House Republican Conference Chairwoman Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) is urging the party to “steer away” from the “Trump cult of personality” as she deals with being removed from her leadership position, and probably her House seat, over her criticisms and even more so her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. She sided with the Democrat’s Big Lie that Trump incited the Capitol riot on January 6 when he asked for exactly the opposite telling the people at the rally he was holding to go march “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol to let their voices be heard.
In a piece published in The Washington Post on Tuesday afternoon, Cheney argued that “the GOP is at a turning point” and “history is watching us.”
She could not be more right, but for reasons different from what she thinks. For decades now, Republican voters have been frustrated that the party leadership doesn’t listen to them. For example, Republican voters do not like illegal immigration, but the party leadership often fought with former President Trump who tried to reform our immigration system and even encouraged members of Congress to vote against Trump’s legal right to declare a national emergency to obtain funding for the border wall.
Cheney wrote, “In public statements again this week, former President Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen. His message: I am still the rightful president, and President Biden is illegitimate. Trump repeats these words now with full knowledge that exactly this type of language provoked violence on January 6. And, as the Justice Department and multiple federal judges have suggested, there is good reason to believe that Trump’s language can provoke violence again. Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this.”
Cheney’s argument does not help her, because the overwhelming majority of Republican voters believe Trump is right. For goodness’ sake, the country watched as it happened in real-time. I would argue that Liz Cheney and her ilk themselves provoked violence more than anything Trump said about the election. The fact that House Republicans rode Trump’s coattails to victory and the GOP leadership did less than nothing to help expose the massive election fraud that took place, oddly enough, in only the key battleground states that decided the election is unforgivable. Cheney just doesn’t get it. Just because Democrats and evil Fake News anchors and evil social media tech tyrants suppress free speech over any discussion of what happened during the 2020 election doesn’t make the issue go away.
The congresswoman ended her plea, “We Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality. In our hearts, we are devoted to the American miracle. We believe in the rule of law, in limited government, in a strong national defense, and in prosperity and opportunity brought by low taxes and fiscally conservative policies.”
I think that state sealed her fate. Cheney still doesn’t understand that the Republican Party is now a Trump party, and it is she who is a cult of RINO personality. She just keeps running her mouth against a still very popular Republican president. You would think the fact that she was censured by her state’s Republican Party over her vote to impeach in the second impeachment sham would have been a sign.
Cheney thought she was protected because she was the third highest-ranking Republican in the House, and though Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) once signaled that he was not for having her removed from her leadership position over her vote to impeach, the minority leader was recently caught on a hot mic admitting that he’s lost confidence in her.
“I think she’s got real problems,” McCarthy was reportedly heard saying to Fox News host Steve Doocy. “I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.”
It sounds like McCarthy or someone else in leadership had a few words with Cheney and asked her to stop attacking Trump because he’s still very popular among the base. Yet she kept doubling down on her insults, thinking she was safe.
The embattled Wyoming Republican wrote the op-ed as predictions are being made that she will lose her leadership position by the end of the month, claiming that Trump is dishonest and bad for the party. The trouble with her assertion is that Trump is honest to a fault. He will tell you what is on his mind at any given time, sometimes to his own detriment, but saying the former president is dishonest and bad for the party is the biggest misstatement since General Custer said, “Ooh, look, I think they’re friendly Indians.”
The person who is likely to replace Cheney in her leadership role is Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) who has been a reliable Trump loyalist.
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Trump, who has blasted Cheney every time she talked smack about him, delivered a statement on the same day of her op-ed publication saying, “Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership. We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!”
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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