The majority of Republicans who have heard of Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) removal from her leadership position agree it should have happened.
According to a CBS News poll, 80% of Republicans who knew about the vote to oust Cheney agree with the decision. They feel Cheney was “off-message, unsupportive of Mr. Trump, and that she’s wrong about the 2020 presidential election,” as CBS News reports.
The poll shows 69% do not believe she is “on message with the party,” 57% are convinced Cheney is “wrong about the 2020 election,” 52% claim they agree with the decision because she did not support Trump, and 34% think the decision proves “disloyalty will be punished.”
Sixty-six percent of Republicans surveyed say being loyal to the former president is important. Voters would like to see the Republican Party stick with Trump on issues including the economy, immigration, leadership, and how to treat the media.
Trump responded to the poll in a post on his website, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”
“Breaking News! New polling by CBS News on the state of the Republican Party (which is very strong!). ‘President Trump has a strong hold on the GOP.’ 80% of Republicans agree with the removal of Liz Cheney from GOP Leadership and only 20% disagree,” Trump wrote.
He added, “The poll also showed that 67% of Republicans said that they do not consider Sleepy Joe Biden to be the legitimate winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. I agree with them 100%, just look at the facts and the data—there is no way he won the 2020 Presidential Election!”
Cheney spoke out against Trump’s unsubstantiated voter fraud claims before and following the vote to oust her.
During a House floor speech last week, Cheney accused Trump of resuming “his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.”
She continued, “He risks inciting further violence. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They have heard only his words, but not the truth, as he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.”
After being ousted, Cheney told reporters, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
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