House Republicans Boot Liz Cheney from Leadership, Then Give Her a Standing Ovation

Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wy.) arrives to speak to reporters after her removal as chair of the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the end, they didn’t even record the vote: House Republicans ousted Liz Cheney from her post as the conference’s third-ranking member on a voice vote.

Then they cheered.

“She got a standing ovation when she walked off the stage,” Colorado GOP congressman Ken Buck told reporters after the vote. According to Buck, “more than half” of the caucus stood to cheer Cheney. “People wanted to show respect for her service, not necessarily for her position,” he said. “It wasn’t a standing ovation for disagreeing with the Trump narrative, it wasn’t a standing ovation for disagreeing with members of the conference. It


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