Rep. Liz Cheney said in an interview Thursday morning that she is “not leaving” the Republican Party despite her harsh criticism of former President Donald Trump and House Republicans removing her as the conference chair via voice vote on Wednesday.
Cheney, R-Wyo., also told NBC’s “Today” that she “absolutely” will run for reelection in 2022 and “absolutely” can win despite Trump allies who are aiming to come together behind one of Cheney’s primary challengers and force her out of Congress.
“I’m not leaving the party,” Cheney said in response to a question from anchor Savannah Guthrie about whether Cheney might become an independent.
“Bring it on,” she also said, regarding a potential Trump-backed primary challenge.
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“As I said, if they think that they’re going to come into Wyoming and make the argument that the people of Wyoming should vote for someone who is loyal to Donald Trump over somebody who is loyal to the Constitution, I welcome that debate,” Cheney added, on “Today.”
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over his alleged role stoking the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. That action triggered an effort earlier this year to remove her as the conference chair, which is the third-ranking post in the House Republican conference.
Cheney easily survived that effort partially thanks to support from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who gave a speech on her behalf ahead of the vote.
But as McCarthy tried to mend fences with Trump in the wake of his impeachment trial – and attitudes in the House GOP ranged from wanting to ignore Trump to wanting him to play a large role in support of Republicans in the midterms – Cheney continued to lambaste the former president.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from
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