Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) went on CNN on Friday morning to complain about Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) being ousted as the Republican Conference chair. He claimed that Cheney’s ousting over her opposition to former President Donald Trump was a “loyalty test” for House Republicans.
‘It’s Been An Awful Week For Republicans’
“It’s been an awful week for Republicans,” Flake said. “Liz Cheney did a stellar job in explaining why she did what she did. I mean, that speech on the House floor and then her interviews afterward, it’s been a bad week for Republicans. Not because people care or even know who the House conference chair is, but the fact that this is a manifestation of a party that is unwilling to accept truth, that’s what’s really damaging.”
“This is President Trump’s party right now,” he added. “It won’t always be. I think he will lose influence more quickly than he would like. But right now, this is a loyalty test. It’s not a test on ideology. Obviously, Liz Cheney is far more conservative than Elise Stefanik, but this is a test on whether or not you are loyal to a man, and that’s a terrible place for a party to be in. And so, yeah, it’s more of a purge than a civil war.”
Trump Celebrates Cheney’s Ousting
This comes after Trump himself spoke out to celebrate Cheney’s ousting.
Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being,” Trump said in a statement, according to Yahoo News. “She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy.”
“She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our great military, the worst decision in our country’s history,” Trump concluded. “I look forward to soon watching her as a paid contributor on CNN or MSDNC!”
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Cheney has continued to blast Trump since her ousting, pledging to do everything she can to make sure he does not become president again.
This piece was written by James Samson on May 15, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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