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Cheney Opponents Praise House Republicans For Ouster

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Republican challengers to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in her congressional re-election campaign are praising House Republicans for removing her from her position as House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, both of Cheney’s Wyoming colleagues declined to comment specifically on the ouster, but vowed to continue working with Cheney on issues important to Wyoming.

“House leadership decisions are up to the House caucus, but I look forward to continuing my work with Rep. Cheney and Senator Barrasso to do what is best for our state,” said U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso echoed a similar sentiment to Lummis.

“Wyoming has a three-member delegation,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “All three of us will keep standing up for Wyoming and fighting the attacks from the Biden administration. Today’s vote in the House doesn’t change that. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Liz Cheney and Cynthia Lummis on behalf of the people of Wyoming.”

Both Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, celebrated the news in the hours following Cheney’s removal from her position as the No. 3 ranking Republican in the House of Representatives. She is expected to be replaced U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, although no timeline has been officially set.

“Republican members of Congress finally did what so many Wyomingites have longed to do — get rid of Liz Cheney,” Gray said in a statement Wednesday. “While Wyoming voters must wait until 2022 to also vote her out, this is a welcome first step and shows Republicans are serious about making sure our party doesn’t sell out to socialist Democrats the way Liz Cheney already has.”

Gray added that Cheney is siding with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while continuing to “falsely” attack former President Donald Trump, a development he said was “disgusting.” He again criticized Cheney for voting to impeach Trump earlier this year and for recently fist-bumping President Joe Biden when he gave a joint speech to Congress.

“Wyoming voters gave her a chance to prove that she could effectively represent them and she has failed us miserably,” Gray said. “Today’s vote exposes Cheney for who she really is and is a good reminder that she can’t keep fooling Wyomingites like she did when she moved here to buy herself a seat in Congress.”

Like his colleague and opponent, Bouchard also celebrated Cheney’s removal, saying she was ousted because Republicans were the party of “America First” and Cheney refused and failed to represent this idea.

“Building the wall, reopening America and bringing American jobs back, opposing endless war, and stopping our enemies like China,” Bouchard wrote on his social media Wednesday. “That is AMERICA FIRST and Liz Cheney despises it. We must FIRE LIZ CHENEY! Vote Anthony Bouchard for Congress!”

Denton Knapp, a U.S. Army veteran who has become the sixth challenger to Cheney, said Wednesday’s decision shows that Republicans nationally are as unhappy with Cheney as he believes Wyoming residents are.

“That’s been coming for a long time,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “Not only does Wyoming disagree with her, but also the Republicans nationally.”

However, the move was criticized by Wyoming Democratic Party Joe Barbuto, who said Cheney’s ouster showed the Republican Party was more focused on defending a failed president and his lies than doing the work of the American people.

“In Wyoming and across the nation, the GOP is willfully choosing to build their party on a foundation of misinformation and falsehoods,” Barbuto said. “It’s a decision they will come to regret and voters will remember for many election cycles to come.”

Congressional candidate Darin Smith did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

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Trump Celebrates After Cheney Ousted From House Leadership Position

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has been officially ousted from her position as U.S. House conference chair.

Cheney was removed from her position on Wednesday morning as she continued to urge Republicans to reject former President Donald Trump’s claims that he actually won the 2020 presidential election.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney told reporters after she was ousted during a closed-door meeting,” Cheney said. The party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.”

She told her colleagues before they voted to oust her from her number three position in the House that she would continue to fight for conservative values in the United States and work to keep socialism out of the country.

Cheney has drawn the ire of many of her colleagues in recent weeks due to her regular skirmishes with Trump over his claims of fraud in the November general election.

The former president on Wednesday celebrated Cheney’s removal from her position, calling the representative a “bitter, horrible human being.”

“I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party,” Trump said on Wednesday. “She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history.”

On Wednesday, Cheney made a plea for her colleagues to reject Trump’s claims and vowed not to align herself with people who perpetuate lies about the election.

“Today, we face a threat America has never seen before,” Cheney said. “A former president who provoked a violent attack on this capital. In an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump following the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year. Many legislators believe Trump helped incite the attack, as he held a rally where he claimed he won the election just hours before the riot occurred.

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Cheney Vows to Make Sure Trump Never Gets Back to Oval Office

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Following her ouster from House Republican leadership on Wednesday morning, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney said she didn’t feel betrayed by the vote of her colleagues but added she will do all she can to make sure former President Donald Trump does not serve as president again.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said. “We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution.”

Speaking with reporters moments after the voice vote which expelled her from the third highest position in Congress, Cheney said she has a different view of what the Republican Party stands for.

“We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution going forward,” she said. “The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that 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.”

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Cheney Blasts Trump From House Floor On Night Before Expected Ouster From Leadership

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

On the eve of her expected ousting from Republican leadership in Congress, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday evening came out swinging against President Trump in an impassioned speech from the House floor.

In a 6 1/2 minute speech, Cheney said she would not line up with or speak out against Republican leaders who continue to allege that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

“I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” Cheney said.

“Today, we face a threat America has never seen before,” Cheney said. “A former president who provoked a violent attack on this capital. In an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence.”

Cheney, one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump in January, is expected to lose her leadership position in a vote before the House conference on Wednesday.

She survived an earlier vote by a large margin (145 – 61).  At that point, she could have dropped her criticism of President Trump’s election fraud claims and her desire to see a 9/11 style independent commission to focus on the January 6 attack on the Capitol. 

But she never swayed — even with the likely political consequences.

“What happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history, and I think that it’s very important that the commission be able to focus on that,” Cheney said in April.

Her push for a commission coupled with continued criticism of Trump’s allegations of election fraud got her into hot water with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans  — including those in Wyoming.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis have offered no support to Cheney.

Cheney said during her speech Tuesday that her position has more to do wth the truth than politics.

“This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie, emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that,” Cheney said.

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Cheney Narrates Ad Affirming Her Position on Capitol Riot, Trump

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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.

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No. 2 House Republican Supports Ousting Cheney From House Conference Chair

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House has officially come out in support of ousting U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her seat as House Conference chair.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Lousiana, confirmed this week that he is now backing Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, for the position, according to the Associated Press. Former president Donald 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, said this week that some Republicans were concerned about Cheney’s “ability to carry out her job” as a result of her public comments about Trump, the AP also reported.

In a statement Monday morning, Trump claimed that the 2020 presidential election would henceforth be known as “the BIG LIE,” referring to his thoughts that he actually won the presidency, but it was rigged against him from the start.

Cheney has challenged these claims from the president several times and took to social media again this week to repeat her thoughts.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter Monday.

Last month, the New York Times Magazine wrote a detailed report about the backlash Cheney has received for standing against the former president and her vote to impeach him following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Wyoming Democratic Chair Amused With Allegations of Liz Cheney Being A RINO

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto on Tuesday said he was amused that Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney is frequently called a liberal or a RINO (Republican in Name Only) by Republicans in the state.

Barbuto, in two Facebook posts, said the labeling of Cheney as anything but a partisan Republican doesn’t make sense and her votes show it.

“I’m getting a kick out of the posts/comments accusing Liz Cheney of being a liberal,” Barbuto wrote.  “Have you seen her voting record? She is most definitely on the conservative end of the political spectrum.”

“In fact, she voted in line with Donald Trump’s positions almost 94% of the time,” he said.

Barbuto told Cowboy State Daily that he believes the labeling of Cheney as a liberal or a RINO comes from one vote — the impeachment vote. He said if anyone truly believes she leans left, they aren’t paying attention or they’re just getting their news through biased social media accounts.

“Cheney is rated as one of the most partisan members of Congress on the right side of the aisle,” he said. “There is no case to be made that’s she’s liberal.”

“When Kevin McCarthy says she’s not delivering our message anymore, then what’s their message then? Because everything I hear are Republican talking points,” Barbuto said. “That’s been her role as long as she’s been in Washington, DC to be the megaphone for the Republican Party. She’s deviated from the message on one point and suddenly she’s not carrying the message anymore.”

Barbuto shared a CNN article that said Cheney could be losing support for her leadership role in Congress. Cheney is the third highest ranking Republican in the House.

The article mentioned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s alleged frustration with Cheney for not toeing the party line all the time.

“We all need to be working as one, if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned, and that’s about the message about going forward,” McCarthy said on FOX News.

However, Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler said the issue was about President Trump’s allegation that the presidential election was stolen and the significance of the riots at the U.S. Capitol in early January.

“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6,” Adler told CNN.  “Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”

Because Cheney won’t bend, her leadership position could rest in the balance. 

A second vote to remove Cheney (she survived the first attempt by a 145 – 61 margin in early February) could happen as early as May 12.

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Cheney Fires Back At Trump’s Claims Election Was Stolen (Again)

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and former President Donald Trump are once again trading barbed words about Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that he was the rightful winner.

In a statement Monday morning, Trump claimed that the election would henceforth be known as “the BIG LIE.” Cheney has shot down these claims multiple times from the former president, but again took to social media to repeat her thoughts.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter Monday.

While speaking at a conference in Georgia on Monday, Cheney expanded on her comments about the former president, according to CNN.

“We can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy,” she said. “We can’t whitewash what happened on Jan. 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on Jan. 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”

Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him was part of the reason Cheney ultimately voted to impeach him earlier this year following the riot at the U.S. Capitol. She was only one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump.

The attack occurred as Congress was confirming the Electoral College results, which certified Joe Biden as the president-elect. Five people were killed during the riot.

Cheney received much criticism from Wyoming Republicans as a result of her impeachment vote, which also prompted two Wyoming state legislators to run against her for the congressional seat.

The U.S. House Republican conference even voted in February to decide whether or not Cheney would keep her seat as conference chair, which she ultimately did.

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Cheney On Fist Bump Backlash: “We’re Different Political Parties, Not Sworn Enemies”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday fired back at those who criticized her for fist bumping President Joe Biden before his joint congressional speech earlier this week.

“I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way,” she wrote on Twitter. “We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans.”

Some Republicans, including Cheney’s opponents in her re-election bid, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, criticized the moment, and both Bouchard and Gray called for her impeachment following the friendly exchange.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Biden exchanged fist bumps with multiple politicians, including Cheney, when he entered the House chamber on Wednesday ahead of his first joint address to Congress.

It should be noted that Cheney spoke with Wyoming reporters just hours before Biden’s speech and criticized many of his policies, including his oil and gas moratorium, his decision to stop construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall and more.

However, she has also shown civility and respect to Biden, even welcoming him and Vice President Kamala Harris to the White House when they were sworn into office earlier this year.

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Cheney Fists Bumps Biden; Bouchard, Gray Respond With Impeachment Calls

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A fist bump exchanged between U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and President Joe Biden before Biden’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday night has drawn the ire of Cheney’s congressional opponents.

While attending Biden’s speech on Wednesday night, Cheney could be seen fist-bumping with the president, who was not shaking hands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden fist-bumped multiple other politicians as he entered the House of Representatives’ chambers.

However, this friendly gesture was seen as a slight against the Republican Party, as Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, noted on their respective social media accounts.

“The lady in blue, @RepLizCheney is probably the only republican allowed in the room,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter. “She is a disgrace and fails to represent the people of Wyoming. #embarrassing#resign#impeachlizcheney. Let’s get her out! Help me fight!”

Bouchard wrote two posts about the fist-bump, encouraging impeachment of the representative.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” he wrote Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Gray’s message was more subdued, but offered a sentiment similar to that of the Cheyenne senator.

“Liz, fist bump your way right out of Wyoming. We need to fire Liz right now,” he wrote.

Both men linked their messages to their respective campaigns, telling prospective voters to donate to them. They each launched their campaigns in the wake of Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, who she blamed for helping to incite the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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