Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) overruled Liz Cheney while making her case that the GOP should remove the Wyoming Rep from GOP leadership by saying that Trump voters are critical for Republicans to take back the House in 2022.
Stefanik, who most expect to replace Cheney (R-WY) as House Republican Conference chair next week if a snap vote is held detailed why she would do a better job in the key GOP messaging position in a Sirius radio interview. “Number one, I would listen to the voters across the country, which I do every day in my district, which voted overwhelmingly for President Trump,” Stefanik said.
“I would also spend the time listening to the members of the conference and making sure that we’re representing the majority of the Republican conference’s views, and when you’re not able to do that anymore, you should step down from those leadership positions,” Elise said taking a swipe at Cheney.
“You should realize that it’s not an opportunity for you to share your personal views, whatever they may be, that you speak for the team,” Stefanik added.
“I also would make sure that we’re not attacking our fellow members and attacking President Trump and Trump supporters.
“If you look at the November election, President Trump earned more votes than any other Republican nominee candidate for president in our nation’s history, and those voters, that coalition is going to be critical going into the next election.
“I know that voters across this country want people who can stand strong and fight on their behalf and speak with a clear message about what’s at stake,” she said.
Elise wasn’t the only one putting Cheney on notice. From The Hill:
The chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee blamed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for distracting GOP efforts to oppose President Biden’s agenda with her consistent criticism of former President Trump following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that Cheney, the House Republican Conference chairwoman, should not have a role in leadership if she continues to call out Trump.
“Republicans are almost completely unified … to oppose the radical Biden agenda,” Banks said, adding that Cheney was acting as a holdout.
“We are almost entirely unified on this issue, except for Liz Cheney,” he said, adding that “any leader who is not focused on that … at this point needs to be replaced.”
Thank you President Trump for your 100% support for House GOP Conference Chair. We are unified and focused on FIRING PELOSI & WINNING in 2022!— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 5, 2021