Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism.
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Cancel Anytime
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); } //

Representative Liz Cheney, pictured in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 9, 2021, faces ouster as chair of the 212-member House Republican Conference in a party vote expected on Wednesday.

ERIN SCOTT/Reuters

Top U.S. Republicans on Sunday sought to portray their expected ouster of Representative Liz Cheney as an act of unity, despite warnings that the move could deepen divisions over former president Donald Trump and sink party hopes in the 2022 elections.

In the strongest sign yet that Ms. Cheney faces defeat in a party vote expected on Wednesday, the top Republican in the House of Representatives said he would back Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to replace the Wyoming Republican as chair of the 212-member House Republican Conference.

Republicans hope to reclaim majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives in next year’s congressional elections. Most lawmakers have sought to placate Mr. Trump and the Republican voters who enthusiastically support him, despite the loss of both chambers and the White House during his presidency.

Story continues below advertisement

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and Representative Jim Banks, who heads the Republican Study Committee, a leading conservative caucus, said Ms. Cheney is under fire as a party leader because of her repeated criticism of Mr. Trump’s falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen, which they say has distracted from party messaging against Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda.

“We need to be united and that starts with leadership,” Mr. McCarthy told the Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures. “We want to be united moving forward, and I think that’s what will take place.”

Asked if he supports Ms. Stefanik for Cheney’s position, Mr. McCarthy replied: “Yes, I do.”

Ms. Stefanik, a 36-year-old from New York state whose status in the party rose after she aggressively defended Mr. Trump during congressional hearings ahead of his 2019 impeachment, is also supported by No. 2 House Republican Steve Scalise and by Mr. Trump himself.

Ms. Cheney was among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection after hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a riot that left five people dead, including a police officer.

The daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, Ms. Cheney has continued to criticize Mr. Trump for repeating falsehoods about his election loss to Mr. Biden and has called on Republicans to become the “party of truth” by rejecting his claims.

“Any leader who is not focused on pushing back against the radical and dangerous Biden agenda needs to be replaced,” Mr. Banks, whose caucus represents about 70 per cent of the House Republican conference, told the Fox News Sunday program.

Story continues below advertisement

But while Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Banks cast Ms. Cheney’s likely ejection from the party leadership as a step toward unity, others said Wednesday’s vote would only deepen divisions that could sink the party.

“Right now, it’s basically the Titanic. We’re in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it’s fine,” Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, who also voted to impeach Mr. Trump, told CBS’s Face the Nation program.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who is seen as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, likened the Cheney vote to “a circular firing squad” in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press program.

“We had the worst four years we’ve had – ever – in the Republican Party, losing the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. And successful politics is about addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division,” Mr. Hogan said.

Ms. Cheney held off an initial challenge to her House leadership position earlier this year.

She also faces an uphill 2022 re-election battle in her home state of Wyoming, where Mr. Trump is working to defeat her as the state’s sole House member. She and the former president each received nearly 70 per cent of Wyoming’s vote in November.

Story continues below advertisement

Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Sign up today.

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow topics related to this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies