After Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was ousted from her spot as the third ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, she remained defiant and critical of former President Donald Trump, which is what got her ousted in the first place.
After she was voted out of her GOP conference chair, Cheney spoke to the press:
“The nation needs a party that is committed to the fundamental principles of conservatism. And I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward and I plan to lead the fight to do that.”
She also added her resolved to ensure that Trump will not win reelection if he chooses to run for the White House again in 2024:
“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office. 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.”
Before the vote, Trump himself let his thoughts on Cheney be made known:
“The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a great opportunity today to rid themselves of a poor leader, a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart.”
After the vote, Trump took a victory lap, unleashing a vicious attack on Cheney and celebrating her ousting:
“Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our country. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our great military, the worst decision in our country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a paid contributor on CNN or MSDNC!”
David Jackson, reporting for USA Today, suggests that by choosing to oust Cheney from House GOP leadership, Republicans showed they will move forward as the party of Donald Trump.
The decision to remove Cheney, Jackson continued, “sets up a future in which GOP candidates will campaign as Trump acolytes and carry on his protests over his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden.”
Political Scientist Samuel Popkin echoed that:
“There is no Republican Party – there’s really just the Trump party.”
The response on Social Media was a mixture of support for Cheney and condemnation for the GOP for the move: