Of course, this was a secret ballot. If it were public, the result would have been different.
But in the end, when given the choice to side with the establishment and a woman who voted to impeach Donald Trump, or to support the ex-president and his tens of millions of grassroots GOP supporters, they stuck with their own.
According to Fox News:
Embattled GOP Rep. Liz Cheney didn’t apologize for her vote three weeks ago to impeach then-President Trump.
And in the end, she didn’t need to.
The House Republican Conference Chair on Wednesday night easily survived a push by House GOP Trump loyalists to strip her of her number three leadership position.
In a secret ballot vote by the entire House Republican Conference, only 61 members voted to strip Cheney of her leadership role, with 145 supporting her.
Cheney was under fire over her vote three weeks ago to impeach Trump on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters. Cheney was the most senior of 10 Republicans who joined all 222 House Democrats to impeach Trump, with 197 GOP representatives voting against impeachment.
On the eve of the impeachment vote, the three-term congresswoman from Wyoming said that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She stressed that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”