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Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: ‘Maybe we’re the leaders’

Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) on Friday argued that they were “ahead” of their Republican colleagues in an effort to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from her role in GOP leadership.

Cheney, the House Republican Conference chairwoman, is facing a vote next week on whether she should keep her position. The vote is shaping up to be a loyalty test to former President Trump, whom Cheney has vocally criticized.

Gaetz and Greene, who have put themselves forward as some of Trump’s most ardent defenders in Congress, spoke during an event Friday at The Villages in Florida, the first stop on their “America First Tour.”

The pair noted that they have long pressed for Cheney’s removal from her leadership post after she voted earlier this year to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 mob attack at the U.S. Capitol.

While House Republicans in February voted 145-61 to keep Cheney as the No. 3 GOP leader, Gaetz on Friday said that his colleagues have now “caught up” in their desire to oust the Wyoming lawmaker.