Pelosi slams GOP leadership's moves against Liz Cheney

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week condemned Republican efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as House GOP conference chair.

Why it matters: A number of Democrats have spoken out against attempts to punish Cheney for her criticism of former President Trump, framing the discussion as one essential to the maintenance of American democracy.

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What they're saying: Pelosi said the GOP is, "punishing Members who tell the truth" about Trump's election loss and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per a statement posted to her website.

  • "Nothing less is at stake than out democracy," Pelosi said in an interview with PBS on Wednesday.

  • "Maybe she's more, shall we say, compliant," Pelosi said in reference to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who has been floated as Cheney's replacement as House Republican conference chair.

  • Pelosi praised Cheney for her courage in speaking out.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also waded into the debate on Thursday, tweeting that Cheney will likely lose her leadership position for the crime of "acknowledging the reality that Trump lost the election."

  • "The Republican Party is no longer a 'conservative' party. It is an anti-democratic cult pushing the Big Lie and conspiracy theories," Sanders added.

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