Rep. Elise Stefanik said Thursday that Republicans need to work as “one team” in 2022 to win back the House of Representatives, comments made as she emerges as the favorite to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the House Republican Conference chair.
Stefanik, R-N. Y., made the comments in an interview on Steven Bannon’s “War Room Pandemic” podcast. She emphasized her support for former President Donald Trump and said the GOP must work with Trump in the midterms. Trump endorsed Stefanik for the conference chair position on Wednesday.
“My vision is to run with support from the president and his coalition of voters,” Stefanik said after Bannon brought up the topic of the new job she is seeking.
“I’m committed to being a voice and sending a clear message that we are one team and that means working with the president,” and all GOP members of Congress, Stefanik said, referring to Trump.
She added that she is “proud to stand up for President Trump.”
Cheney, R-Wyo., has fallen out of favor with many House Republicans over the fact she’s repeatedly launched broadsides against Trump over his false claims that the presidential election was stolen.
“The question before us now is whether we will join Trump’s crusade to delegitimize and undo the legal outcome of the 2020 election, with all the consequences that might have,” Cheney said in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday. “While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fundraising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country.”
Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump earlier this year over his alleged role in inspiring the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters triggered an earlier effort to unseat her as conference chair. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., stood with Cheney then and she easily survived the effort.
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