(FiveNation.com)- More bad news for Representative Liz Cheney — The second-highest-ranking Republican in the House GOP wants her out, too.
On Wednesday, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, the House Republican Whip, told the Epoch Times that Cheney needs to be replaced on the House GOP leadership team since she continued to criticize former President Donald Trump and those who support him.
Through his spokesperson, Lauren Fine, Scalise said via email:
“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and President [Joe} 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.”
While talk has swirled around the Capitol for a few weeks about Republicans in the House wanting Cheney gone from her leadership position, this is the most direct statement anyone in leadership has made public.
In recent days, the talk about replacing Cheney has picked up. Earlier this week, for example, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said some members of the GOP had concerns about Cheney’s ability “to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message.”
Cheney, the representative from Wyoming who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has drawn the ire of Republicans since voting to impeach Trump earlier this year. Since casting that vote, she hasn’t backed down from criticizing Trump, either. She even said he, and anyone who supports him, shouldn’t run for president in 2024.
However, Trump is still wildly popular among Republicans in the nation, and in Washington. That has put Cheney on the outskirts of the party that she is supposed to be helping lead.
Stefanik, a Representative from New York, is currently serving her third term in the House. She is only 36 years old, and would represent a younger voice atop the party as the conference chair. If she were to replace Cheney in the role, she’d also ensure that women would continue to be represented in the leadership of the House GOP.
In February, Republicans in the House already voted against removing Cheney from her leadership position. That vote was held by secret ballot, but Cheney won the day by a large margin, 145-61.
That vote followed an at times contentious meeting of the caucus where everyone aired their grievances and discussed the direction of the party moving forward. Following that meeting and vote, Cheney said:
“We really did have a terrific vote tonight, a terrific time this evening laying out what we’re going to do going forward as well as making clear that we’re not going to be divided and that we’re not going to be in a situation where people can pick off any member of leadership.”
Just two months later, though, it seems that those words from Cheney won’t ring true. Instead, it looks like she and the House GOP is back at square one, trying to see whether they will replace the third highest-ranking member of the caucus for being divisive.