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Liz Cheney Gets The Boot

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House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney Wednesday morning in a closed-door vote from the No. 3 spot from leadership — but the Wyoming Republican remained defiant on the way out.

Cheney had remained steadfast in her opposition to former President Donald Trump and his “dangerous lies” about the 2020 election being stolen from him — putting her at odds with other House Republicans who wanted to move on from the Jan. 6 riot and unite the party to win in the 2022 midterms.

Cheney was removed by a voice vote and took a swing at Trump after the Capitol meeting.

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“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said after her ouster. “We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution, and I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution.”

Republicans, however, felt that Cheney’s continued comments against Trump and conflicting statements against leadership were playing in Democrats’ hands and becoming a distraction. She already survived a vote of no confidence in February, but instead of treading lightly after the warning shot, Cheney continued to double-down on her rhetoric, angering her colleagues.

So on Wednesday, Republicans were quick to move on from Cheney, with Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N. C., sending out a gleeful tweet after her removal.

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Other Republicans said Cheney was too focused on attacking the GOP than pushing back on President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s policies.

“For months it’s been clear that Cheney is unfit for any leadership role in the Republican Party,” said Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont. “Conservatives tried to fix the problem in February, but weren’t listened to. Even so, I’m glad we’ve recognized this reality as a conference. Turning the page on her disastrous tenure will allow House Republicans to focus our messaging on fighting the Pelosi/Biden agenda.”

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