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Cheney reaction: Liz ousted from top GOP post over anti-Trump stance
Fresh off her ouster from House Republican leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney is maintaining her crusade to do “whatever it takes” to oppose former President Donald Trump.
Cheney (R-Wyo.), who was removed Wednesday morning from her position as House Republican Conference Chair for her focus on criticizing Trump, made the comments in an interview with NBC’s “Today” after being asked three times about mounting her own 2024 run.
“Right now, I am very focused on making sure that our party becomes again a party that stands for truth and stands for fundamental principles that are conservative and mostly stands for the Constitution,” the Wyoming lawmaker replied after repeatedly dodging the question.
“I won’t let a former president or anybody else unravel the democracy.”
Pressed further on the matter by anchor Savannah Guthrie, who asked if she would do “whatever it takes” to keep Trump out of office, Cheney replied, “Whatever it takes.”
Cheney’s ouster by members of her conference Wednesday is an extremely rare move, one which highlights the 45th president’s leadership in the Republican party.
She survived an attempt to oust her from leadership in February over her vote to impeach the then-outgoing president.
Her standing with GOP colleagues had weakened since then, though, as members grew frustrated with her continued comments regarding the former president and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Her split with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on the scope of a 9/11-style commission on the riot, as well as her revealing exclusively to The Post that she was mulling a 2024 White House bid, also drew the ire of her colleagues in leadership.
Asked by reporters for reaction in the immediate aftermath of her removal, Cheney said that she believed what had happened was “an indication of where the Republican Party is, and I think that the party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from.”
“The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that is based upon 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 continued.
“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
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