But after Cheney publicly offered a contrasting response on whether Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Roy believes the Wyoming Congresswoman no longer belongs in the party’s leadership.
“I consider Liz a friend, and I stood on the floor with the conference, defending her right to defend herself in taking what she described was a vote of conscience,” Roy told reporters on Thursday.
However, he said, “Yesterday, Liz forfeited her right to be chair of the Republican conference. You cannot stand up and make a statement that is so out of step with the Republican conference and where the American people, who support President Trump, are.”
“I think it is unfortunate that she made those remarks. I think it was shorted sight. But I also think it was purposeful, and I think that’s the problem. And I think that it is time for us to have another conversation about the leadership of the Republican conference,” he added.
“She shouldn’t have said that. She did so purposefully. And she did so in a way that directly undermines the conference that she leads.”
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Disgruntlement over Liz Cheney’s leadership position renewed after her comment yesterday that Trump shouldn’t be part of GOP future. Chip Roy during House Freedom Caucus presser: “Yesterday, Liz forfeited her right to be chair of the Republican conference” pic.twitter.com/V5d57cLnXh— Emily (Larsen) Brooks (@emilyelarsen) February 25, 2021
On Wednesday, Republican leaders were asked if they believed Trump should speak at CPAC.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) responded, “Yes, he should.”
But Cheney offered a different response, “That’s up to CPAC.”
“I’ve been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following Jan. 6, I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country,” she added.
Roy argued that the second part of Cheney’s answer was a “diatribe” that was “completely” unnecessary.
Cheney is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
After her vote, she faced a push by Trump’s allies to oust her from her leadership post, which failed.