(PatriotWise.com)- Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney recently received support from one Republican congressman. But, that person doesn’t have a lot of support from many others in the GOP.
On Tuesday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney defended Cheney, as the feud between the number three Republican in the House GOP and other members of the party rages on. This week, reports came out that it’s possible Cheney may be removed from her leadership position in the House GOP.
Her actions, and continued criticisms of the party, have drawn the ire of everyone from former President Donald Trump to current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Romney hasn’t engendered himself to the Trump wing of the Republican Party in recent years, voting twice to convict Trump during his impeachment trials. That makes his comments on Tuesday less surprising than if another member of the GOP had defended Cheney.
“Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie. As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: ‘I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.'”
Cheney has been under fire since she was the highest-ranking Republican to vote for Trump’s impeachment earlier this year. But now, she faces new scrutiny after she heavily criticized the other members of her party.
Just this week, in fact, she said a claim from Trump that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is the “big lie.”
While Cheney was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Trump’s impeachment, she was the highest-ranking and most influential member. She stuck by her guns to vote for impeachment, and has continued to lash out at the former president and his supporters.
That has put her in the cross-hairs of McCarthy and other GOP leadership in the House. Cheney has taken on Trump directly, while McCarthy is continuing to support the former president and his policies.
McCarthy is hoping that Republicans will retake the House majority following the 2022 midterm elections, which could lead to him becoming Speaker of the House.
Some Republicans have been calling for Cheney to be removed from her leadership position as conference chair. And in recent days, McCarthy hasn’t come to her support.
In fact, he told Fox & Friends this week that he “heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair.” McCarthy was also caught on a “hot mic” saying he “had it” with the Wyoming representative. He also said he “lost confidence” in Cheney, even though she is a well-known politician being the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Romney isn’t the only Republican to come to the support of Cheney, but he is one of a group who are on the outskirts of the party. Another Cheney supporter, Maine Senator Susan Collins, is also considered to be on the periphery of where the GOP seems to be heading.