- Jun 6, 2018
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday doubled down in opposing the direction her party is headed following Donald Trump's election defeat, as other congressional Republicans, including the congresswoman who replaced her in House leadership, said it's time to move on from intraparty politics.
"GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday doubled down in opposing the direction her party is headed following Donald Trump's election defeat, just days after House Republicans voted to remove her as the GOP conference chair -- took aim at both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Elise Stefanik, the New York Republican and Trump loyalist who was chosen to replace Cheney in her No. 3 House leadership post. In a separate interview with the network, Stefanik tore into her predecessor, saying Cheney "is looking backwards, and Republicans are looking forward -- Trump is "an important voice in the Republican Party." "He's critical to the party. He's the leader of the Republican Party," she said.
The split in the party played out in dueling interviews Sunday, with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, defending the caucus' decision to oust Cheney from her post and arguing it's time to move on from the drama surrounding it. But his colleague, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, told the same network in an interview; "You can't say (Trump) is the leader and then say 'we have to move on.' I would love to move on," Kinzinger said, defending Cheney by saying she "simply answered questions that the election wasn't stolen."
This situation with Cheney being booted out of leadership and being replaced by Stefanik pretty much ends all questions on whether or not the GOP is a party that stands on Conservative principles, values and policies or a just party that caters to the whims of one person. The only reason Cheney even made it to being 3rd ranking member was because the GOP catered to the whims of Bush and Cheney; not because of any Conservative policies..
With Stefanik replacing Cheney, the GOP made a statement that it will now put conservative principle over fealty to one man. When it comes to standing up for conservative policies; Stefanik is at the top.....yea Cheney may have voted with Trump 93% of the time; while Stefanik (voting with Trump 70% of the time) was considered the most liberal Republican member in Congress -- but she tells the stories of MAGA folklore with much more gusto than Cheney; and that is what conservative principles and values are all about.