Her allies mentioned that makes an attempt to punish her had been counterproductive at a time when the occasion needs to be united in opposition to Democratic management of Washington.
“The beneficiaries of Republican fratricide are Democrats,” mentioned Karl Rove, the previous Bush strategist, who’s near the Cheney household. “So the more we have purity tests and everyone has to think and act alike, particularly when it comes to former President Trump, it’s only helping Democrats.”
But lots of her constituents see no downside with making an instance of her.
A rally outdoors the State Capitol final week headlined by Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman and Trump loyalist, drew a number of hundred folks. They chanted “No more Cheney!” and cheered as Mr. Gaetz ripped into “Never Trump” Republicans, calling them relics from a occasion that Mr. Trump has remodeled from its days underneath the management of the Bushes and Ms. Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“We control the true spirit and identity of America,” mentioned Mr. Gaetz, who’s main the hassle to oust Ms. Cheney from the House management.
After his speech, Teresa Kunkel, a retired state worker, mentioned that she had attended the rally as a result of, as a Christian, she didn’t imagine Ms. Cheney was being an sincere consultant for Wyoming. “She didn’t represent what we voted for,” Ms. Kunkel mentioned. “She betrayed us — big time.”
The second impeachment of Mr. Trump final month, which Ms. Cheney supported, was an injustice, Ms. Kunkel added. “It’s like: ‘I didn’t like what you did, so you’re out. And we’re in the majority, so we can do that.’ That’s cancel culture,” she mentioned.