Support of Donald Trump, Representative Elise Stefanik was elected by her Republican peers to replace Liz Cheney, a major critic of the former president. A strong signal in anticipation of the parliamentary elections of 2022?
On May 14, Elise Stefanik, a 36-year-old elected House of Representatives, was named by her colleagues in the Republican Party “chair of the House Republican Conference” – a position considered the third most important in the hierarchy of the Grand Old Party. This candidate supporting Donald Trump succeeds Liz Cheney, who openly criticized the former president. A situation which highlights the still very present influence of Donald Trump on the Republican Party in the preparation of the mid-term elections of 2022.
On May 12, Liz Cheney – daughter of ex-vice-president Dick Cheney – was ousted from her post. Elise Stefanik presented herself as a unifier, with the support of Donald Trump. Of the 212 elected Republican members of the House, 134 voted for her and 46 against, in a secret ballot.
An election that Donald Trump was delighted about on his blog: “Congratulations to Elise Stefanik for her great and overwhelming victory! The [Parti républicain] in the House is united and the Make America Great Again movement is strong! ”. In his acceptance speech after a closed-door Republicans vote in the House of Representatives, Elise Stefanik stressed that Donald Trump played a “crucial role” in the party.
Elise Stefanik’s new role as “chair of the House Republican Conference” is to carry the party’s message both internally and to voters, a position which is all the more crucial given that the parliamentary elections of November 2022 are at the forefront. ‘horizon. “Americans know the stakes are extraordinarily high,” she said. “We are going on the offensive and will regain the majority in 2022. We must be united,” she said, pointing to the common enemy from which we must “save the country”: “the radical democratic-socialist program […] and the far-left politics ”of President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Elise Stefanik is a Harvard graduate and worked in the White House for George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009 – when Liz Cheney’s father was vice president. She was then elected New York’s representative to Congress in January 2015, and at the time was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She had at first kept his distance with Donald Trump, and was even voted against its major tax reform in 2017 and expressed his opposition to several landmark decisions, including the withdrawal of the United States of the Paris climate agreement. It nevertheless assumes its evolution, by declaring itself from now on “proud conservative republican”.
An elected pro-Trump succeeds an anti-Trump
Elise Stefanik said Liz Cheney had yet its place within the Republican Party, even if it was one of the ten House Republicans who voted for the impeachment of Donald Trump for “inciting to insurrection” at of the intrusion of his supporters into the Capitol precinct on January 6. The former US president was then acquitted by the Senate.
The elected representative of Wyoming is one of the few tenors of the Republican Party who openly criticizes Donald Trump. She relentlessly denounces the “very dangerous lies” according to her, from Donald Trump, who continues to claim that the last presidential election was “stolen” from her. “I don’t think he should lead the party,” she hammered on CNN on the evening of May 14. “And it’s really important that we Republicans stand up for the truth,” she continued. “” The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it has been spreading a big lie is turning its back on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system, ”she said on Twitter on May 3.
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
– Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
A position that is in the minority within the party: in a speech given to Congress on May 12 criticizing members of his party who did not oppose Donald Trump’s claims on fraud during the presidential election – she called “crusade to undermine our democracy” – all the Republican congressmen but one had left the scene, as noted Business Insider.