Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has created a new position for herself, along with a new conspiracy theory about Donald Trump.
Cheney, who was voted out of her leadership position as GOP Conference Chair by a voice vote meeting on Wednesday, told NBC News about her new leadership role: “I intend to be the leader, one of the leaders, in a fight to help to restore our party.”
She added a new wrinkle in the form a conspiracy theory, saying that former President Donald Trump is willing “to unravel the democracy to come back into power.”
Cheney has criticized Trump continually the last few months, saying she believes that the continuing influence Trump has within the GOP is “very dangerous” and “a cult of personality.”
Liz Cheney officially ousted from position as GOP conference chair, says she doesn't feel 'betrayed' by her party.https://t.co/dh7jQfU0d8
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) May 13, 2021
Cheney Too Divisive For Leadership Role
Cheney’s ouster from GOP leadership stems from her constant attacks on the popular Trump. During her interview with NBC, Cheney said that, “silence is not an option.” She continued,
“For reasons that I don’t understand, leaders in my party have decided to embrace the former President who launched that attack. And I think you’ve watched over the course of the last several months, the former President get more aggressive, more vocal, pushing the lie, and I think that’s a really important thing for people to understand. This isn’t about looking backwards. This is about the real-time current potential damage that he’s doing, that he continues to do.”
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Cheney also added, “He’s unfit. He never again can be anywhere close to the Oval Office.”
Cheney also had words for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, saying that she believes that he is “not leading with principle, and I think that is sad and I think it’s dangerous.”
Trump support aside, the main focus inside the GOP right now are the 2022 midterm elections, and winning back the House and Senate.
Republicans clearly felt that Cheney attacking the most popular Republican, Trump, was becoming a distraction to that goal.
That point was somewhat reiterated by Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). “We are unified behind a single mission of winning back the majority and it was clear from the way that the vote occurred that 99% of our members are focused on that, so it’s time to move on.”
“I think he is not leading with principle right now,” Rep. Liz Cheney said this morning about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “I think that it is sad, and I think it’s dangerous.” https://t.co/Rvl1zWBM91
— POLITICO (@politico) May 13, 2021
Cheney Is Not Alone In Her Opposition To Trump
Liz Cheney is not alone in her belief that Donald Trump is the death knell for the Republican Party.
A recent report from Reuters says that more than 100 former Republican officials are threatening to start a third party if the GOP does not see the error of its ways and break ties with Trump.
The group, “A Call for American Renewal,” is made up of former Bush White House Officials, Members of Congress, and others known for their never-Trumper stances.
Cheney is also not the only House member who voted to impeach Trump that will have a primary challenge in 2022. Of the ten members that voted to impeach, five have have challengers.
However, others who have criticized Trump in the past were silent on the removal of Cheney. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had no comment for reporters when asked about Cheney, and did not say anything on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney, also a fierce critic of Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, “Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 13, 2021
What’s Next For Liz Cheney?
Even with two challengers for her seat next year, Cheney says she fully intends to run for re-election in 2022. She also told NBC News that a presidential run of her own was not out of the question.
Until then, she says she is, “very focused on making sure that our party becomes again, a party that stands for truth, and stands for fundamental principles that are conservative. And mostly stands for the Constitution and I won’t let the former President or anybody else unravel the democracy. Whatever it takes.”
But is Liz Cheney missing the direction the Republican Party is taking, based on what the voters said they wanted by voting for Donald Trump and continuing to support him? It is certainly making her the media’s new best friend.
Have the folks in Wyoming and the rest of the nation said loudly enough that they are tired of the go-along-to-get-along attitude of old school Republicans who are viewed as caving in to Democrats, and are looking for people with new blood and a fire in the belly?
Liz Cheney may have won the battle by being the one currently in office, but Donald Trump may win the war.
"Liz Cheney Was Distracted by Trump Derangement Syndrome."
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) May 12, 2021
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