The removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from the House Republican leadership, according to Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, would cost the party “quite a few” votes and result in defeats in 2022 midterms and 2024 general elections.
“Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter,” Romney tweeted on Tuesday, May 11.
Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 10, 2021
Romney’ made the remarks after he said last week that, “Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie” and “I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.”
Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie. As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: “I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.”
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 4, 2021
For her frequent critiques of former President Donald Trump, Cheney has received backlash for saying that anybody claiming that the 2020 presidential election was rigged is “poisoning our democratic system”—a rebuke to Trump, who earlier suggested that his loss to Joe Biden will be remembered as “THE BIG LIE” in the future.
Cheney responded to the former president’s comment by tweeting, “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.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was overheard on a hot mic earlier this month expressing his annoyance with the Wyoming Republican.
“I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
Romney’s tweet in support of Cheney drew critical responses on social media.
“Here’s a little challenge for ya, Willard. Name me one Liz Cheney fan who isn’t a RINO, legacy media propagandist, neocon, or Democrat,” one Twitter user wrote.
Here's a little challenge for ya, Willard. Name me one Liz Cheney fan who isn't a RINO, legacy media propagandist, neocon, or Democrat.
— AdamInHTownTX (Freedom Loving Neanderthal) (@AdamInHTownTX) May 10, 2021
With all due respect, I’m more likely to listen to someone who actually won a presidential election —
something you were unable to do.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 11, 2021
It’s not about votes Mitt. It’s about integrity and providing the American people a sound and uniform message from the Republican Party. Something you have forgotten since becoming Senator Romney.
— Jon Mack (@The_JonEffect) May 10, 2021
Romney says: "Expelling Liz Cheney will drive away voters"
This just simply isn't the case.
Republican leadership should reflect Republican voters. Straying from that concept will UNDOUBTEDLY hemorrhage Republican voters.
Exact opposite of Romney's statement is true.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 11, 2021
The only people who support Liz Cheney are Democrats–including this one. https://t.co/Exrs161YWx
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) May 11, 2021
You're next. https://t.co/3iiNjzDEML
— john jackson (@pvtjokerus) May 10, 2021