By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Days before House Republicans were expected to vote on removing her from her Republican leadership position, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney appeared in an ad affirming her stances on the presidential election and what it means to be a Republican.
The Republican Accountability Project advertisement features news clips of former President Donald Trump and clips of the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year, with a narration from Cheney, taken from various audio clips.
“President Trump, for months leading up to Jan. 6, spread the notion that the election had been stolen,” she said in the video. “There was a judicial process in place. This is not something we can simply look past.”
She also said in the video that the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln, not of Q-Anon or white supremacy.
The Republican Accountability Project was formed in 2020 as “Republican Voters Against Trump” and compiled testimonials from Trump’s former supporters, conservatives, Republicans and others on why they wouldn’t vote for him in the 2020 election.
Earlier this year, it became the Republican Accountability Project following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Now, the group works to defend “Republican principles” and criticizes legislators its members hold responsible for the Capitol riot.
The ad debuted Monday morning, two days before House Republicans were expected to vote on whether to remove Cheney from her position as the Republican conference chair, the No. 3 GOP position in the house, because of her continued sparring with Trump over his claims of election fraud.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Lousiana, confirmed that he is now backing Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, for Cheney’s position. Trump is also expected to endorse Stefanik for the job.
“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for Conference Chair,” said Scalise’s spokeswoman Lauren Fine.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, also said that some Republicans were concerned about Cheney’s “ability to carry out her job” as a result of her public comments about Trump.