Wednesday, May 12, 2021

House Republicans vote to remove Liz Cheney as conference chair

I posted Colbert and Meyers take closer looks at replacing Liz Cheney and Arizona audit yesterday, so it was already time for a straight news examination of the issue before MSNBC reported Republicans Vote To Remove Rep. Liz Cheney From GOP Leadership earlier this morning.

House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her position as conference chair, the No. 3 position in caucus leadership, after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. The vote totals will not be released because a voice vote was held.
I'm neither surprised nor disappointed. I saw this coming and didn't expect any better from my former party. As I wrote yesterday, "the GOP is sticking closer to Trump than ever."

The voice vote to remove Cheney came after she spoke last night to explain her position. Rachel Maddow excerpted a highlight from that address and analyzed it in Defiant Liz Cheney Blasts Republicans For Emboldening 'Liar' Trump.

Rachel Maddow shares highlights from a speech by Rep. Liz Cheney on the House floor in which she excoriates her Trump-supporting Republican colleagues for failing to support the Constitution and the rule of law and calling democracy into question by parroting Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election.
Calling democracy into question is one of the strategies of Vladimir Putin in dealing with the U.S. and European democracies. Trump is acting like he's working for Russia, even if he's just following Putin's bad example — a bad bromance indeed!

I close today with Politico's Cheney reacts to her ousting from Republican leadership spot.

House Republicans voted quickly on Wednesday to remove Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader over her repeated criticism of Donald Trump, a massive shakeup that ties the party tighter to Trump and threatens to create a new litmus test in the GOP.
On the one hand, "I never thought I would be on the same side of an issue as Liz Cheney [and] it makes me a bit uncomfortable. Chalk that up to a stuck clock being right twice a day." On the other, I think Trump's opponents should take in any allies who are willing to join us. Just remember that they are allies, not friends.

I'll keep following the story to see who replaces Cheney. I think it will likely be Elise Stefanik, but stay tuned to find out.

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