Cheney has been removed from her post as conference chair.
Since the November 2020 Presidential Election, former President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election was somehow stolen from him, and to this day has still not conceded to President Joe Biden. Despite the fact that the former President’s claims have been repeatedly debunked and rejected from various federal courts, many members of the House GOP have remained steadfastly loyal to him, a practice which House GOP conference chair Liz Cheney was staunchly opposed to.
“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,” Cheney wrote on her Twitter earlier this month.
For her refusal to back the former President, the House GOP has voted to formally oust Cheney both from her position and the conference as a whole. Even after being ousted, Cheney has pledged to do everything in her power to ensure that Donald Trump has no power in the US government again.
“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney told reporters after the vote.
“The party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from,” she said. “We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.”
During the deliberation, Cheney was given a final chance to make her case to her fellow GOP members. “We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy,” Cheney said. “Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country.”
“If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy,” she continued.
“But I promise you this, after today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” Cheney concluded.