The ouster of Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from the third ranking leadership position in the U. S. House was no surprise based on recent press reports. Her continued defiance of former President Donald Trump has opened up the riff between factions of the republican party.
Cheney holds Trump responsible for fomenting the January sixth riot at the U.S. Capitol. She also maintains the belief that Trump’s rhetoric about voter fraud in the 2020 election provokes violence and encourages some of his supporters to hostility and disorder. Even though Cheney voted 93 percent of the time with Trump, she has flatly stated that she will do everything she can to “make sure he gets nowhere near the White House again.”
According to Cheney, Trump’s continued recalcitrance about the election demonstrates a complete disregard for the Constitution, and makes it impossible for the republican party to come together to win back power.
Does this mean she is the rare kind of patriot who is willing to give up power based on principle? Or is her position based more on personal animus toward Trump. After all, the former president has never been shy about expressing his aversion of positions taken by Liz’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Trumpsters point out that over 74 million Americans cast their votes for the Trump/Pence ticket in 2020. Polls show that a large percentage of republicans do still believe that there was cheating against Trump in the election. How widespread, or whether or not the cheating would have changed the outcome, depends on who you talk to.
Trumpsters also argue that their president was very effective in putting in place conservative republican policies that were great for the country. They claim he accomplished many things in his term of office that republicans have expressed as goals for decades. Based on her voting record, I don’t think Cheney would disagree with that.
So, as a reflection of the positions of many conservatives across America, we have a disagreement on style and modus operandi.
Wyoming will have the opportunity to voice their opinion with their votes for our lone representative in congress in 2022. Seeing the opening, a number of candidates have already emerged to run against Cheney. But I wouldn’t count her out. She has strong support in the state, with some republicans casting her as strong and brave for taking on Trump as she has. It is still a long time before votes are counted in 2022 and a lot will happen between now and then. This rift in the party may have just a small impact in that election.
But both of these politicos will persist as big players in the republican party for years to come, whether they are in office or not.