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House Republican Leader Blasted for Calling GOP the Party of 'Free Thought and Debate' as He Plans to Oust Cheney

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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.

McCarthy wrote:

"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.

Those weren't the only qualms with the letter.

Pro-Trump Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York is expected to replace Cheney as Conference chair.