(USA Features) Rep. Jim Jordan added his voice to a growing chorus of House Republicans who say the ouster of Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. 3 leadership role in the chamber is looking more likely.
“For sure, the votes are there, and I think it will happen most likely next Wednesday,” Jordan, an Ohio Republican, told Fox News on Thursday.
Cheney, the lone Republican from the western state, has alienated herself from the bulk of the GOP caucus over her long-running feud with former President Donald Trump, which was made worse by her vote to impeach him in January after blaming him for the Capitol riot.
She is also at odds with Trump over his claims of voter fraud in 2020 as well as voter irregularities, which she says has become a distraction as the party gears up to try and retake the House during the 2022 midterms.
But a growing faction of Republicans has instead gravitated toward Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, saying it appealed to a wider base of working-class voters last year.
And the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, has already publicly backed New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik as Cheney’s replacement.
The No. 1 Republican, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, was overheard on a hot mic ahead of a Fox News interview this week voicing his frustrations with Cheney.
“I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her,” McCarthy was heard saying. “You know, I’ve lost confidence. Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.”
For his part, Jordan says that the party has moved on from Cheney’s more establishmentarian views.
“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 added.