Republican lawmakers say Liz Cheney, a critic of former President Trump, supports the removal of the leadership.
U.S. Republican lawmakers are ready to oust Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a prominent critic of former President Donald Trump, to remove the party’s third-in-command.
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives could vote from Wednesday on whether Cheney, the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, will retain the presidency of the Republican Conference.
On Sunday, the House’s top Republican said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Trump supporter, backed the offer she made to take on the role.
“We want to move forward, and I think that’s going to happen,” Congressman Kevin McCarthy said in an interview with Fox News ’Sunday Morning Futures program on Sunday.
The head of the second Republican in the House, Steve Scalise, also supports Stefan.
The contentious vote is the latest example of a growing rift between Trump supporters and critics within the Republican Party. portray himself as the only political leader capable of uniting the party.
Cheney has publicly condemned Trump for allegedly rigging voter fraud for allegedly stealing the U.S. presidential election last year.
He was also among the 10 Republicans in the House he voted to impeach Trump Accused of sparking an uprising, a troop in his favor killed five people in a riot after he attacked the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.
Some Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have since in the face of reprimand from the Republican parties of the state concerned.
Cheney in an opinion piece in The Washington Post on Wednesday denounced “the dangerous and anti-democratic cult of Trump’s identity,” and warned his Republican members to embrace or ignore his statements “for fundraising and political purposes.”
Other Republicans have also warned that expulsion from the Cheney party leadership could sink the GOP.
“Right now, it’s basically the Titanic,” said Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also voted to impeach Trump on CBS’s Face the Nation program. “We are in the middle of this slow sink. We’re playing a team on the back telling everyone it’s okay. ”
Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, said it bothers him to “swear allegiance to the beloved leader or throw him out of the party.”
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Hogan said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.