- House Republicans are plotting to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, Axios reported.
- It follows her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump.
- Potential replacements include Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, Axios reported.
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House Republicans are lining up replacements for the GOP leadership spot held by Rep. Liz Cheney following her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump, Axios reported.
Cheney, the third most senior House Republican, has been a vocal critic of the former president and voted to impeach him in January.
Her most recent criticism of Trump came on Monday when she tweeted: “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.”
Axios reported that House Republicans are now considering introducing efforts to replace her with one of her female colleagues, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, none of whom joined Liz Cheney in calling for Trump’s impeachment.
Both Stefanik and Walorski objected to the Electoral College certification of the election in January.
The House Republicans believe Cheney can’t be succeeded by a white man and their could move against her as soon as May 12, when the Conference next meets, Axios reported.
—Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
Cheney comfortably survived a GOP leadership vote in February following intense criticism over her decision to vote for Trump’s impeachment.
But several factors have imperiled Cheney’s leadership position since then, not least the continued efforts of Trump — who still exerts a vice-like grip on the Republican Party — to ensure Cheney’s political demise.
The schism between Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also grown far more apparent since February, Insider’s John L. Dorman reported.
McCarthy publicly backed Cheney to remain in post in February, but last week refused to offer the same endorsement, saying instead: “That’s a question for the conference.”
He also criticized Cheney in an interview with Politico last week, saying: “There’s a responsibility, if you’re gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last. And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties.”
She was also intensely criticized by House colleagues for giving a fist bump to President Biden last week.