- Rep. Jim Banks says that Liz Cheney “needs to be replaced” as House Republican Conference Chair.
- Banks, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, says that Cheney isn’t unifying the party.
- Cheney could potentially be removed from her leadership role later this week.
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GOP Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, blasted Rep. Liz Cheney for not steering the party with a unified message as it works to oppose President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Banks told host Chris Wallace that Cheney should not continue with her role as House Republican Conference Chair, the No. 3 position with the caucus.
“One of my jobs is to hold my Republican leadership accountable for being focused on the Republican ideals that we stand for and the single mission we have to win back the majority,” he said. “The only reason why we are talking about Liz Cheney is the exact evidence that she’s failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of our party.”
He added: “Any leader who is not focused on pushing back against the radical and dangerous Biden agenda needs to be replaced.”
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The comments from Banks come as Cheney, who represents Wyoming’s at-large congressional district, faces a caucus that has increasingly turned against her due to her continued rebukes of former President Donald Trump.
Cheney, who was one of 10 House Republicans that voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has never wavered from her criticism of his actions on that day, as he sought to overturn the election results for a race that he lost.
The former president is currently scouting for a candidate to endorse in a 2022 GOP primary election against Cheney, according to The Washington Post.
Cheney’s unwillingness to back down from her opinion has riled the top two House GOP leaders — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana — along with a host of other conservatives.