GOP lawmakers urge Rep. Liz Cheney to resign from leadership role
UPDATED 1:44 PM PT – Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is reportedly circulating a petition among conservative lawmakers, which is calling for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) to resign from her position as conference chair of the Republican Party.
On Tuesday, Biggs said Cheney was not representing Republican ideals when she announced her support for impeachment efforts against President Trump and that she should resign from the role.
Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-Md.) also came out against Cheney in a statement posted on Twitter. He claimed Cheney “ignored the preferences of Republican voters” when she came out in support of the impeachment.
Please see my statement on Republican Conference leadership pic.twitter.com/0jZn6l5NcX
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) January 13, 2021
Rosendale also accused Cheney’s actions of weakening the conference at a key moment for “personal political gain” and stated she is unfit to lead.
Additionally, Republican House member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called on Cheney to resign as well. He said the Republican conference ought to vote on issue.
This comes as Cheney announced her support for the impeachment on Tuesday, while accusing President Trump of inciting the violence that occurred on Capitol Hill last week.
Democrat representative and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) praised and even quoted Cheney’s remarks on the floor of the lower chamber as Democrats lead the impeachment effort. He said the conservative Republican from Wyoming stated, “the President of the United States summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
Meanwhile, Cheney said she has no plans to step down.