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Omar says Cheney 'as right-wing as they come' but removal 'shameful'

Omar says Cheney 'as right-wing as they come' but removal 'shameful'

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSimmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (D-Minn.) said that Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Cheney compares Trump claims to Chinese Communist Party: 'It's very dangerous' MORE (R-Wyo.) is as “right-wing as they come," but added that the reason House Republicans “are removing her leadership is shameful.” 

During an interview with HuffPost released Wednesday, Omar, who has clashed with the Wyoming lawmaker in the past, criticized Cheney on a host of issues from climate change to Muslims in the United States. 

“She has spent her career agitating for war with Iran, is an open climate denier and has pressured the government to silence climate activism. She has supported giant tax breaks for billionaires, gutting health care in this country, and is one of the most prominent agitators for endless wars and impunity for human rights abusers,” Omar said of Cheney in remarks to HuffPost. “She has repeatedly singled out Muslims for scorn and directly contributed to the rise of anti-Muslim hate in this country. Progressives should not be celebrating anyone with her record."

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However, the Minnesota Democrat added that it is “also true that the reason Republicans are removing her leadership is shameful.”

House Republicans voted behind closed doors Wednesday morning to remove Cheney as House Republican Conference chairwoman. The vote was scheduled after she called out former President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE over election claims that the 2020 presidential race was "stolen" from him. 

She was also one of 10 Republicans in the lower chamber who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol earlier this year.

While it’s unclear how many Republicans voted to purge Cheney from the top position, sources have said an overwhelming number of Cheney’s colleagues voted to remove her.

The Wyoming Republican faced a similar challenge to her position in February for her remarks and actions regarding Trump, though she survived the vote at the time with her leadership role still intact.

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Omar said the vote to oust Cheney shows that House Republicans supported “the violent insurrection to overthrow our election on Jan. 6 and will purge anyone who calls for accountability ― even if they support a radical right-wing agenda.”

“They will cancel and censure if you dare to challenge them, but cry if anyone calls them into account. We should all fear for our democracy,” she added. 

Cheney has targeted Omar multiple times in recent years for her comments about Israel, using similar talking points as Trump, accusing the Muslim congresswoman of being "antisemitic."

Omar has also accused Cheney of "deep seeded hate and Islamophobia" and the pair has feuded online over other issues in the past.