What You Need To Know:
The Republican Party is in the midst of a major shift as prominent GOP leaders are pushing for the ousting of conference chair Liz Cheney. Cheney, the highest-ranking woman in Republican leadership, has been under fire for the past few months for her repeated criticism of former president Donald Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 election and downplaying of the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
During an interview Tuesday, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that House Republicans were losing confidence in Cheney, adding that her ability to “carry out the message” was a concern among the GOP.
The attacks on Cheney came to a head Wednesday after a spokesperson for Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House, supported replacing her with Elise Stefanik. The 36-year-old representative for New York’s 21st congressional district began her rise within the Republican party with her strong support of Trump and efforts to recruit Republican women to enter the political arena. Stefanik also backed Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen and voted against certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory in several states.
Trump also publicly called for the removal of GOP conference chair Liz Cheney Wednesday, urging GOP leadership to replace her with Stefanik.
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership. We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!” Trump said in a statement.
Why We Need To Know:
Trump has had a busy week so far. Not only did he give his endorsement of Stefanik and launch his new online platform, but he was dealt another blow after Facebook decided to uphold its ban on the former president.
Despite his departure from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump’s grip on the Republican party and beyond remains strong. He has hinted at a second presidential run in 2024 and from the looks of it, the world may need to prepare. Democrats, in particular, need to continue the fight for voting rights so the voice of every eligible American voter is heard.