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Politics House Republicans are plotting to oust Liz Cheney and replace her with a pro-Trump woman

14:40  04 may  2021
14:40  04 may  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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a person wearing glasses talking on a cell phone: House Republicans reportedly believe Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man. Getty © Getty House Republicans reportedly believe Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man. Getty
  • House Republicans are plotting to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, Axios reported.
  • It follows her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump.
  • Potential replacements include Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, Axios reported.
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House Republicans are lining up replacements for the GOP leadership spot held by Rep. Liz Cheney following her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump, Axios reported.

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Cheney, the third most senior House Republican, has been a vocal critic of the former president and voted to impeach him in January.

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Her most recent criticism of Trump came on Monday when she tweeted: "The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."

Axios reported that House Republicans are now considering introducing efforts to replace her with one of her female colleagues, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, none of whom joined Liz Cheney in calling for Trump's impeachment.

Both Stefanik and Walorski objected to the Electoral College certification of the election in January.

The House Republicans believe Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man and their could move against her as soon as May 12, when the Conference next meets, Axios reported.

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  Who is Liz Cheney? House Republicans' No. 3, daughter of a VP, Trump critic Liz Cheney is the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who held the same GOP leadership position from which she may be ousted.Cheney was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Trump's impeachment over his alleged incitement of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and has since remained firm in her belief that Trump's rhetoric led to the violence.

Cheney comfortably survived a GOP leadership vote in February following intense criticism over her decision to vote for Trump's impeachment.

But several factors have imperiled Cheney's leadership position since then, not least the continued efforts of Trump - who still exerts a vice-like grip on the Republican Party - to ensure Cheney's political demise.

The schism between Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also grown far more apparent since February, Insider's John L. Dorman reported.

McCarthy publicly backed Cheney to remain in post in February, but last week refused to offer the same endorsement, saying instead: "That's a question for the conference."

He also criticized Cheney in an interview with Politico last week, saying: "There's a responsibility, if you're gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last. And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties."

She was also intensely criticized by House colleagues for giving a fist bump to President Biden last week.

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House GOP set to vote on ousting Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership .
Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has repeatedly bashed Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him. Your browser does not support this video House Republicans are expected to vote Wednesday on whether to strip vocal Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney of her party leadership role and replace her with pro-Trump Rep. Elise Stefanik.A no-confidence vote is likely to come during a closed-door GOP conference meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. ET.

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