In a closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol, Republicans voted to oust Cheney after she repeatedly called out Trump’s false claims he won the election and criticized his role in the January 6 insurrection.
The vote, done by voice vote, took less than 15 minutes.
And the declaration of war was mutual.
After her ouster, Cheney told reporters: ‘I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.
‘We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect, is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution,’ she added.
Trump has not ruled out another presidential bid in 2024. Before the GOP vote, Trump released a statement trashing Cheney, calling her a ‘poor leader’ and ‘a person with absolutely no personality or heart.’
Cheney said her mission now is to return the Republican Party to its conservative credentials.
‘The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that is based on fundamental principles of conservatism. And I’m committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how the party goes forward, and I plan to lead the fight to do that.’
‘We’ve got to get back to a position where we are a party that can fight for conservative principles that can fight for substance, we cannot be dragged backward, by the very dangerous lies of a former President,’ said the Republican congresswoman from Wyoming.