Former President Donald Trump celebrated the removal of Liz Cheney as the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, May 12, 2021, mocking her as a ‘bitter, horrible human being.’
The message was posted on his website minutes after Republicans held a secret ballot removing her as chair of the House Republican Conference.
Her opponents say her vociferous criticism of the 45th president is distracting from party attacks on Democrats and President Joe Biden’s agenda.
‘Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being,” said Trump.
‘She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy.’
He accused her family of being a warmonger and made a prediction that she would continue sniping from the sidelines.
‘I look forward to soon watching her as a Paid Contributor on CNN or MSNBC,” he added.
Minutes earlier she was removed from her leadership position, as widely anticipated.
However, she promised to continue her campaign against Trump.
“I will do everything I can to make sure the former president never gets anywhere near the Oval office,” she said.
It sets the scene for a protracted war.
As well as removing her from House leadership, Trump aides are believed to be considering who to back as a Republican primary challenge in Wyoming ahead of next year’s mid-terms.
Minutes before the vote, Trump also released a statement setting the scene for her removal.
‘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,’ said Trump.
‘As a representative of the Great State of Wyoming, Liz Cheney is bad for our country and bad for herself.
‘Almost everyone in the Republican Party, including 90% of Wyoming, looks forward to her ouster—and that includes me.’
In a fiery speech on the House floor on Tuesday night, Cheney again condemned Trump for falsely claiming that November’s election was stolen from him.
‘Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,’ she said.
‘I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.’
As Trump cements his hold on Republicans, polls show the GOP is with him. The latest Morning Consult/Politico poll found 50% of Republican voters think Cheney should be removed from her leadership role, while only 18% think she should keep it.
There are few Republicans who vocally oppose Trump. One is GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has spoken out against the former president and supported Cheney.
‘Liz may lose, and MAGA-lago may celebrate,” he wrote on Twitter ahead of the vote.
‘But I predict that the history books of the future will not celebrate. They will say this was the low point of the Republican Party.’