”
In a statement published on Tuesday, Gooden said that House Republicans “cannot fight for the America First agenda with her in a leadership position.”
McCarthy told Fox News on Tuesday that fellow Republicans are worried about Cheney’s ability to “carry out the job” of conference chairwoman, which he described as a role intended to bring the conference together and help the GOP reclaim the majority.
At a Georgia press conference hours later, McCarthy said it is not up to him if Cheney remains in the job.
“The conference decides all that,” McCarthy said.