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Cheney speaking to reporters after being removed as GOP conference chair yesterday. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) plans to make her purge the beginning of a new movement, with campaign travel, fundraising and speeches to challenge Donald Trump for ideological dominance of the GOP.

Driving the news: Sources in Cheney's camp tell me her message will be the importance of the truth, the need to move past Trump, and a push to articulate conservative policy and substance to combat Democrats.

  • She'll argue to conservatives: If we’re ever going to be trusted again to uphold the Constitution, and win again politically, we have to be honest.
  • We can't embrace Trump: We know what he’s capable of — and we have to be a party of ideas and vision, not a cult of personality.

Cheney is leaving open the possibility of challenging Trump if he runs again in 2024, although she would be the longest of shots.

  • Some longtime Republicans, including a few in House leadership, fear her "new mission will only prod Mr. Trump to run again in 2024 to prove his hold on the party," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin reports.

Reality check: It'd be difficult for Cheney to mount a credible campaign as an anti-Trump neocon in a populist, quasi-isolationist party with a large evangelical segment of primary voters.

Go deeper: Read Axios' full breakdown of Cheney's ouster

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Go deeper

Liz Cheney's game plan

Cheney arrives at the Capitol for a vote yesterday. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/AP

As she faces a vote to be thrown out of House Republican leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney has told associates she doesn’t plan on going anywhere — and plans to run for re-election.

What to watch: In the meantime, as she sees it, she will aggressively pursue a fight for the soul of the Republican Party, after an expected vote to strip her of her role as GOP conference chair, the party's No. 3 House post.

House Republicans vote to remove Liz Cheney from leadership

House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as conference chair in a voice vote Wednesday, capping months of growing backlash over her criticisms of former President Trump, according to two sources in the room.

Why it matters: The stunning removal of the No. 3 House Republican over her condemnation of Trump's election lies reflects the influence the former president still retains over the GOP.

What Liz Cheney told House Republicans before her ouster from leadership

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) arriving on Capitol Hill on May 12. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

"If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from," Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told House Republicans before they voted to remove her as the party's conference chair on Wednesday.

Why it matters: In her address, Cheney promised that she "will be leading the fight to restore our party" and make it "worthy again of being the party of Lincoln," signaling that she doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon and will continue to be a voice of dissent in the party.