Where are the US Republicans headed after Donald Trump’s tenure ends? The ex-president continues to exert a lot of influence over his party – warnings are being marginalized.
Washington (AP) – In the dispute over the direction of the US Republicans, MP Elise Stefanik, backed by ex-President Donald Trump, had the upper hand in the race for a position in the political group leadership.
The 36-year-old was elected by a large majority during a closed session in Washington on Friday, US media reported. Stefanik succeeds prominent Trump critic Liz Cheney, who was voted out by the parliamentary group on Wednesday.
After the election, Stefanik promised to “fight for the people of America”. She also expressly thanked Trump, describing him as a “critical part of our Republican team.” The ex-president, who now lives in Florida, is the leader of the party in the eyes of voters. America is suffering from “extreme left-wing politics” by the government of Democratic successor Joe Biden.
As chairman of the Republican Conference in the House of Representatives, Stefanik is now the third-highest MP in her group. Trump hailed her election as a sign of Republican unity.
Cheney, 54, had branded the ex-president’s allegations of alleged electoral fraud a “lie” last year. She accuses Trump of conducting a “crusade” to undermine democracy. Cheney has announced it will continue to fight its dominance in the party. She calls for a return to traditional conservative Republican values.
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