Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Thursday, taking a shot at Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy’s candidacy to replace former Republican conference chair Liz Cheney, and offering support to Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.
“Can’t imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy—he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district,” Trump said. “I support Elise, by far, over Chip!”
Cheney was ousted from her position as Republican conference chair on Wednesday when sources told the Daily Caller that Roy was considering a run to replace her. Roy officially announced Thursday that he would be running.
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A letter to my colleagues on my vision to unify our GOP Conference, win the Majority, and fight on behalf of the American people to save our country???????????? pic.twitter.com/JGE5IqhNJo
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 12, 2021
Some Republicans have criticized Stefanik’s candidacy, as she voted with Trump less often than Cheney, Fox News reported. Despite these concerns, Stefanik has garnered public support from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and Donald Trump Jr., among others.