The leading Republican lawmaker said he supported the removal of Liz Cheney, a critic of ex-President Trump, from the leadership position.
U.S. Republican lawmakers have shown willingness to remove Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a prominent critic of former President Donald Trump, from the third -highest leadership position within the party.
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives could vote Wednesday on whether Cheney, the hawkish daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, retains her position as chairman of the Republican Conference.
On Sunday, the leading House Republican said he supported a bid by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Trump supporter, to take over the role.
“We want to be together going forward, and I think that’s what’s going to happen,” Congressman Kevin McCarthy said in an interview on Fox News ’Sunday Morning Futures program on Sunday.
Second House Republican leader Steve Scalise, also supported Stefanik, a 36-year-old lawmaker from New York state whose party status rose after he defended Trump while adjudicating in congress 2019 impeachment.
The controversial vote is the latest example of the growing conflict within the Republican Party between Trump supporters and critics, who seek describes himself as the only political leader capable of uniting the party.
Cheney publicly lamented Trump for his false claims that last year’s U.S. presidential election was stolen from him amid widespread voter fraud.
He is also among 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting resistance after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in a riot that killed five people.
Some of the Republicans have voted to impeach Trump ever since facing reprimands from their respective state Republican parties.
In an opinion piece Wednesday in The Washington Post, Cheney criticized the “dangerous and anti-democratic cult of Trump’s personality” and warned his fellow Republicans not to accept or ignore his statements that ” for fundraising and political purposes ”.
Other Republicans have also warned that Cheney’s ouster from the party leadership could upset the GOP.
“Right now, it’s the Titanic,” Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also voted to impeach Trump, told CBS’s Face the Nation program. “We are in the middle of this slow sink. We had a band playing on the deck that said everything was fine. ”
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said it bothered him “that you have to swear free of charge to the expensive leader or you will be expelled from the party”.
“It doesn’t make sense,” Hogan said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press program on Sunday.