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'Never again': Liz Cheney spits fire at Trump's 2024 re-election after she's ousted from GOP leadership
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was defiant on Wednesday after members of her caucus voted to oust her from leadership over her criticism of former President Donald Trump.
Cheney spoke following the vote to remove her as GOP conference chair.
"The nation needs a party that is committed to the fundamental principles of conservatism," Cheney told reporters. "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 also addressed the possibility that Trump could run for president again in 2024.
"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."
Trump also released a statement attacking Cheney prior to her ouster on Wednesday.
"The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a great opportunity today to rid themselves of a poor leader, a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart," Trump said.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was removed as Republican Party conference chair Wednesday morning in a voice vote.
The move was expected, even after she survived a similar challenge in February, after she voted to impeach former president Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection and repeatedly refused to endorse his lies about the November election he lost to President Joe Biden.
However, social media users were disgusted that House Republicans made the move in a voice vote rather than going on the record to endorse Cheney's removal.
A voice vote... just going the most cowardly route, I see.— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1620826268.0
Liz Cheney chose the rule of law over the Big Lie. So House Republicans just ousted her from her leadership positi… https://t.co/OlCSugmiim— Hakeem Jeffries (@Hakeem Jeffries) 1620825787.0
The truth will set you free... From the GOP.— The Tennessee Holler (@The Tennessee Holler) 1620826666.0
Oh those brave Republicans, stabbing Liz Cheney in the back during a secret vote this morning. It’s a cloaked-in-da… https://t.co/hFVJDhnqYY— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet) 1620821108.0
Liz Cheney just got canceled by the anti-"cancel culture" people.— Tim (@Tim) 1620825740.0
Now do Matt Gaetz’s committee assignments. Nah, jk. You keep being the sleazy motherfuckers you are, GOP.— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit) 1620826363.0
Voice vote? Cowards https://t.co/44wur3wswL— Charlie Sykes (@Charlie Sykes) 1620825483.0
Me to Rep. Thomas Massie: “When did Liz Cheney become a problem for Republicans?” Thomas Massie to me: “When did y… https://t.co/nbXPk6APG9— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1620826057.0
I hope this quote about Kevin McCarthy follows him for the rest of his career, because it certainly is his legacy. https://t.co/LgyZQf0ELy— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1620826667.0
Former democratic Rep Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) tells me the vote of no confidence was a LOUD voice vote which Cheney fa… https://t.co/5evOyCKTPK— Nathaniel Reed (@Nathaniel Reed) 1620825674.0
It comes down to this. The Republican Party only cares about power and will only support democracy as long as it re… https://t.co/jr90sWp3Pb— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton) 1620826522.0
Thanks for trying, Liz. Unfortunately, the Trump Republicans left the room before you spoke. #Trumpublicans https://t.co/ifMk81V41t— Space Force Cadet (@Space Force Cadet) 1620826416.0
On Wednesday, writing for The Bulwark, former U.S. attorney and law professor Kimberly Wehle outlined the new dangers posed to democracy by the GOP's manipulation of structural imbalances — and how it could be used to enshrine former President Donald Trump's "big lie" about the 2020 election being stolen into law to undermine elections going forward.
"Washington, D.C. is currently under single-party control, to be sure: Both houses of Congress and the White House are unified under the Democratic party," wrote Wehle. "Single-party control of the legislative and executive branches is not uncommon — it was the case at the start of 16 of 21 first-term presidencies dating back to Theodore Roosevelt. But we might soon see a very different kind of single-party control, one that, as a result of GOP machinations, is not bound by voters' will and other democratic constraints."
Among the threats, noted Wehle, are the GOP purges of officials like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for denouncing GOP conspiracy theories; the new flood of state laws restricting the right to vote; and the vagueness of the Electoral Count Act potentially allowing Republicans to block certification of a close race against them. And big obstacles to preventing any of this, she wrote, are the disproportionate structure of the Senate and the filibuster rule, which prevents people from being equally represented or, in the case of D.C. and Puerto Rico, being represented at all.
"Our Constitution is not a simplistically democratic charter," wrote Wehle. "But its small-r republican features depend for their legitimacy on its small-d democratic features. When the democratic imbalance in our Senate is as bad as it has become, and when one powerful party is hellbent on subverting the electoral process to snatch future elections from actual voters based on lies about a past election and through laws that discourage voting, our political order is nearing its breaking point. If reforms are not enacted, and quickly, we face the loss of our constitutional system's legitimacy and our democracy itself."
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