The Republican National Committee voted Friday to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their involvement in the “Democrat-led” January 6 select committee.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel recorded the voice vote at the RNC’s winter meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The RNC will “immediately cease any and all support” of Cheney and Kinzinger, both of whom have been vocal anti-Trump critics.
“The Conference must not be sabotaged by Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger who have demonstrated, with actions and words, that they support Democrat efforts to destroy President Trump more than they support winning back a Republican majority in 2023,” it said.
Both Cheney and Kinzinger responded to the vote.
“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney said.
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said she is a “constitutional conservative” and accused her party of abandoning the Constitution to support Trump.
Kinzinger said he has “no regrets about my decision to uphold my oath of office and defend the Constitution. I will continue to focus my efforts on standing for truth and working to fight the political matrix that’s led us to where we find ourselves today.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) condemned the vote in a tweet.
“Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol,” he said. “Honor attaches to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking truth even when doing so comes at great personal cost.”