Roy Gilbert

Liz Cheney, Ousted from Party Leadership, Invokes the ‘Power of Faith’

WASHINGTON (RNS) — On the eve of her removal from the House Republican leadership for failing to back President Donald Trump’s attacks on the 2020 election, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney cited principles she insisted were foundational for many conservatives such as herself: the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law and faith.

In a defiant speech to the empty House chamber Tuesday night (May 11), the Wyoming lawmaker cited Pope John Paul II and appealed to “faith and freedom.”

But come Wednesday morning, Cheney was voted out by her House GOP colleagues, who have bristled over her vote to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and her public rejection of claims that the election was stolen. Before the proceedings began in the Republicans’ meeting room in the Capitol basement, Cheney reportedly championed the importance of being a “party based on truth” and implored her fellow Republicans not to “let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy.”

Before the vote was taken to oust her as House Republican conference chair, Cheney, a United Methodist, led the group in prayer.

“Dear God, Fill us with a love of freedom and a reverence for all your gifts,” she said, according to CNN. “Help us to understand the gravity of this moment. Help us to remember that democratic systems can fray and suddenly unravel. When they do, they are gone forever.”

She added: “Help us to speak the truth and […]

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