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Bret Baier grills Liz Cheney and she goes after Fox News in her first live interview since being ousted from leadership

Bret Baier grilled Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on whether her crusade against former President Donald Trump was in the interest of her constituents and she responded by criticizing Fox News.

Cheney’s appearance Thursday on Fox News was her first live interview since the Republican Party voted her out of her leadership position Wednesday.

“You, and your colleagues, at least in part, were elected to block the Biden agenda, which Republicans believe is too far left, and could lead to other things. Aren’t they correct to claim that your focus on the election and President Trump was somehow not going to get them to that goal?” Baier asked.

“No, I think that’s actually wrong, Bret,” Cheney responded.

“I think if you look at where we’ve been since the election since Jan.6, we’ve had a real focus on, making sure people understand that the Biden policies are dangerous,” she explained.

“If you look at the impact for the people of Wyoming, banning oil and gas leases on public lands is really dangerous, is really heartless. We’ve been very clear about that. What’s happening at the border is very dangerous,” Cheney added.

She went on to say that there were too many people in the Republican Party who were willing to enable Trump’s claims that the election was fraudulent.

“The people of Wyoming believe deeply in the Constitution. The people of Wyoming know that we must use the Constitution as our shield, that we must defend the Constitution,” explained Cheney.

“And so when you look at the challenge that the former president is presenting, right now still today, claiming that the election was stolen, claiming that our electoral process does not accurately reflect the will of the people. No remorse or regret for Jan. 6, continuing to use the language that we know inspired value in the past,” she said.

Baier interrupted her and pushed her on why her crusade was representing voters in Wyoming when Cheney zeroed in on Fox News.

“We all have an obligation and I would say Fox News especially, especially Fox News, has a particular obligation to make sure people know the election wasn’t stolen,” Cheney said.

“And we’ve said that numerous times,” Baier said.

Cheney and Baier interrupted each other as Baier attempted to respond to her demand.

“Brett, you’re doing the interview, I’m answering the questions,” Cheney said testily.

“We need to make sure that the American people recognize and understand that the election wasn’t stolen, that we shouldn’t perpetuate the big lie, and there’s real danger,” she continued.

She went on to say that she did not vote for Joe Biden and that she would not vote for a Democrat “ever.” She also said that Trump’s policies were better for the country than those of Biden.

“The issue is whether or not we are going to stand up for the rule of law and stand up for the Constitution. That is above partisanship, that is above politics,” Cheney concluded.

Here’s the full interview with Cheney on Fox News:

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Meghan McCain defends Liz Cheney in fiery tirade, warns GOP of dire consequences if she’s ousted

Meghan McCain offered a fiery tirade in defense of Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and warned of dire consequences if the party ousted her from leadership.

McCain made the comments during Wednesday’s episode of The View when asked to comment about the loss of support for Cheney from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other Republicans.

“What’s going on is Liz Cheney, who was already, by the way, voted in January to stay in her position and overwhelmingly had support to stay when they tried to oust her before, and what’s happening it’s very clear, and I’m gonna be a little crass, they’re shivving her for her going on television multiple times and saying that the election wasn’t stolen, and for refusing to debase herself to Cheeto Jesus,” McCain said, referring to a common insulting nickname for former President Donald Trump.

“I don’t understand what’s going on, I have spent the past five years of my life trying to accept, understand, and include the MAGA base of this party,” she continued. “I think it is Kafkaesque to try and spin this in a way that this is about anything else but her not supporting President Trump.”

McCain pointed to the four Senate seats losses for the GOP in the 2020 election as proof that betting on Trump was the wrong course of action for the future of the party.

“We are going to bloodlet the party from women like me, college-educated women that lost you the election in the first place. I don’t understand it, it’s the most asinine politics I’ve seen in a really, really long time, in a cacophony of asinine politics,” she added.

“I feel very defensive of Liz Cheney, and if you do this, which it looks like they’re gonna do, I promise you there will be consequences, one way or another, there’s gonna be consequences,” McCain said.

“So go ahead, go ahead in this sausage fest of MAGA up on Capitol Hill, pull her out and put another woman in who will do and say anything you want for President Trump: ‘The election wasn’t stolen, he is Jesus, it’s only Trumpism going forward’ — see where this lands us in midterms,” McCain concluded.

“I’m absolutely furious,” she said.

Cheney defended herself on Tuesday in an op-ed in the Washington Post where she warned Republicans against supporting the “cult of personality” around Trump. Allies of McCarthy have said that they’re ready to vote against Cheney and remove her from the leadership of the party by the end of May.

Here’s the video of her comments:

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Reports: House Republicans confident Liz Cheney will be ousted from leadership, discussing her replacement

House Republicans are inching closer to forcing House GOP Conference Chairman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from her leadership position, with some so confident she will be removed that several congresswomen are being discussed to replace her, according to multiple reports.

“Liz is gone. Just a question of how and when,” one Republican lawmaker told CNN on condition of anonymity.

Among those being discussed to succeed Cheney as the No. 3 Republican in the House are Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Axios reported Tuesday.

Tensions are running high in the GOP conference as several lawmakers are fed up with Cheney’s vocal criticism of former President Donald Trump, believing her to be a “liability” who is taking Republicans off-message ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Recently, Cheney told the New York Post that “the senators who led the unconstitutional charge” to challenge the Electoral College results on Jan. 6 had committed a “disqualifying” offense and should be left out of consideration for the 2024 presidential nomination. She made those remarks at a policy retreat in Florida, where House Republicans had intended to gather to discuss strategy and develop a cohesive and unified message to bring to the American people.

This week, she accused the former president of “poisoning our democratic system” by continuing to insist the results of the 2020 presidential election were illegitimate, calling Trump’s claims that the election was stolen “THE BIG LIE.”

Cheney’s repeated insistence that the party must move on from Trump has put her in conflict with other lawmakers who recognize the party base is still firmly in Trump’s corner and fear alienating Trump’s supporters could keep them from winning congressional majorities in 2022.

In the strongest sign yet that Cheney’s future in leadership is in doubt, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) acknowledged Tuesday that her “ability to carry out the job as conference chair” has become a concern among several members of the GOP caucus.

“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message,” McCarthy said on “Fox & Friends.” “We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward.”

In response, a spokesman for Cheney released a statement, saying: “This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”

Previously, McCarthy had defended Cheney from an attempt by some conservative lawmakers to force her out of leadership in retribution for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. But as Cheney has continued to attack the former president and her relationship with McCarthy has frayed, the GOP leader’s allies have begun hinting to the media that her time in leadership will be over before the month’s end.

As for who could replace Cheney in leadership, both Axios and Punchbowl News have reported there is a “consensus” opinion that a woman must succeed Cheney if she is tossed out.

In response to those reports, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement mocking Republicans for seeking a “non-threatening female” to serve under McCarthy and Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

“Word is out that House GOP Leaders are looking to push Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as House Republican Conference Chair – their most senior woman in GOP leadership – for a litany of very Republican reasons: she won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more,” Pelosi’s office said.

The House Republican conference will meet Wednesday, May 12. It would take a two-thirds vote by secret ballot to remove Cheney from leadership.

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Kevin McCarthy allies say Republicans are fed up with Liz Cheney and will oust her from leadership by end of the month

Allies of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that enough Republicans are fed up with Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and she will likely lose her leadership position by the end of the month.

“There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month’s end,” a McCarthy ally told The Hill on Monday.

“When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference,” they added, “it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.”

Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has been at odds with the wing of the Republican Party that enthusiastically supports former President Donald Trump. She is one of the most vocal critics of the former president and his claims of a fraudulent election. She also was one of only 10 Republicans to vote for the second impeachment of Trump over the charge of incitement of insurrection in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

More recently, she issued a strong stand against Trump’s continued voter fraud claims.

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” tweeted Cheney on Monday.

Another McCarthy ally told The Hill that Cheney is upsetting many members of the party.

“This is a broad range of lawmakers who have had it with her,” the other source said to The Hill. “She’s a liability, and McCarthy’s as fed up as the rest of us that she is focused on the past rather than winning back the House.”

The Hill reported that those frustrated with Cheney are upset that she keeps challenging McCarthy as well.

The sentiment that Cheney was on her way out of leadership was echoed by Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas on Saturday.

“PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!” tweeted Gooden.

Trump responded Monday to Cheney’s tweet with a statement mocking her chances of re-election.

“Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming,” Trump said. “She is so low that her only chance would be if vast numbers of people run against her which, hopefully, won’t happen. They never liked her much, but I say she’ll never run in a Wyoming election again!”

Cheney has already survived one campaign by pro-Trump Republican lawmakers to oust her from leadership in February.

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Liz Cheney says she will not vote for Trump if he runs again in 2024, and he responds immediately

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the third-highest ranking Republican in the House, said that if former President Donald Trump ran again for president in 2024 that she would not vote for him, and Trump responded immediately.

Cheney made the comments at the end of an interview on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News Wednesday.

Well, look, Neil, I’ve been very clear about my views about what happened on January 6th, about my views of the president’s culpability, I obviously voted to impeach him, I think that it was the gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history,” she explained.

“I think for us as a party, we’ve got to be the party of hope and aspiration, and we cannot embrace insurrection, we can’t minimize what happened on January 6th, and I think that all of us regardless of partisanship, have an obligation and a duty to the Constitution.”

“If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him?” asked Cavuto.

“I would not,” said Cheney without pause.

News of the admission from Cheney, who was one of the few Republican members of Congress to vote to impeach Trump after the U.S. Capitol rioting, apparently reached the former president, who released a statement against her about an hour later.

“[S]o many people many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one,” read the statement from Trump.

“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen,” he added. “I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”

Other vocal critics of Trump have offered differing opinions on a possible 2024 presidential run, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) who said that the former president would likely win if he ran again.

John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the House, said that he voted for Trump in 2020 over his “good friend” Joe Biden, but that he would hope to have other alternatives to vote for if Trump ran in 2024.

Soon after Cheney voted to impeach Trump, the Wyoming GOP party answered by censuring her and demanding her resignation. She also successfully fended off a campaign led by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida to have her removed from GOP leadership in February.

Cheney’s office said that her re-election campaign raised $1.5 million in the first three months of 2021, a record for her fundraising efforts.

Here’s the video of Cheney’s comments: