“But I think it is fair to say I regret the vote,” added Ms. Cheney, formerly the third-ranked Republican in the House of Representatives prior to being ousted from that leadership role Wednesday.
Ms. Cheney was stripped of her conference chairwoman status amid facing criticism from within the GOP for pushing back on Mr. Trump‘s unfounded assertions about the 2020 election being purportedly “stolen” from him.
President Biden won the White House race, as virtually all major polling had predicted, although Mr. Trump has continued to dispute the legitimacy of the election in the six months since it ended.
Throngs of Mr. Trump‘s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when Congress met to make his loss official, briefly delaying the certification of electoral college votes affirming his defeat.
“I will do everything that I can to make sure he is not the nominee and everything necessary to make sure that he never gets anywhere close to the Oval Office again,” said Ms. Cheney.
House Republicans voted Friday morning to make Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York Republican the newest conference chair.
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