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Politics Cheney ousted from leadership post. The other 9 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have also faced a backlash.

06:15  13 may  2021
06:15  13 may  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as conference chair in a Wednesday morning vote , following months of brewing friction over her constant criticisms of former President Trump , according to Axios , citing two sources in the room. The decision was made by voice vote "If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy," Cheney added. Rep. Liz. Cheney speaks for after being ousted from House GOP leadership : "I will do everything I can to ensure that the former

House Republicans oust Cheney from leadership for calling out Trump ’s false election claims. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) spoke to reporters on May 12 after the House Republican conference voted to oust her as conference chair. “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy,” Cheney told her Republican colleagues Wednesday morning, according to a person familiar with her remarks who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.

House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Wednesday from her leadership post as conference chair after she repeatedly called out former President Donald Trump's "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen.

Adam Kinzinger wearing a suit and tie sitting at a desk: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois © Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois

The move sends a high-profile message about the Republican Party's priorities, its ongoing loyalty to the former President and the limited extent to which it is willing to tolerate dissent even after Trump's election lies incited a deadly attack on the US Capitol.

Prior to losing her leadership role, Cheney was the No. 3 House Republican and the highest-ranking of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection on January 6 when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. The other nine House Republicans have also faced a backlash, including the threat of primary challenges over their impeachment votes as well as censure and calls for their resignation by state and local Republican groups.

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Trump has called Cheney a "poor leader , a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger…" She also was among the handful of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after he urged his supporters to protest Biden's election "peacefully" on Jan. 6, and dozens, or perhaps hundreds, vandalized the U.S. Capitol. Trump was acquitted in that case, the second time Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi's orchestrated impeach -and-remove attempts against him failed. Examiner commentator Byron York noted the conflict developed because " Cheney felt a mission to keep pushing against Trump , even as he became a

House Republicans today voted to remove Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the chamber. While some might paint Cheney ’s ousting as a fracture within the GOP, it’s important to note that her supporters don’t actually appear to be from within the Republican Party. TV host Joy Behar, a staunch progressive, also had surprisingly kind words for the self-described Republican , saying, “It is rather refreshing to see somebody stand up to the QAnon party who is not afraid to lose her job like the rest of those cowards who are shivering and quivering in the corner.”

Jaime Herrera Beutler holding a glass of wine: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state © Al Drago/Pool/Getty Images Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state

Some of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach, most notably Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, have continued to speak out about the "Big Lie" and the future of the Republican Party now that Trump is no longer in office. Others have taken a much lower profile approach since the impeachment vote, not frequently commenting publicly, if at all, on the direction the party is taking in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.

David Valadao wearing a suit and tie: Rep. David Valadao of California © Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. Rep. David Valadao of California

Here's a (non-exhaustive) look at what has happened to the nine other House Republicans since they voted to impeach and the extent to which they have continued to speak out about the deep divisions within the party in the aftermath of January 6:

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If Cheney is ousted from her leadership post this week as expected, it would highlight how much the January vote to impeach Trump by the 10 GOP lawmakers was not the start of some bigger movement, but a momentary blip of resistance in a party that has been Mutual respect for casting a consequential vote has bonded the 10 pro- impeachment House Republicans , as has the backlash they have received for rebuking Trump . Eight of the 10 have been censured by the Republican Party in their states, with Gonzalez most recently being admonished and facing calls to resign.

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Adam Kinzinger of Illinois

Anthony Gonzalez wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio © GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio

Adam Kinzinger has been in the national spotlight often since his impeachment vote as a leading critic of the Republican Party's embrace of Trump's "Big Lie" and other conspiracy theories. Kinzinger has spoken out in support of Cheney and criticized the GOP over the push to remove her from leadership.

Fred Upton wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan © Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/AP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan

"You cannot unite with lies, if somebody is going to use lies to gain power and say, 'let's have unity,' you can't do it," Kinzinger said at an event earlier this week. "'We need to remove Liz Cheney because she makes me have to answer questions that I know are false.' That's what they're saying."

Kinzinger said at the event that House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise "decided that winning the next election was more important than a clear-eyed recognition of what happened on January 6."

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House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as conference chair in a voice vote Wednesday, capping months of growing backlash over her criticisms of former President Trump , according to two sources in the room.Why it matters: The stunning removal of the No. 3 House Cheney speaking to reporters after the vote . Photo: Glen Johnson/AxiosHow we got here: Republicans have been unhappy with Cheney ever since she sided against Trump in his baseless claims of election fraud. She was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the former

Cheney was ousted after GOP members expressed unhappiness with her criticisms of Trump and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Cheney was among the 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for inciting the riot. In the immediate aftermath of the election, Trump , upset over Fox News coverage, urged his Twitter followers to migrate to other networks, like Newsmax and One America, more zealous in covering his post -election claims. Since the inauguration, Fox News has increased its nighttime hours devoted to opinion programming, with hosts largely favorable to Trump , and to its

"That was a lie that led to violence," he said.

The Illinois Republican recently launched a political action committee as part of an effort he's calling "Country First" that seeks to counter the GOP's embrace of conspiracy theories and the former President. The congressman has endorsed the nine other House Republicans who voted to impeach over the Capitol attack as they now face down the potential threat of primary challenges.

Dan Newhouse sitting at a table: Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington © Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington

He also recently endorsed a Texas GOP congressional candidate, Michael Wood, who ran unsuccessfully in a crowded field on a platform calling for Republicans to turn away from Trump and reject conspiracy theories.

"I think what's important is that people see there are people out there that support you, that will back you if you do the right thing," Kinzinger told CNN of the endorsement. "It's a long-term battle for the soul of the party."

Kinzinger has been censured by several county GOP organizations in Illinois and drawn a pro-Trump primary challenger, Catalina Lauf, who has said she is running against him, arguing that he "betrayed his constituents" and criticizing his impeachment vote.

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John Katko of New York

John Katko has faced criticism from local GOP leaders in his home state of New York as a result of his impeachment vote.

In the run-up to the vote to oust Cheney, Katko said that if there was a vacancy for the leadership post of House GOP conference chair he would support GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, another New York lawmaker who now appears poised to be elevated to the position.

"I have every confidence that Elise will be a superb leader for all of our conference, not just some," Katko told The Auburn Citizen, though he also called Cheney "a good friend."

The congressman has stood by his impeachment vote, telling CNN in February, "Hell no," when asked if he had any regrets over the vote to impeach Trump.

John Katko wearing a suit and tie: Republican Rep. John Katko of New York © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images Republican Rep. John Katko of New York

Fred Upton of Michigan

Fred Upton has also faced rebukes from Republicans at the state level following his impeachment vote.

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Back in his home state of Michigan, the Allegan County Republican Party censured Upton for his vote, saying that he betrayed his "oath of office and core values" of the county party.

The Cass County Republican Party also censured the congressman over the impeachment vote.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan

"We believe Congressman Upton's vote is a betrayal of his oath of office and core values of the Cass County Republican Party," the resolution said, according to The Detroit News.

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Tom Rice wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina © Sean Rayford/Getty Images Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina

When he announced he would vote to impeach, Upton said in a statement, "The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next."

Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington

In Jaime Herrera Beutler's home state of Washington, the state's Republican Central Committee passed a resolution condemning Trump's impeachment "without question or exception" and expressing disappointment at Reps. Dan Newhouse, another Washington Republican who voted to impeach, and Herrera Beutler.

The congresswoman defended her vote to CNN in February, saying, "When push comes to shove, I'm gonna stand with the Constitution, which is why I actually I'm at peace with it."

Herrera Beutler also said that she's "not worried" about a potential primary challenger.

"There's a lot of Republicans who disagreed with me on it, and I totally respect that," Herrera Beutler said at the time. "They don't expect you to agree with them on everything, but they want to be able to trust you."

One would-be challenger, Joe Kent, describes himself as an "American First Republican" and has taken on the congresswoman specifically over her impeachment vote, saying that she "no longer represents our community's values."

Dan Newhouse of Washington

Despite the pushback he has faced, Dan Newhouse told CNN in February he does not have regrets about his vote.

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"Can I say that's a dumb question?" the congressman said when asked if he has any regrets about his vote after getting backlash from Trump supporters. "I do not regret it."

At the end of January, Newhouse rebuffed a call for his resignation from a number of county GOP leaders.

"I am not resigning," Newhouse said, according to the Spokesman-Review. "Many Republicans have agreed with my vote, and many have disagreed. For those who disagree with me on this issue, I hope they will remember my lifelong support for conservative causes and values."

Peter Meijer of Michigan

Peter Meijer has spoken out about his concerns over the future of the Republican Party in the wake of January 6.

In a recent interview with CNN, Meijer expressed concern that baseless conspiracy theories like QAnon will destroy the GOP from within if Republicans don't decisively and unequivocally condemn the false and dangerous beliefs and take action to stop their spread.

"When we say QAnon, you have the sort of extreme forms, but you also just have this softer, gradual undermining of any shared, collective sense of truth," Meijer said. The Michigan freshman believes conspiracy theories fuel "incredibly unrealistic and unachievable expectations" and "a cycle of disillusionment and alienation" that could lead conservative voters to sit out elections or, in a worst-case scenario, turn to political violence, like what happened on January 6.

Meijer has been censured by GOP county groups in the state, and Tom Norton, the third-place finisher in a 2020 primary won by Meijer in western Michigan, has said he is running again, citing the congressman's impeachment vote.

Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio

Anthony Gonzalez defended Cheney for standing up for her beliefs ahead of the vote to remove her.

"If a prerequisite for leading our conference is lying to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit," Gonzalez said. "Liz is going to be honest, straight up and going to stand her own ground."

Trump has already endorsed a primary challenger to Gonzalez, an early sign of the former President's plans to exert his influence on Republican primaries ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and retaliate against Republicans who have gone against him.

"Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart. Max Miller has my Complete and Total Endorsement!" Trump said in a statement in February.

Miller announced his campaign for Ohio's 16th District in February, writing on Twitter, "I'm running for Congress to stand up for Northeast Ohioans. They overwhelmingly voted for the America First agenda. But their Congressman betrayed them when he voted to impeach President Trump."

The Ohio Republican Party Central Committee voted last week to both censure and call for the resignation of Gonzalez.

Tom Rice of South Carolina

Tom Rice has also faced headwinds in his home state over his impeachment stance.

The South Carolina Republican Party voted in January to formally censure Rice, who had not been expected to vote for impeachment but who explained after his vote that the President's response to the riot led him to cross the aisle.

When reached by CNN on Tuesday ahead of the vote to remove Cheney from leadership, Rice said, "I think I've commented enough for a while."

Rice told CNN in February he stood by his vote to impeach. "In eight years in Congress, I probably had a hundred votes that I could have gone either way, and I maybe second-guessed a little bit," he said. "This is not one of them."

David Valadao of California

David Valadao of California has also had to grapple with the potential threat of a primary challenge.

The "issues" page on a website launched by former Fresno City Councilman Chris Mathys, who has said he'll take on Valadao, includes just three sentences, all targeting the congressman's impeachment vote.

"President Trump has fought on our behalf to protect our conservative, republican values," the website states. "It is unbelievable that Congressman David Valadao would vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. I will do everything to restore our conservative values and make sure America never becomes a socialist country."

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Liz Cheney entered this week knowing it would likely be her last as a member of the House Republican leadership team. © Joshua Roberts/Reuters Liz Cheney (R-WY) departs after a House Republican Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The Wyoming congresswoman fully expects to lose her position as the No. 3 Republican in the House when her conference votes on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with her thinking.

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