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Pelosi mocks House GOP looking for ‘non-threatening female’ to replace Liz Cheney

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mocked House Republicans for reportedly looking for a “non-threatening female” to replace No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney (Wyo.).

Pelosi’s office released a mock “help wanted” ad as talks of ousting Cheney from leadership increase amid GOP frustrations with her anti-Trump stance. 

“Word is out that House GOP Leaders are looking to push Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as House Republican Conference Chair – their most senior woman in GOP leadership – for a litany of very Republican reasons: she won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more,” the ad reads, referring to previous media reports about male Republican criticism of Cheney.

“So what exactly are House GOP Leaders looking for in a #3? Punchbowl AM got the scoop and, well, it’s not surprising… they want a woman who isn’t a ‘threat’ to them,” the statement continued.

Punchbowl News reported on Tuesday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) want Cheney’s possible replacement to be “not only relentlessly on message, but also someone who does not pose a threat to them and their power.”

There is also consensus among Republican leaders that Cheney’s replacement would have to be a woman, according to Punchbowl.

The Wyoming Republican has been repeatedly critical of Trump, most recently slamming Trump — as well as anyone else parroting him — for repeating his false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

She also reportedly lambasted the former president at a donor retreat for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

McCarthy told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that members of the caucus are “concerned” with Cheney’s ability to carry out her role as conference chairwoman.

“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message,” he said.

Allies of McCarthy have vowed to remove her from her post, and one GOP lawmaker has said the frustrations have reached a “boiling point.”

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