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Rep Liz Cheney, the congresswoman from Wyoming who’s third-ranking in House Republican leadership, continues to experience blowback from most of her GOP colleagues for her vote to impeach Donald Trump — as well as refusing to go along with the lie that Trump won the 2020 election.
Cheney, who as daughter to former vice president Dick Cheney has built an impeccable conservative credential for herself, nonetheless could find herself stripped of her leadership position because she is one of 10 House Republicans who voted “aye” on Trump’s historic second impeachment, related to his conduct around the January 6 Capitol insurrection. She also refuses to support Trump’s baseless “Big Lie” that supposedly the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) was caught on an open mic publicly disparaging Cheney.
“I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” he said, referring to a motion to strip her from leadership.
Jim Jordan, a combative Republican congressman from Ohio and staunch Trump supporter, was even more forthcoming about his feelings about Cheney.
“Well, it’s tough to be the spokesperson for your party, for your conference when you disagree with where 90 percent of your party and the conference is. So I do think there’s going to be a change,” Jordan said. “I was for making a change three months ago. There was a vote and that didn’t prevail. Since that time, I’ve said we should be focused on the crazy things that the Democrats are doing, all their left-wing agenda and their spending and so forth.
“But unfortunately, our conference chair wants to continue to talk about things that aren’t, I think, in the best interest of the party, in the best interest of the conference,” he added. “So I do think there’s going to be another vote and I think the outcome will be different.”
Others, including some other Republicans, believe that sanctioning Cheney will only send the GOP down a rabbit hole of deception and dishonesty if fealty to Trump — and his “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him — is the top animating principle of the party.
“Liz Cheney is going to lose her position in leadership. That’s clear. It’s a matter of days or week or two. She’s going to be penalized for speaking the truth. I mean, think about that. Think about where the Republican party is,” said Joe Walsh, former Republican congressman from Illinois.
George Conway, the conservative “Never Trumper” attorney who served as a gadfly to Trump while being married to Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s top advisers, put the fate of the GOP in fairly apocalyptic terms.
“Well, I mean, it’s basically we’re headed towards essentially destruction of the Republican Party as a serious party, at least as a potential majority party, I think. Precisely because they can’t make the numbers add up and you lose somebody like Liz Cheney again as Cheney points out, she is going to have more time on her hands to become a spokesperson for truth and it’s just is an amazingly self-destructive thing Republicans are being very, very short sided,” Conway said. “They want to avoid primary challenges but ultimately, they’re ultimately by sticking to the big lie, they’re ultimately sewing the seeds of their own destruction.”
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