The Republican Parties of ten different Wyoming counties have voted to censure House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney. According to the Casper Star-Tribune, that number could still rise.
Since Cheney and nine other Republicans voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump, who they blame for inciting the Capitol Hill riots on January 6, Cheney has faced significant criticism in Wyoming and Washington, D.C.
Ten of Wyoming’s 23 county Republican Party organizations have voted to censure Rep. Liz Cheney over her impeachment vote – https://t.co/ES0iko4Jle
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) February 2, 2021
County GOP: Cheney ‘Betrayed The Trust’ Of Her Voters
Wyoming Republicans haven’t minced words in their descriptions of Cheney’s behavior.
The Sweetwater County Republican Party censure states that Cheney had “betrayed the trust and failed to honor the will of the very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters who elected her.”
Part of their statement read:
“Because she voted in an anarchic proceeding against President Donald J. Trump which was conducted in contravention of established principles of due process — a proceeding that provided no probative evidence for consideration, called no witnesses to testify under oath, permitted no questioning of the accusers by the accused — Representative Liz Cheney stood in defiance of the quantifiable will of the substantial majority of Wyoming citizens and devalued the political influence of the State of Wyoming.”
Cheney, once Republican gold in Wyoming, is now facing backlash for her vote to impeach Trump. She faces the possibly of being censured or stripped of her job as House Republican Conference Chair, and there is even a movement to remove her from office. https://t.co/kA8UHj0y9P pic.twitter.com/nuRDpy9bb7
— CBS 42 (@CBS_42) January 30, 2021
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Cheney On Impeachment Vote: ‘This Is A Vote Of Conscience’
Over half of the House Republican Conference has said they plan to vote to remove Cheney from her leadership role.
Still, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has implied that he will not support ousting Cheney from her post, and Cheney herself declared last month, “I’m not going anywhere.”
“This is a vote of conscience,” Cheney added. “It’s one where there are different views in our conference.”
She did not explain how President Trump was responsible for some people breaking in to the Capitol building.
Republicans in 10 of 23 Wyoming counties have now censured Rep. Liz Cheney — and more could soon follow suit. https://t.co/b9opQqhYmz
— Casper Star-Tribune (@CSTribune) February 1, 2021
McConnell Supports Cheney
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave his support to Cheney on Monday, describing her as an “important leader.”
“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them,” McConnell told CNN.
“She is an important leader in our party and in our nation,” McConnell added. “I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation.”
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a regular Cheney foe, traveled to Wyoming last week to denounce her to the cheers of many Trump supporters.
Donald Trump To Focus On Defeating ‘Never Trump’ Republicans
Gaetz isn’t the only Republican taking steps to defeat Cheney in her 2022 re-election bid.
Former President Trump, considering his political future, had reportedly talked of creating a third party.
However, he is apparently changing that focus in favor of primarying ‘Never Trump’ Republicans – like Liz Cheney.
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