Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado said the Republican Party “canceled” former House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney Wednesday.
Buck, a member of the Freedom Caucus, criticized the Republican Party for their decision to remove Cheney from her position in the House Republican Conference for standing against former President Donald Trump. He told reporters on Capitol Hill that the GOP cancelled Cheney for disagreeing with Trump’s election fraud claims, according to The Hill.
“Liz Cheney was canceled today for speaking her mind and disagreeing with the narrative that President Trump has put forth,” Buck said.
Buck said ousting Cheney will lead to consequences in the 2022 midterm elections due to the GOP’s unwillingness to stand up to the election fraud claims. (RELATED: ‘Need To Make A Change’: GOP Leader McCarthy Sends Letter To Republicans Saying There Will Be A Vote To Replace Cheney)
“We have to deal with this narrative at some point. There are major issues — the border, spending — there are major issues. But to suggest that the American people in 2022 won’t consider the fact that we were unwilling to stand up to a narrative that the election was stolen, I think will be taken into consideration with their vote,” he said.
“Liz Cheney was canceled for speaking her mind,” Rep. Ken Buck says. pic.twitter.com/mNzZrM6SKo
— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@CHueyBurns) May 12, 2021
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy scheduled a vote Monday to remove Cheney from her seat after telling Fox News host Steve Doocy that she has “real problems” before an interview, the Daily Caller reported. Buck told reporters that McCarthy had no choice in the matter.
“I think that Kevin was boxed, frankly, and I think he did this reluctantly,” he said, according to The Hill.
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik received endorsements for Cheney’s position from several Republicans including Trump, the Daily Caller reported. Buck told reporters that no one is willing to compete against her, according to The Hill.
“I don’t think there would be anybody that wants to risk a future chairmanship or a future role in the party to take on Elise Stefanik,” he said, according to The Hill. “Which I think is terribly unfortunate.”
While serving as a Wyoming congressman, Buck worked as an aide for Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney, The Hill reported.
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