Mitt Romney Warns GOP Removing Cheney From Leadership Role Will 'Cost Us' Voters

Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Monday criticized the congressional members of his party who are seeking to remove Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney as their third highest-ranking House member.

Romney, a longtime target of former President Donald Trump and his most ardent GOP supporters, remarked Monday that "expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won't gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few." The former 2012 GOP presidential nominee rebuked the recent public remarks of the top two House GOP lawmakers, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise. Both GOP leaders last week endorsed the challenging bid of New York Republican Elise Stefanik to take over Cheney's third-position party role as House Republican Conference chair.

Numerous former Republican Party lawmakers have praised Romney, Cheney and former President George W. Bush for their rejection of Trump's unfounded election claims. But a very vocal sect of Washington GOP representatives have made their support for Trump very clear since last November.

Trump, issuing a Monday statement through his media email list, offered his full support to Stefanik's campaign to unseat Cheney from leadership.

"The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik. 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 former president stated.

Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won't gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 10, 2021

Last week, Trump dismissed any doubt that he would continue seeking the removal of all 17 Republicans who voted in favor of his impeachment earlier this year, which included Cheney in the House. Romney has personally experienced the spite of pro-Trump members of his party, with Utah county GOP members voting to censure him over his impeachment vote this week.

During a Conservative Political Action Conference speech earlier this year, Trump blasted Cheney, Romney and every other GOP member of Congress who voted to impeach him.

"Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party leadership," Trump stated. "We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!"

Newsweek reached out to Cheney's Wyoming congressional offices as well as that of the former president for additional remarks Monday afternoon.

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Sen. Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump on November 22, 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House. During a CPAC speech earlier this year, Trump blasted Liz Cheney, Romney and every other GOP member of Congress who voted to impeach him. Alex Wong/Getty Images