When asked about GOP’s ousting of House Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her position as party leader, Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the party was eating itself. In an interview conducted by Stephen Colbert in his late night show, Sen. Warren said she thinks the Cheney ouster was a short-term ploy to avoid primary challenges, so the GOP could regain House Majority in 2022.
Warren commented that the GOP’s actions were not at all about preserving democracy. It was mainly because Rep. Cheney has been vocal about not supporting the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. Senator Warren told Colbert that it is not how democracy works. To the Republicans in Congress, Rep. Cheney was simply not showing loyalty to Trump by acknowledging the latter was defeated by Joe Biden.
The Massachusetts senator said the 2020 election had many record-breaking results, including the more than 7 million who voted for President Biden, which was a new national record. The Republicans has punished Rep. Cheney for acknowledging this instead of showing loyalty to Donald Trump.
Rep. Cheney Remains Defiant After Ouster
Rep. Cheney’s ouster was presided over by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California by way of a speedy, closed-door conference. According to Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, an ally of Rep. Cheney, there were no speeches or debates, as the voting immediately took place.
Although a secret ballot voting was originally planned, voice voting was more important, as a way to determine who else among the Republicans supported Rep. Cheney’s stance against Donald Trump. Rep. Kinzinger described the moment as a sad day, adding that truth cannot co-exist with lies.
After the closed-door voting, Rep. Cheney told reporters that should Trump try to run for another term as president, she will do everything she can to make sure he will never even get near the Oval Office again.