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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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy amplified the renewed pressure on No. 3 House Republican leader Liz Cheney on Tuesday, citing rank-and-file concerns about “her ability to carry out her job” after she traded insults with former President Donald Trump.
McCarthy's comments on the Fox News Channel underscored the continued, if not growing, hold that. Rather than standing by Cheney, McCarthy essentially landed himself in the camp of her critics, whose increasingly outspoken attacks on her suggest her hold on her leadership job may be in renewed peril.
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GOP Makes a Choice: Donald Trump Over Liz CheneyWhen Liz Cheney voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump back in January, her fellow Republicans were able to set that aside as a vote of conscience. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House and a mainstay of conservative politics for decades, told her colleagues that she’d never apologize for sticking with her convictions. Even her critics admired the swagger. The attempt to remove her from the post failed by a 61-to-145 margin. If that’s what Cheney believed to be true, so be it.
“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out her job as conference chair, to carry out the message," said McCarthy, R-Calif. “We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given. They are earned.”
McCarthy was interviewed a day after Trump went on an offensive about his false claims that last November's presidential election was stolen from him. Despite his assertions otherwise, numerous state and federal courts and local election officials have never unearthed evidence of widespread fraud in that voting,
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Cheney continues to be critical of former President Donald Trump's false claim of election fraud and his role in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, despite pressure from party leaders and Trump allies in Congress. A closed-door showdown vote by House Republicans on her fate and her replacement is possible next week, according to the Associated Press.According to House GOP aides, Cheney is making little effort to garner support for herself by calling colleagues or enlisting others to lobby on her behalf."Liz will have more to say in the coming days.
Trump critics have labeled his unfounded claims “The Big Lie,” and he issued a statement trying to use that moniker himself.
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” he wrote.
But Cheney, R-Wyo., quickly fired back. She was among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in encouraging the Jan. 6 attack by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol, and she used Twitter on Monday to respond to Trump.
“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,” she wrote.
In response to Cheney, Trump issued a fresh statement reiterating his desire to see her defeated by another Republican in next year’s Wyoming GOP primary and claiming that people in Wyoming “never liked her much.”
The divisions come with Republicans optimistic about their chances of winning back control of the House in the 2022 elections. The GOP believes it has a trove of issues to use against Democrats by attacking President Joe Biden's handling of the huge numbers of migrants trying to cross the Southwest border and for not prompting pandemic-shuttered schools and businesses to reopen faster.
Fractures in GOP on display as Liz Cheney faces criticism
House Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney is once again facing the ire of her colleagues and GOP voters, laying bare the ongoing and internal divisions within the GOP about how Republicans should move forward in the wake of former President Donald Trump. © Erin Schaff/Pool/Getty Images Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) attends a congressional tribute to the late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick who lies in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on February 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Officer Sicknick died as a result of injuries he sustained during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In February, conservatives unhappy over Cheney's confrontations with Trump overwhelmingly lostof House Republicans aimed at ousting her from her leadership job, 145-61.
But in recent weeks, Cheney's continued willingness to speak out against Trump has prompted fresh criticism of her. Cheney is a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and like him is viewed as part of the GOP establishment, making her a natural target for the party's pro-Trump conservatives.
McCarthy had told reporters that during the House GOP's closed-door meeting that resulted in Cheney keeping her job, he had defended her.
“People can have differences of opinion. That’s what you can have a discussion about. Liz has a right to vote her conscience,” McCarthy said then.
McCarthy struck a completely different tone on Tuesday. He said GOP lawmakers are concerned about the party's messaging, which is part of the No. 3 leader's job.
“What’s our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another,” McCarthy said.
Liz Cheney Has Only Herself to Blame .
The representative from Wyoming is taking a stand against an authoritarian streak in the Republican Party that she helped cultivate.Cheney’s transgression? She has continued to insist, truthfully, that former President Donald Trump’s claims about the 2020 election are false, after having voted to impeach him in March for inciting a mob that stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the result.