A longtime aide to Donald Trump has revealed that the 45th president’s top goal going into the 2022 midterm elections is to unseat Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney.
In a piece from the Washington Post, Trump spokesperson, Jason Miller, said getting rid of Cheney is “one of the highest priorities as far as primary endorsements go.”
The piece in question, “Liz Cheney’s months-long effort to turn Republicans from Trump threatens her reelection and ambitions. She says it’s only beginning,” references Miller with regards to a calculated approach to finding a challenger:
The backlash to Liz Cheney’s focus on Trump has been fierce. As recently as Monday, Trump met with his advisers in Florida to discuss 2022 endorsements, according to people familiar with the meeting.
One of Trump’s major priorities was to pick a single candidate from the ever-expanding ranks of Republican rivals in Wyoming who are seeking to run against her, so the anti-Cheney vote is not divided. Trump political advisers have already begun making calls to officials in Wyoming, circulating polling memos, and meeting with potential candidates.
Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman, said knocking off Cheney was “one of the highest priorities as far as primary endorsements go.”
Trump has endorsed New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is quickly becoming the favorite to replace Cheney on her House Committee seats.
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership,” Trump said. “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!”
Stefanik responded on Twitter with her acceptance of the endorsement.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 5, 2021
Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs defended his colleagues for wanting Cheney removed as the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.
Biggs insisted the approach would signal pushback against Cheney for her disparaging remarks about Donald Trump, his policies, and his agenda.
“By ousting her, what we’re saying is, we are repudiating your repudiation of the Trump policies and the Trump agenda and her attacks on the president,” he said.
He concluded: “All the polling indicates that President Trump is still the titleholder. She can tell what her vision of the truth is, but she can’t do it as the leader of the Republican Party in Congress. And that’s what she was trying to do. And if she wants to say what she wants to say once she leaves, that’s great. If she has those opinions, that’s her business. That’s up to her — between her and her constituency. But when you take it out, and you’re acting as the person over all the Republicans in Congress, guess what? You have got to eat some of what your own personal feelings are for what 90% of our conference believes, and actually higher than 90%.”
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan doomed Cheney last week by revealing Republicans have the votes to remove her.
“You can’t have a Republican conference chair reciting Democrat talking points,” Jordan said.
“You can’t have a Republican conference chair taking a position that 90 percent of the party disagrees with, and you can’t have a Republican party chair consistently speaking out against the individual who 74 million Americans voted for,” Jordan added.
Jordan added that he was in favor of ousting Cheney “three months ago,” claiming that “you can’t be the conference chair when you consistently speak out against the leader of our party and you consistently speak out against the positions that the vast, vast, vast majority of our party and our country, I think, holds.”
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Author: Martin Walsh