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Democrats fundraise off of vote to remove Cheney from GOP leadership

Democrats fundraise off of vote to remove Cheney from GOP leadership
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Democrats sought to fundraise off of Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO Democrat Matt Putorti challenges Stefanik for NY House seat MORE's (R-Wyo.) ouster from her House leadership post on Wednesday, hitting the GOP for bowing to former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesWhite House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure 110 House Democrats endorse boost to staff pay Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (N.Y.) blasted out an email urging supporters to donate in an effort "to stop extremist Republicans from returning to power in 2022," while House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffLawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' MORE (D-Calif.) sent an email to supporters praising Cheney for being one of the few Republicans to push back on Trump's assertion that there was widespread voter fraud in last year's presidential election. 

"The dangerous evolution of the Republican Party into an anti-truth, autocratic cult has never been more clear, or our need to fight it," Schiff, who helped lead Democrats' first impeachment effort against Trump, wrote in his fundraising email. 

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House Republicans voted behind closed doors to remove Cheney from her post as GOP conference chair after she spoke out against Trump on numerous occasions, including blaming him for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

The vote was done by voice, meaning there will be no tally of the lawmakers who voted to oust Cheney or those who wanted to keep her in the leadership post. 

Proponents of the ouster argue that her views do not align with the majority of Republican voters, while others say the vote is a sign of Trump's tightening grip on the GOP. 

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said before a bank of television cameras after the vote.

Democrats and Cheney's Republican allies were quick to hit Trump and his GOP supporters after the vote. 

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“Today, the Republican Party went all in to fully transform itself into the party of Donald Trump. House Republicans are making clear their only priority is to defend Trump and his Big Lie, despite the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, and Trump’s dismal approval ratings that the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] tried to keep quiet," Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Nevada governor signs law making state first presidential primary DNC chair on Manchin and voting rights: 'Do what Americans want' MORE said in a statement.

Harrison added that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse fails to pass bill to promote credit fairness for LGTBQ-owned businesses Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (D-Calif.) "has completely turned over the leadership of his caucus to extremists and conspiracy theorists, and the Republican Party’s dumpster fire has now become a full-blown inferno."

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin Axios CEO says GOP before Trump will not return MORE (Ill.), like Cheney one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6 riot, said in a tweet, "Kevin McCarthy (an employee of Donald Trump) may win ... but history won’t be kind."