Republican Lawmaker: 'We Shouldn't Be Talking About Liz Cheney, We Should Be Talking About...Radical Biden Agenda'

By Susan Jones | May 10, 2021 | 5:16am EDT
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) waits for President Joe Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on April 28, 2021. (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) waits for President Joe Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on April 28, 2021. (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee, is among the House Republicans who are eager to push Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming out of her leadership position.

Banks told "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace that Cheney is a "distraction" from the Republican mission to oppose Biden and win seats in 2022:

I'm the leader of the largest conservative caucus, Republican Study Committee. Chris, it's uncomfortable at times, but one of my jobs is to hold my Republican leadership accountable for being focused on the Republican ideals that we stand for and the single mission that we have to win back the majority.

And, at this point, the reason, Chris, that you and I are talking about Liz Cheney on this important program on Sunday morning is -- is exact -- the exact evidence that she's failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of our party. We shouldn't be talking about Liz Cheney, we should be talking about pushing back against the radical Biden agenda. And this is all a distraction from our ability to be able to do that.

That -- that's why she will likely be replaced this week...We'll sort it out. I don't know who will replace her. But that will be a discussion the House conference will have this week, that we're going to take up because, at this point, it's necessary to do so.

Banks said winning the midterm election should be the goal of all Republicans, and "we are almost entirely unified on that mission except for Liz Cheney."

Cheney, the highest ranking woman in Republican leadership, does oppose the Biden agenda. But she disagrees with Banks and other Republicans on the future of the post-Trump Republican Party.

She infuriated her fellow Republicans when she voted to impeach Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection following the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Since then, she has called Trump's claim that the election was stolen a "big lie."

Cheney has made it clear she does not and will not have anything to do with Donald Trump, and unlike Banks and other Republican leaders, she rejects Trump’s influence on her party.

As Politico reported in early April, the animosity between Banks and Cheney is somewhat personal.

In a memo to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy last month – an internal memo obtained by Politico -- Banks urged Republicans to "capitalize on the gift Donald Trump gave us, which was his connection with working-class voters.”

“Because of Trump, the GOP has undergone a coalitional transformation and is now the party of the working class,” Banks wrote.

But Cheney rejected Banks's argument, Politico reported, citing "sources." "Cheney argued the GOP is not the party of class warfare and that dividing society into classes while attacking the private sector is neo-Marxist and wrong," the report said.

Banks on Sunday referred to the memo he wrote to House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy last month:

"I wrote a memo, Chris, recently to Leader McCarthy about how we keep Trump voters in the Republican fold. You can find it at And Liz Cheney is the only Republican leader who attacked the memo about making the Republican Party the party of the working class.

"If she doesn't get that, that that's an important part of the formula to win the majority back in the midterm election and win the White House back in 2024, then she doesn't belong in a leadership position," Banks said.

As for Cheney’s “big lie” criticism of Trump, Banks on Sunday said, "I've never said that the election was stolen. I've said I have very serious concerns with -- with how the election was conducted in last November because of COVID rules that loosened voter identification laws."

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