MP Liz Cheney (R-WY) faces a new round of calls to resign as chairman of the House Republican Caucus after publicly claiming that former President Trump should not play a role in the country's future.
Cheney is the House's third highest GOP member.
Cheney, often voiced about her opposition to Donald Trump, was part of a briefing by the House of Representatives Republican leadership with reporters on Wednesday. During the briefing, Cheney and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chair of the Minority House of Representatives, were both asked about Trump's upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Reporters asked whether Trump "should play a prominent speaking role" at the conference. McCarthy answered matter-of-factly, "Yes, he should."
"That's because of the CPAC. I knew what I thought of President Trump and how much I don't believe after January 6th that he should play a role in the future of the party or the country."
There were a few awkward seconds when reporters laughed and McCarthy replied, "On that high point, thank you very much."
Question: Do you think former President Trump should speak at the CPAC? @GOPLeader: "Yes, he should." @ RepLizCheney: "That's up to the CPAC … I don't think it should have a role in the future of the party or the country."
McCarthy: On that note, thank you very much. pic.twitter.com/ZOkTUbpQCP
– CSPAN (@cspan) February 24, 2021
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Not Cheney's first encounter with the party she leads
Liz Cheney's first dusting with her Republicans came back in January after being one of ten Republicans voting for impeachment in the House.
At the time, Rep. Matt Rosedale (R-MT) stated, “Rep. Cheney did not consult with the rest of our conference until assisting the impeachment. It has failed to abide by the spirit of the conference rules and ignores the preferences of Republican voters. I urge her to resign as conference leader. "
At the time, even House minority chairman Kevin McCarthy had some concerns about Cheney's impeachment vote.
The first attempt to depose Cheney failed. In the end, only 61 Republicans voted to oust them, 145 members voted in secret ballot against the removal. But that was not the end of their arguments with other Republicans in the House.
Cheney and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) also had words.
Gaetz has accused Cheney of having an "America Last" vision for the country and has even gone to Cheney's home state of Wyoming to support those who want a change in their representation at Wyoming's only Congress seat.
At a rally in Cheyenne, Gaetz said: "Basically, Liz Cheney did two things at the United States Congress: thwart President Trump's agenda and sell it to the eternal war machine."
In response to Gaetz's campaign through Wyoming, Cheney shot back on Twitter.
"Rep. Gaetz can leave his cosmetic bag at home. In Wyoming men don't wear make-up." – Liz Cheney
– Hoodlum @ (@NotHoodlum) January 24, 2021
As expected, Cheney has had the full support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
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Cheney's latest comments
In Liz Cheney's recent comments on former President Trump, Freedom Caucus members are again calling for their resignation in the leadership of the House.
Andy Biggs (R-AZ), chairman of Caucus, who supports Trump, said "She should step down."
He called her comments "outrageous" and "in line with at least four other statements she has made in the past few weeks," and he doesn't think "she can" go on with her duties as caucus chair. "
Biggs also commented, "I also think she has no political reading of what is going on in the party," he added. "If she was ashamed, she would resign."
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said Cheney had "forfeited her right to chair the Republican caucus."
Roy agreed with Cheney that Trump "deserves general condemnation for his clearly unimpeachable behavior," but that Cheney's recent comments at the press conference are "completely at odds with where the majority of House Republicans stand" and "completely out of step advised "with the Republican Conference. "
REP. CHIP ROY: "Yesterday, Liz (Cheney) forfeited her right to chair the Republican Conference. You cannot stand up and make a statement that is so completely at odds with the Republican Conference."
– Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) February 25, 2021
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Cheney also faced home play
While Liz Cheney hears criticism from fellow Republicans in Washington, it is Wyoming Republicans she may want to watch out for.
Since the first call for her resignation as chairman of the Republican Caucus, ten Wyoming counties have voted to reprimand Cheney.
A partial statement by Sweetwater County said Cheney "betrayed the trust and will of the vast majority of motivated Wyoming voters who voted for them".
Cheney has already won a major opponent for 2022. Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard announced his candidacy on January 20.
Of the ten Republicans who voted in favor of the Trump indictment, seven, including Cheney, have the main challengers for 2022.
Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard submits the primary challenge to the House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney. https://t.co/7mM632abmG
– Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 20, 2021
Cheney defended her impeachment decision by saying, “This is a decision of conscience. There are different views in this conference. "
Republicans in 10 of Wyoming's 23 counties have now censored Rep. Liz Cheney – with more to come soon. https://t.co/b9opQqhYmz
– Casper Star-Tribune (@CSTribune) February 1, 2021