Biden on efforts to oust Cheney: “I don’t understand Republicans”
President Biden said Wednesday, “I don’t understand Republicans”, when asked about a GOP move to remove Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wy.) From her role as Chair of the House Republican Conference. Biden’s first comment came while returning to his motorcade from a taqueria in Washington, DC. Later at the White House, Biden added to his comments, saying that he believes the GOP is having an identity crisis. “You are in the middle of a major mini-revolution in the Republican Party,” said Biden. “… I think Republicans are further from figuring out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they’d be at that point.” BIDEN: There is a “mini-revolution” going on in the Republican Party. “I think Republicans are further from figuring out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point.” pic.twitter.com/EhCgO1hjzo – Breaking911 (@ Breaking911) May 5, 2021 The president’s remarks follow reports that GOP leaders are trying to oust Cheney from her No. 3 leadership position after telling the New York Post last week that she believes Republicans could retake the presidency in 2024. She believes lawmakers who back Trump’s efforts to reverse the 2020 election results should be banned from campaigning. Representative Elise Stefanik (R., NY) has received support from former President Trump and the top two Republicans in the House for her offer to replace Cheney. House GOP Whip spokeswoman Steve Scalise (R., La.) Said Wednesday that House No. 2 Republican “has pledged to support [Stefanik] for the conference chair. “The Republicans of the House need to focus solely on retaking the House in 2022 and fighting the radical socialist agenda of Spokesperson Pelosi and President Biden, and Elise Stefanik is determined to do so,” said Lauren Fine, spokeswoman from Scalise, in a statement. According to Punchbowl News, House minority chairman Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) Is working with Scalise to endorse Stefanik for the conference chairmanship after telling Steve Doocy, the Fox and Friends host, in off-air commentary shared that he believes Cheney “got” real problems. “I had it with … I had it with her. You know, I’ve lost my trust. … Well, someone just has to propose, but I assume this is likely to happen,” McCarthy said in a tape of the conversation Axios received Tuesday. Cheney has repeatedly drawn the ire of her Republican counterparts since she voted for Trump’s second impeachment but previously survived a secret ballot held by the House’s GOP conference in February, The conference voted between 145 and 61 to keep Cheney in her leadership role at the time. Recent comments from the party leadership seem to indicate that the House GOP may hold a second vote in the near future to approve Cheney displace.