Warren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: The center strikes back Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said the GOP was “eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous” in the wake of House Republicans voting to oust Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (R-Wyo.) from her leadership position.

Warren was asked in an interview with “The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertJon Stewart shows late-night conformity cabal how political comedy is done Rita Moreno defends Lin-Manuel Miranda after 'In the Heights' casting criticism Jon Stewart: Coronavirus 'more than likely caused by science' MORE,” if she thought the Cheney vote was a short-term plan to prevent primary challenges, or if the party thinks it will help them win back the House majority in 2022.

Warren replied that the actions were “all about loyalty to one human being,” referring to former President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE.

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“It's not about democracy, it's not about principle, it's not about anything except everyone has to bend a knee and pledge loyalty to one human being,” Warren told host Stephen Colbert.

“We've never done this in our country. This is not how a democracy functions. You know, we've had so many record-breaking events, a president who just won by more than 7 million votes, that was a new national record. And an opponent that wouldn't concede defeat, which is also a new national record, and he wants nothing but personal loyalty,” she added.

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House Republicans earlier on Wednesday decided, by voice vote, to purge Cheney from her leadership post, punishing the Wyoming Republican for her anti-Trump stance and openly acknowledging his defeat in the presidential election.

Sources inside the closed-door meeting said the vote against Cheney was overwhelming, with some guessing that the split was 3 to 1.

Specifically, GOP lawmakers were frustrated with Cheney’s repeated criticism of Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen.

Cheney emerged from the closed-door meeting minutes after her ouster, telling reporters “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”

New York Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Canadian ambassador calls for close coordination in handling of US border Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision MORE (R) is the likely successor to Cheney as House GOP conference chair. On Sunday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyGOP divided over bills targeting tech giants GOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection House Democrats' campaign arm raises almost million in May MORE (R-Calif.) threw his support behind the four-term congresswoman.

Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE (R-Texas), however, did not rule out running for the leadership position on Wednesday.

"We're here to talk about other topics but I will say this, [Stefanik] should have an opponent,” Roy said.