Biden says he doesn't 'understand the Republicans' amid House GOP efforts to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership

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  • Biden was asked for a reaction to House GOP members' efforts to remove Liz Cheney from leadership.

  • "I don't understand the Republicans," Biden told reporters on Wednesday.

  • Republican leaders are considering Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Cheney.

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday seemed puzzled by House Republicans' latest efforts to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position.

"I don't understand the Republicans," Biden told reporters as he exited Union Market in Washington, DC, to grab lunch from Taqueria Las Gemelas, a restaurant that received federal aid to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, per the White House press pool.

Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has been sidelined by her colleagues House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who are moving to oust her as chair of the House Republican Conference.

The shake-up comes after Cheney has repeatedly spoken out against former President Donald Trump for his role in the Capitol insurrection on January 6 and for spreading lies about the 2020 presidential election.

Republican leaders are pushing for Rep. Elise Stefanik - a fierce Trump supporter - to replace Cheney, Punchbowl News first reported on Wednesday. Stefanik told her GOP colleagues that Trump has backed her for the job.

Biden reacted further to the issue later on Wednesday, saying, "It seems as though the Republican Party is trying to identify what it stands for, and they're in the midst of a significant sort of mini revolution."

"We need a two-party system," he added. "It's not healthy to have a one-party system."

Cheney's GOP leadership status was previously tested after she supported Trump's impeachment for incitement of the insurrection, but she managed to survive a caucus vote in February.

Read more: Liz Cheney has infuriated her party before and survived. Now she's in for her biggest fight yet.

Since then, Republican lawmakers have remained frustrated with her public opposition to Trump and are considering a new vote to remove her from her post as early as next week, Punchbowl News reported.

Cheney, seemingly unfazed by the pressure from her party, has continued to push back on Trump's false rhetoric around the 2020 presidential election. She has also put in little effort to keep her position as GOP leadership mounts a challenge against her, Politico reported on Wednesday.

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