WASHINGTON: US House of Representatives Republicans on Wednesday voted to remove Liz Cheney from their leadership, punishing her for criticising former President Donald Trump’s false claims that last year’s election was stolen from him through election fraud.
Cheney voted in January to impeach Trump on a charge that he incited an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. In recent days the House No. 3 Republican Cheney said the false claims of a stolen election were “poisoning our democratic system”.
After her removal, Cheney came out swinging, saying she would lead the fight to bring her party back to “fundamental principles of conservatism”. It was not yet clear when House Republicans will choose a replacement for Cheney in the position of party conference chair. Cheney’s critics said her criticism of Trump’s false claims about the election distracted from party messaging about Democrats and President Biden’s agenda. House Republicans held a secret ballot to oust her.