A majority of House Republicans plan to vote to remove Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, Politico reports.
Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter, joined nine other House Republicans in voting to impeach Trump for inciting the Capitol riot.
The move triggered a backlash among the House GOP, most of which voted to object to certain states’ election results even after Trump’s supporters overran the Capitol to block the counting of Electoral votes, killing five people and injuring dozens of others.
At least 107 House Republicans, a majority, now support removing Cheney as the Republican conference chair in a secret ballot.
Some have even threatened to boycott future conference meetings if Cheney retains her position.
Trump loyalists push to take over:
Trump loyalists Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin, both New York Republicans, are privately pushing to replace Cheney as the conference chair.
The push shows how much Trumpism has enveloped the House GOP.
“She has proven that she is out of step with the vast majority of our conference and the Republicans across the nation. A lot of people within our conference have a problem with it,” said freshman Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale.
“There are other people who are absolutely interested in filling that void, I will tell you,” he added. “And they would have broad-based support.”
Some Republicans push back:
Some senior Republican lawmakers predicted that Cheney could hang on to her job if Republicans want to tamp down the infighting.
Cheney has also been doing damage control behind the scenes to “ensure the party is unified going forward,” according to Politico.
“Removing Liz as the Conference Chair when she did exactly what the Leader told all of us to do – vote her conscience – sends a bad message,” said Texas Rep. Michael McCaul. “And I’ve spoken with many members of our Conference who have expressed their support for Liz and her leadership. I have confidence she will remain in her position and she has my support.”
“We’re going to have these discussions inside the conference. We have differences of opinion about a whole range of issues, including about this one,” Cheney said Thursday. “I anticipate and am confident that we will be united as a conference going forward.”