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Larry Hogan: Ousting Liz Cheney was a mistake

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“I thought she just stood up and told the truth and said exactly what she thought,” Maryland’s governor said.

Removing Rep. Liz Cheney from her role as the House's No. 3 Republican is "kind of doubling down on failure," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday morning.

"I think it was a mistake," Hogan said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Liz Cheney is a solid conservative Republican who voted with the president 93 percent of the time. I thought she just stood up and told the truth and said exactly what she thought.

"To ostracize somebody or remove them from their leadership position, it's crazy," the Maryland Republican added. "I mean, it's kind of doubling down on failure. We've lost the White House, the House, the Senate over the past four years, and to continue to do the exact same thing and expect a different result is the definition of insanity."

Cheney was ousted from Republican House leadership last week after publicly rejecting former President Donald Trump's theories about a rigged election. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik — who has vocally supported Trump and his election theories — easily secured the spot after garnering support from top party leaders and Trump himself.

But Hogan said that Trump's continued role in the GOP is problematic — echoing Cheney's assertions that Trump poses an "ongoing threat" to democracy.

"I think he's toxic for the Republican Party and for the country," he said. "And I think we've got to find a way to get the Republican Party back to the party of Lincoln and Reagan and get back to the traditional big tent party that can appeal to the majority of people. Otherwise, we simply aren't going to have control, we're not going to get the White House back and we won't have control of the House and the Senate."

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