Cheney launched a brutal attack on Republicans against Trump
Liz Cheney accused her fellow Republicans on Tuesday night of abandoning the rule of law and weakening American democracy, likely to oust her from party leadership for her criticism of Donald Trump on the eve of the vote.
Speaking in the U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday, Wyoming Congressman Cheney and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said the former president posed an unprecedented “threat” to America with false repetitions last year. they stole the election.
“Our duty is clear. All of us who have sworn must act to prevent the disintegration of our democracy, “Cheney told lawmakers.” Being silent and ignoring a lie encourages lying.
“I’m not going to get involved in that,” he added. “I will not sit and watch in silence as others weaken our democracy while the party ignores our rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade.”
Cheney has not given up an hour before the vote, she is likely to see the House Republican conference chair and the Capitol Hill GOP vote to stop her being the oldest woman.
The conflict with his party members has been seen in Washington as a symbol of Trump’s continued adherence to the Republican Party.
A staunch Conservative, Cheney was hailed as a rising star when he was elected to Congress in 2016. But it broke with many of its members after January 6th. attack The U.S. Capitol endangered lawmakers and left five people dead.
Cheney was one of 10 members of the Republican House accused of Trump for his role in the incident led by his supporters. He survived a vote of no confidence in a secret ballot in February.
However, Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House’s minority leader, has deteriorated in recent weeks as he continues to publicly criticized former president.
Trump has called the dreaded congressman a “warmer,” and has accepted New York state Elise Stefanik House as a replacement for the role.
McCarthy told colleagues this week that they should “schedule a vote to recall the conference chair.”
“After hearing from many of you in recent days, it’s clear we need to make a change,” he said in a letter, adding that the Republicans were “a big tent party.”
McCarthy is forming a strategy for Republicans to take control of the House in next year’s midterm elections, as the party also hopes to regain control of the Senate.
Critics believe that if Cheney is ousted, the GOP will further alienate the moderate voters who ousted the party from the ballot box last November.
“Ronald Reagan made it clear that calling our party a big tent was more likely to attract people, and that’s what we needed to win the election,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday. “If you tighten the tent for the kids, you’ll get less of a chance of winning the election.”
But others have defended the move, saying the GOP should choose leaders who will reflect the views of most lawmakers who continue to support Trump.
Kevin Cramer, a Republican senator from North Dakota, told Capitol Hill reporters that the Trump-era party has managed to attract “working-class Americans.”
“We have this big tent, and there should be room for everyone. But they’re not all going to be leaders,” he said of Cheney.
Cheney will remain in Congress after Wednesday’s vote, but is expected to face several top-level challengers in 2022.
“Is removing him from the conference chair a setback? Maybe, but not necessarily, ”said strategist Doug Heye and a former Republican National Committee spokesman. . . there is definitely a long-term strategy. ”