NEWS & ANALYSIS

LATER HATER! Rep. Jordan Says 'Votes Are There' to Yank Cheney From GOP Leadership


House republicans are on a mission to bid Liz Cheney adieu – from her leadership position, that is – and Rep. Jim Jordan said Wednesday that they have enough votes to do just that. 

In a Fox News appearance, Jordan said that Cheney “definitely needs to go,” citing her hatred for President Trump. 

“You can’t have a republican conference chair reciting democrat talking points,” Jordan said. “You can’t have a republican conference chair taking a position that 90 percent of the party disagrees with, and you can’t have a republican party chair consistently speaking out against the individual who 74 million Americans voted for.” 

He said that he came to his conclusion of wanting her out “three months ago,” adding: “you can’t be conference chair when you consistently speak out against the leader of our party and you consistently speak out against the positions that the vast, vast, vast majority of our party and our country, I think, holds.” 

The goal to get rid of Cheney has been endorsed by top republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who say she can’t remain in her role if she won’t embrace Trump’s message, The Hill reports. 

Jordan said he believes “for sure the votes are there,” predicting it will happen next week. 

Cheney, who was one of 10 republican representatives who voted to impeach Trump earlier this year, urged republicans to run away from a “Trump cult of personality.” 

“History is watching. Our children are watching,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.”