Donald Trump Says Replacing Liz Cheney With Elise Stefanik Is What GOP Needs Ahead of 2022 Election

Donald Trump said Monday that replacing embattled GOP Representative Liz Cheney is in the Republican Party's best interest ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

"The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik," Trump said in a statement.

The former president went on "Elise has intelligence, an endorsement from American Patriot Brandon Judd and the National Border Patrol Council, she has an A+ from the NRA, and she loves our Veterans. We need someone in Leadership who has experience flipping districts from Blue to Red as we approach the important 2022 midterms, and that's Elise! She knows how to win, which is what we need!"

The message comes days ahead of a critical vote on whether to remove Cheney from her position as House Republican Conference chair. The caucus is expected to meet on Wednesday to settle the matter.

Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has been under fire from her colleagues for her criticisms of Trump, including her pushback against his baseless allegations about the 2020 presidential election and his role in inciting the U.S. Capitol insurrection on January 6.

The Wyoming representative was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection. The move sparked backlash from her colleagues, but Cheney survived a secret ballot vote to remove her from her leadership position by a wide margin, 145-61.

The feud picked back up again last week after Cheney responded to Trump's press statement that the 2020 election would be known as "THE BIG LIE!"

Cheney challenged Trump's claim, tweeting: "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."

She went on to criticize Trump by name at an American Enterprise Institute event in Georgia, where she argued that the GOP cannot "rebuild the party or the conservative movement on a foundation of lies."

Trump Advises GOP Replace Cheney with Stefanik
Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28 in Orlando, Florida. On Monday, Trump once again endorsed Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney as House Republican Conference chair. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Soon after her statements, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hinted at a removal effort, saying on Fox & Friends that he'd heard concerns from caucus members about whether Cheney could "carry out the job" as conference chair.

In a hot mic moment, McCarthy also reportedly told the news network he'd "lost confidence" in Cheney and that he'd "had it with her."

Then, on Sunday, the Republican leader officially endorsed Stefanik to replace Cheney. "We want to be united in looking, moving forward," McCarthy told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

Trump quickly endorsed Stefanik on May 5. The New York congresswoman thanked Trump for his "100% support" and said the party was "focused on FIRING PELOSI & WINNING in 2022!"