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House GOP Ousts Trump Critic Liz Cheney From Top Post

House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as the chamber’s No. 3 GOP leader on Wednesday, punishing her after she repeatedly rebuked former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Meeting behind closed doors for less than 20 minutes, GOP lawmakers used a voice vote to remove Cheney, R-Wyo., from the party’s No. 3 House position, a jarring turnabout to what’s been her fast-rising career within the party.

She was Congress’ highest-ranking Republican woman and is a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and her demotion was the latest evidence that challenging Trump can be career-threatening.

Cheney has refused to stop repudiating Trump and defiantly signaled after the meeting that she intended to use her overthrow to try pointing the party away from the former president.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” she told reporters.

Cheney’s replacement was widely expected to be Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., who entered the House in 2015 at age 30, then the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Stefanik owns a more moderate voting record than Cheney but has evolved into a vigorous Trump defender who’s echoed some of his claims about widespread election cheating.


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  1. The death knell of what used to be the republican party. As Mitt Romney said, they won’t gain a single voter with this move but will lose many. A party of fascism, lies and conspiracy theories.

  2. Her constant attacks on FORMER President Trump were a distraction. She’s a die-hard conservative, and her focusing on the issue of whether Trump was or was not justified had nothing to do with anything except to keep Trump in the headlines. Trump probably had good reason to suspect he was cheated (since he based on exit polls he won), though the evidence that Democrats (due to Covid paranoia) preferred mail-in ballots explains the inaccuracy of exit polls, and the fact that there was no “blue wave” suggests no massive vote fraud since if someone was stuffing the ballot boxes, all Republicans (not just Trump) would have lost. Certainly in the past, a major discrepancy between exit polls and final results is grounds to be skeptical, and in the past, if mail in ballots were radically different than in-person voting one would be skeptical, so it is a “lie” to say Trump had no basis for feeling the election was stolen (even if he was probably wrong).

  3. Another AP story, more lies:
    “…former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.”

    He did neither.

    Those election claims are, at best, “disputed claims”, not “false claims” as they have never been proven false.

    The lying AP also doesn’t mention how key states unconstitutionally changed their laws to allow more mail-in voting, which certainly increases the risk of tainted elections but whose ballots were, regardless, invalid.

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