House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) announced that his caucus would vote on Wednesday, May 12, on whether to have Republican House Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) remain in her leadership position.
The Republicans will vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. 3 leadership position. McCarthy publicly attributed that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) would be the better fit for the role last Sunday, Breitbart reported.
“Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it’s clear that we need to make a change. As such, you should anticipate a vote on recalling the Conference Chair this Wednesday,” McCarthy wrote in his statement.
"Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it’s clear that we need to make a change. As such, you should anticipate a vote on recalling the Conference Chair this Wednesday.” pic.twitter.com/P0Euyl2wM3
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 10, 2021
The Wyoming lawmaker has been facing backlash from her Republican colleagues for her remarks on former President Trump, whose claims over the transparency of the 2020 election result she referred to as “the big lie.”
As one of the most high-profile among the 10 House Republicans, Cheney has displeased many. She voted to impeach the 45th president, allegedly inciting the Capitol riot on January 6, after which he was acquitted. The Wyoming lawmaker remained in her post after a close vote aiming to oust her from leadership.
McCarthy denied that the vote on Wednesday was due to her views about Trump.
In an interview with News Max on May 9, he reminded of the ways Democrats are “destroying our nation” in terms of the damaged economy with taxes raised, the border crisis that led to the fall of job rates, more threats of COVID-19 infections, and the threat from foreign terrorists. Hence, it was a move to ensure unification in “the biggest battles ever” with leftist officials for their agenda-induced problems.
“At conference, you have the most critical jobs of the messenger going forward,” McCarthy told the outlet. “We need a conference that’s united and that’s why we need a conference chair that’s delivering the message day in and day out and uniting the nation to make sure we are on the right footing going forward.”
“That’s why we will have a vote next week,” he explained.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) also denied that the decision to remove Cheney was retaliation in defense of Trump when he spoke on Newsmax TV.
“If we’re going to take this House back in 2022, it’s an absolute must, especially in the face of lockstep Democrats behind AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y.] and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi,” Babin said. “We’ve got to pull together and take this House back and save America from socialism. That’s the bottom line.”
Additionally, concerning several never-Trumper republicans that news media has referred to as a war within the party, he said it was just “some differences of opinion.”
“But hey, we’re Republicans and again, we don’t march in a lockstep like the Democrats do. We all have our ideas and our philosophies. And we tend to vote those, as history kind of shows us compared to the Democrats,” he said.