Liz Cheney’s days in Republican leadership may be numbered, as there’s a new report out that House Republicans are planning a vote next week to oust her as chair of the conference:
CORRECTION: House Republicans may vote as soon as May 12 to try to remove Trump critic Liz Cheney from party leadership, a source says. A previous tweet incorrectly stated the vote could happen as early as Wednesday https://t.co/enuedpSBsI https://t.co/enuedpSBsI
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 4, 2021
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to try to remove Liz Cheney from their party leadership for denouncing former President Donald Trump’s false claim the election was stolen from him, said two Republican congressional sources.
One of the sources said they could vote as early as May 12, their next scheduled meeting after a two-week break.
The No. 3 House Republican and the 54-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, she survived a similar rebellion early in the year.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting a deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The then-Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said her criticism of Trump’s false election claim had become a distraction from party messaging against Democratic President Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in November and took office in January.
“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment,” McCarthy told Fox News. “It’s more concern about the job ability … and what’s our best step forward that we can all work together instead of attacking one another.”
Prior to the interview, McCarthy was caught on microphone saying he had “lost confidence” in Cheney, Axios reported. It released audio of the recording.
We posted on the hot mic moment earlier, so check that out if you’ve missed it.
While McCarthy may have lost confidence in Cheney, Nancy Pelosi is singing her praises:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says of the Liz Cheney ouster effort: “I do commend Liz Cheney for her courage, for her patriotism, and I wish her well. Perhaps this challenge will make her stronger.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 4, 2021
That’s like the kiss of death from the grim reaper. Liz Cheney might as well go ahead and resign, because with Pelosi’s blessing she’s sure to lose everything.
We’ll let you know when things become more official. Until then, do you believe Cheney can survive another vote, especially after McCarthy’s hot mic comment today?