Liz Cheney Ousted

May 12, 2021
Close up of Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

We cannot both embrace the “Big Lie” and embrace the Constitution…The nation needs a strong Republican party.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) in her remarks after being removed from her leadership position by her fellow Republican lawmakers.
  • Congresswoman Cheney's leadership position was the third highest among the House Republicans, behind only the House Majority Whip (Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca) and House Minority Whip (Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La).
  • The Conference Chair helps communicate a party's unified message or stance on policy issues or legislation.
  • Congresswoman Cheney fell out of step with other leaders in the party over her criticism of former President Donald Trump; She was one of 10 Republicans to vote for his impeachment in 2021; see her full statement on the impeachment vote here.
  • Congresswoman Cheney referred to President Trump's assertion that the 2020 election was stolen as "The Big Lie." Here's a recent tweet where she uses that term: "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."
  • Within her own party, she had both supporters and opposition:
    • Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Oh): “You can’t have a conference chair who recites Democrat talking points.”
    • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.): "I stand with Liz. I’m proud of her. There’s a lot of people who are proud of her for what she’s done and a lot of people who feel threatened by her.”
  • Context: Immediately following the election, House Republicans voted on whether Congresswoman Cheney should stay in her leadership role – She survived that vote in February, but not months later.
  • What's Next: The House GOP is expected to vote within a week on a replacement.

BIG PICTURE: Political analysts speculate how much former President Trump (his past term in office and his influence moving forward) will define the Republican party.

Sources: USA Today article

The Hill article

ABC article

Rep. Liz Cheney's full speech

by Jenna Lee,