House Republicans purged Liz Cheney from their management ranks Wednesday, a speedy fall for the Wyoming consultant from one of many GOP’s most distinguished political households.
The caucus voted throughout an inner social gathering assembly on eradicating Cheney from her place because the third-highest rating House Republican for her continued refusal to get in line and cease criticizing former President Donald Trump.
She was simply one among 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump’s impeachment in January. She secretly orchestrated a January op-ed in The Washington Post from all 10 residing former protection secretaries warning about Trump’s makes an attempt to politicize the army.
And regardless of warnings and threats from her colleagues, she has continued to double down on her condemnation of the previous president. On Tuesday night time, she gave her final speech on the ground because the GOP convention chair, saying that “freedom only survives if we protect it.”
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” Cheney stated in her defiant remarks. “I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”
In latest weeks, pundits and political writers have referred to as Cheney “the conscience of Republicans,” a “martyr” and a “symbol of courage,” and have bemoaned “a party that lost its way.” Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) referred to as her “a leader of great courage, patriotism and integrity.”
But make no mistake ― Cheney helped deliver the Republican Party to the place it’s right now. She, like many different Republicans, inspired Trump or seemed the opposite approach till it was too late.
Republican politicians have a behavior of inviting essentially the most excessive parts into their home after which bemoaning their fringe pals because the social gathering will get uncontrolled. Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who made a reputation for himself with the hardball politics of the Newt Gingrich period, got here to despise the tea party movement and the politicians it elected ― the Freedom Caucus and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) ― at the same time as he didn’t rein within the motion’s most excessive positions and benefited from its rise.
Cheney helped deliver the Republican Party to the place it’s right now. She, like many different Republicans, inspired Trump or seemed the opposite approach till it was too late.
Until just lately, Cheney was proper there with the president ― despite the fact that he all the time made clear precisely who he was. In 2019, The New York Times stated she was competing with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to see “who is Trumpier,” incomes reward from the likes of ardent Trump backer and scandal-plagued Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
She voted consistent with Trump’s positions 93% of the time. Until the 2020 election, her most notable variations with the president have been on international coverage. Cheney was extra hawkish than Trump, consistent with the popularity of her hawkish father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. She disagreed on coverage, nevertheless it was by no means acrimonious.
Cheney’s public breaks with Trump and a few members of her social gathering began coming extra regularly throughout the coronavirus pandemic when she backed Dr. Anthony Fauci and different medical consultants and urged people to wear masks. In December, she additionally voted in opposition to growing COVID-19 stimulus funds from $600 to $2,000 ― one thing Trump stated he supported.
What she is doing now could be politically gutsy and will value her a bigger function in Republican politics shifting ahead, at the very least within the close to time period. But whereas she has railed in opposition to Trump’s “big lie” that the election was stolen from him, she has been greater than high quality with embracing most of the smaller lies he advised that paved the way in which for the massive one.
Cheney’s workplace didn’t return HuffPost’s request for remark.
Cheney has expressed concern about how the Republican Party has change into wedded to conspiracy theories. But even earlier than Trump took workplace, his penchant for embracing and spreading these lies was well-known. He was a vocal proponent of the racist conspiracy concept that Barack Obama wasn’t born within the United States and was due to this fact ineligible to be president.
In 2011, Cheney gave credibility to the birthers and refused to denounce them throughout an interview on “Larry King.” While she stated she didn’t imagine that Obama was born overseas, she stated she understood the place they have been coming from.
“I think the Democrats have got more crazies than the Republicans do,” Cheney stated. “But setting that aside, one of the reasons you see people so concerned about this — I think this issue is, people are uncomfortable with having for the first time ever, I think, a president who seems so reluctant to defend the nation overseas.”
Cheney pushed most of the identical excessive positions Trump embraced, arguing in 2019 that Democrats had change into the “party of antisemitism, the party of infanticide, the party of socialism.” She regularly demonized Muslim Americans ― together with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― implying that they’re anti-American, antisemitic and a security threat.
“Liz Cheney is as right-wing as they come,” Omar advised HuffPost. “She has spent her career agitating for war with Iran, is an open climate denier and has pressured the government to silence climate activism. She has supported giant tax breaks for billionaires, gutting health care in this country, and is one of the most prominent agitators for endless wars and impunity for human rights abusers. She has repeatedly singled out Muslims for scorn and directly contributed to the rise of anti-Muslim hate in this country. Progressives should not be celebrating anyone with her record.”
“It’s also true that the reason Republicans are removing her leadership is shameful,” Omar added. “They support the violent insurrection to overthrow our election on January 6th and will purge anyone who calls for accountability ― even if they support a radical right-wing agenda. They will cancel and censure if you dare to challenge them, but cry if anyone calls them into account. We should all fear for our democracy.”
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