While making a panel appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) shared his theory about Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was removed from her position as the House Republican Conference chair last May. According to Christie, she “wanted to be kicked out.”
POLITICO’S Laura Barron-Lopez, who was also on the panel, had asked Christie “why are Republicans like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger being kicked out of the House Republican Conference,” pointing out “they seem to have no place in the party.”
Christie, who frequently makes such panel appearances, provided a lesson about Republican voters. “Look, inside Washington, D.C. politics is not something that the Republican Party en masse is all that concerned with. It’s what the primary voters decide to do,” he offered.
“And just because you have a group of folks inside the House GOP caucus kicking folks out, look, my view is always Liz Cheney wanted to be kicked out, because remember, the first time that she made the statements she made she was re-elected to her leadership position. It’s only when she continued after that, that looked like somebody who wanted to make a point and wanted to be kicked out,” Christie continued.
Host Jonathan Karl offered that Cheney “says the point she’s making is to defend the Constitution of the United States,” prompting Christie to respond “look, whatever it is, it wasn’t like she was looking to protect her position and the first time that Republicans inside that caucus had a chance to vote on Liz Cheney, they voted to keep her, overwhelmingly.”
In February of last year, House Republicans voted to keep her in the role.
Issues for Cheney really started to heat up though, especially in early May of last year. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who chairs the Republican Study Committee (RSC), was quoted in Axios as saying “I don’t know” if Cheney would retain her position in a month from when asked. “That’s up to her. I think a lot of us would like to see her join the team, be on the same team, same mission, the same focus. And at this point, that’s what many of us are questioning.”
Cheney did not last a month. She was ousted on May 12, 2021 in a voice vote and was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who still holds the position today.
This is an excerpt from Townhall.
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