A growing list of Republican lawmakers is calling for Rep. Liz Cheney to step down as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference after announcing she will vote to impeach President Trump.
“She should resign her position as a conference chair and should not be serving this conference. That’s it,” Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday night.
“The reality is, she’s not representing the conference. She’s not representing the Republican ideals,” he added in a separate interview.
Biggs is not alone in calling on the GOP’s third-ranking member of the House to step down, with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Rosendale, and Jim Jordan also calling on her to leave the post.
“I think she’s totally wrong. I think there should be a conference and have a second vote on [her leadership post],” Jordan said.
“I’m calling for .@RepLizCheney to step down as Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference,” Greene tweeted Wednesday. “She doesn’t represent Republican voters by supporting this political witch-hunt impeachment of President Trump. She is not connected to the base and is voting for a hurtful lie.”
I’m calling for .@RepLizCheney to step down as Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.
She doesn’t represent Republican voters by supporting this political witch-hunt impeachment of President Trump.
She is not connected to the base and is voting for a hurtful lie.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 13, 2021
“When Representative Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters,” Rosendale said in a statement. “She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”
Cheney announced Tuesday she would vote to impeach Trump following the siege of the Capitol last Wednesday.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President,” said Cheney. “The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she added. “I will vote to impeach the President.”
Cheney joins at least four other Republicans who said they will vote for impeachment, including Reps. John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, and Jaime Herrera Beutler.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Cheney said on Wednesday. “This is a vote of conscience. It’s one where there are different views in our conference.”