House Republicans Elect Elise Stefanik To GOP Leadership After Ousting Liz Cheney
House Republicans voted to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik (New York) the new GOP Conference Chair, the third-highest position in House Republican leadership, after overwhelmingly voting to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) from the position for backing Democrats in their efforts to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Stefanik defeated Rep. Chip Roy (Texas) in a 134-46 vote after receiving the endorsement of former President Trump.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to earn the support of my colleagues to serve as House Republican Conference Chair,” Stefanik said shortly after she was minted into the new post. “House Republicans are united in our focus to fight on behalf of the American people to save our country from the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and Nancy Pelosi.”
Stefanik blasted the current Democratic administration’s progressive policies which she said has pushed the country to an “economic crisis, a border crisis, an energy crisis, and a national security crisis” — all due to “far-left radical policies.”
“House Republicans will continue to put forth policies focused on growing our economy and getting people back to work, reopening our schools, promoting American energy independence, securing our border, strengthening our national security, and protecting our Constitution,” she added.
House Republicans voted to replace Representative Liz Cheney with Representative Elise Stefanik as the GOP House conference chair. The vote was conducted Friday, and Stefanik was appointed with a 134-46 vote. https://t.co/AmUD8YkyTj
— BNC (@BNCNews) May 14, 2021
Stefanik said after the vote that the GOP wanted to continue working with former President Trump, in contrast to Cheney’s previous statements that Trump should have no involvement in the Republican Party.
The representative of New York’s 21st congressional district also thanked the support she got from the former Republican chief executive — as she maintained that he will continue to play a big role in the GOP’s future.
“I also want to thank President Trump for his support. He is a critical part of our Republican team,” Stefanik said.
Tagged as a Trump loyalist, Stefanik went on to blast the policies of the Joe Biden administration further in her speech.
“The American people are suffering under the far-left radical socialist policies of President Joe Biden and speaker Nancy Pelosi. In just over 100 days, we have an economic crisis, we have a border crisis, and we have a national security crisis. The economic crisis, we see the worst jobs report in over 20 years,” she said.
“Unemployment is up, small businesses are struggling to hire workers and Speaker Pelosi and Joe Biden’s solution to that is to pay people to stay out of work, rather than incentivizing people to get back to work.”
My statement as the newly elected House GOP Conference Chair. pic.twitter.com/emb6lNxPRm
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 14, 2021
“As Republicans, we are fighting to reopen the economy to create jobs. We are fighting against the trillions of dollars of tax increases and the trillions of dollars of reckless spending,” she said, adding that the border crisis is “not only a national security and homeland security crisis” but a “humanitarian crisis” based on the extent of the situation.
“We see historic concerning numbers when it comes to human trafficking on the border. When it comes to drug trafficking on the border. Every single state in this nation is a border state and feels that impact. At home in my district, the northern border is being impacted because border patrol officers are being transferred from the northern border to the southern border,” Stefanik added.
She went on to say that on the contrary, Republicans are all for promoting the country’s security and helping allies like Israel during this time.
“Republicans stand for border security, and of course, the national security crisis. We are seeing our strongest ally Israel under attack. And we have seen Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi not step up to stand by and support Israel and prioritize outreach to adversaries like China and Iran,” Stefanik said.
Cheney was removed from the No. 3 GOP House leadership position on Wednesday morning in a closed-door vote with reports saying she has become “obsessed with Trump” and was not failing to focus on the far-left agenda being pushed by the new Democrat administration.
BREAKING: Liz Cheney has been ousted from her leadership position
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 12, 2021
She has also been adamant in her opposition to former President Trump and what she claims are his “dangerous lies” about the 2020 election being stolen from him, placing her at odds with other House Republicans who have moved on from the January 6 Capitol Hill chaos to unite the party ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Until the end, Cheney vowed to “do everything” to keep the former president out of the White House.
“I will do everything that I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said after being booted out of her top GOP post.
Meanwhile, Cheney was grilled by Fox News anchor Bret Baier during an interview on Thursday, during which she said that those who were questioning her were either “wrong” or “misinformed.”
In response, Baier hammered Cheney and said more people voted for former President Trump in the state she represents.
“So, if you look at the numbers in Wyoming, 70% of Wyoming voted for President Trump, actually more people voted for President Trump than voted for you, a higher percentage voted for President Trump. Now you’re saying you’re dedicating your life to opposing him. So why — we’ll put up those numbers — why should Wyoming voters, say, re-elect you when you’re spending so much energy opposing him? So little opposing Biden?” he said.
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