In a closed-door vote by Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her GOP caucus leadership post following her criticism of former President Donald Trump, and one Colorado Republican publicly cheered the move.
“Liz Cheney is the GOP of the past,” Rep. Lauren Boebert, who represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, wrote on Twitter following the vote. “We are not going back.”
Cheney’s removal comes after a previous attempt to oust her as Republican conference chair, the No. 3 post in House GOP leadership, failed in February. The Wyoming congresswoman has faced a growing backlash from Trump loyalists since voting to impeach him for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and has continued to denounce what she called in a speech on the House floor on Tuesday “the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”
Rep. Ken Buck, a Windsor Republican who represents Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, said he had opposed Cheney’s ouster.
“Liz Cheney was canceled today for speaking her mind and disagreeing with the narrative the former president has put forth,” Buck told reporters.
In a statement issued through a spokesperson, Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs, did not directly state whether or not he had voted to remove Cheney, whom he called a “strong conservative” and a “crucial voice for national security.” His office did not immediately respond to follow-up questions. Lamborn, Buck and Boebert are the three Republican members of the U.S. House from Colorado.
“Today’s vote was not about (Cheney’s) impeachment vote, it was about the direction and future of the Republican conference and supporting the will of our voters,” Lamborn said. “The outcry of the left-wing media is only a blatant attempt to drive a wedge in the Republican party.”
Boebert, who faced criticism for her own role in contesting the results of the election on Jan. 6 — including a tweet in which she declared, “Today is 1776” — said in an interview Wednesday that Cheney deserved to be removed from leadership for “sliding in her own opinions when it comes to President Trump.”
“Her vote was her vote, but when she used her office as conference chair to promote her vote, that’s when it really became an issue for the Republican Party,” Boebert told Breitbart News Daily.
“Liz Cheney’s taken her eyes off the prize,” Boebert continued. “Instead of focusing on passing conservative policies, she focused on media hits.”