The Republican party has made the fight against so-called "cancel culture" a central tenet of its party platform, but House Republicans' ongoing rebuke of Conference chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) is further putting them at odds with that position.
Cheney is one of only a few House Republicans who continue to correct former President Donald Trump's lies that the 2020 election was "stolen" by Democrats. Notably, Cheney also blames the former President for the failed insurrection of the United States Capitol carried out by a mob of pro-Trump extremists earlier this year, prompted by the erroneous belief that now-President Joe Biden's victory was illegitimate.
Cheney's removal from her position as the third-ranking House Republican seems more and more imminent, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announcing a vote on the measure this week.
In a statement released Monday, McCarthy expressed support for Cheney's removal.
🚨🚨 BREAKING: @GOPLeader has sent a letter about recalling @Liz_Cheney. "Having heard from so many of you in recent… https://t.co/L4EHZcX8ea— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman)1620672950.0
"We are a big tent party. We represent Americans of all backgrounds and continue to grow our movement by the day. And unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate. All members are elected to represent their constituents as they see fit, but our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted from the important work we were elected to do and the shared goals we hope to achieve."
The Congressman's claim that Republicans "embrace free thought and debate" was widely criticized, given the reason for the letter.
"Unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate," McCarthy says in a letter explaining why the party has to pu… https://t.co/EQFSUxeKRZ— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1620674221.0
“Unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate*” *unless you admit the election was legit, call Biden ‘Mr. P… https://t.co/PmOsvNENrE— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer)1620677025.0
embracing the "Big Tent" party of “free thought and debate” frame while purging your leadership of one of its membe… https://t.co/m8byDcSBcm— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1620674550.0
McCarthy cancels Cheney in the name of big tentism and free thought and debate. https://t.co/KYrM3Yf3XC— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1620674743.0
"We are a big tent party." Even though, apparently, the party is ousting from leadership someone who points out the… https://t.co/iqPOUbOPzd— Grace Segers (@Grace Segers)1620674175.0
Those weren't the only qualms with the letter.
Just a reminder what Kevin McCarthy's "small business" was...one year making sandwiches in the corner of his uncle'… https://t.co/RiM1vTvIyE— Glenn Kessler (@Glenn Kessler)1620676735.0
“Each day spent relitigating the past is one day less we have to seize the future.” https://t.co/K82KV92YwK https://t.co/oLIn7ooxV8— southpaw (@southpaw)1620673303.0
Pro-Trump Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York is expected to replace Cheney as Conference chair.