Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) on Monday defended Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is anticipated to lose her management publish this week for recognizing the 2020 presidential election as reputable and denouncing the “big lie” that it was stolen.
Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has irked GOP members for her willingness to name out former President Donald Trump’s continued lies about his loss. The social gathering is scheduled to vote later this week to find out whether or not Cheney stays in her position as House Republican Conference chair.
But Ernst, the one different girl in elected GOP management and a Trump supporter, maintains that the social gathering shouldn’t stifle dissenting voices as a result of it’s the very factor they’ve criticized Democrats for.
“It’s OK to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express,” Ernst advised reporters on Monday. “And you know, cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it, and unfortunately I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party.”
Ernst added: “I support President Trump and his policies, so I have a slightly different view on that. But I still think we shouldn’t be trying to cancel voices, but what we can do is come together and try and win seats, and [in] 2022, I think that’s what all of us should be focused on.”
Cheney’s time in Republican management is nearly definitely at an finish. Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and his No. 2, Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), have already voiced assist for Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) to switch Cheney as convention chair.
In a letter to GOP members on Monday, McCarthy insisted that ousting Cheney from management for sharing a unique opinion was really consistent with the social gathering’s values.
“We are a big tent party,” McCarthy wrote within the letter. “We represent Americans of all backgrounds. … And unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who has complained about being canceled himself following his failed effort to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory in Congress after the violent Jan. 6 rebellion on the U.S. Capitol, additionally challenged the notion that Republicans have been canceling one in all their very own.
“She’s still going to be a member … it’ll give her, certainly, a media platform,” Hawley stated of Cheney. “I don’t think it’s being canceled in terms of she’s being silenced. It’s a decision for the House caucus [to determine] who represents them.”
Most Senate Republicans ― even these representing Cheney’s state of Wyoming ― declined to weigh in on the controversy Monday. But Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the social gathering’s 2012 presidential standard-bearer and a frequent Trump critic, argued that ostracizing Cheney would solely damage the GOP sooner or later.
“I think we’re better trying to expand the number of people who want to vote for Republicans as opposed to shrink that number,” Romney advised HuffPost. “I think it will do nothing but drive some people away from our party. It certainly doesn’t add more people because the people who are supporters of [Trump] certainly aren’t going anywhere also.”
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