House Republicans are getting ready for a referendum on Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney’s role in leadership this week after she supported the far-left Democrats’ rushed, second impeachment of President Trump.
Cheney ignited significant backlash from her own party just three weeks ago when she announced her support for Democrats’ plan to remove the outgoing president days before the end of his term.
The timing of her move – the day before the vote – hurt members of the caucus she leads, according to many members. They also cited the extreme rhetoric she used in pushing for Trump’s removal from office.
“The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney claimed of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots in a statement frequently quoted by Democrats and the media. “Everything that followed was his doing.”
While members repeatedly said they didn’t necessarily have a problem with a random member of the Republican conference voting for impeachment, they viewed a member of leadership doing so as a scandal, according to The Federalist.
A poll out last week reveals Cheney’s popularity in Wyoming plummeted following her latest stunt:
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A survey conducted by Trump pollster John McLaughlin found only 10 percent of GOP primary voters reported willingness to vote for Cheney in next year’s party contest. Only 13 percent said they would support the incumbent’s re-election in the general pending survival in the primary.
“If Liz Cheney had a rally with all of her supporters, they could likely meet inside one of the elevators in the capital, and still have plenty of room for social distancing,” Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted outside the Wyoming statehouse to hundreds demonstrating their opposition to Cheney in Cheyenne last week.
In Congress, Cheney is poised to lose her number three seat in leadership before losing her spot in the House. Multiple GOP aides on Capitol Hill told The Federalist a vote on Cheney’s role in leadership is likely to come tomorrow, Wednesday.
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney has now been CENSURED by Republican Parties in ten Wyoming counties and that number could continue to climb, according to the
Of the ten censure resolutions, the Sweetwater County Republican Party said Cheney had “betrayed the trust and failed to honor the will of the very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters who elected her.”
The resolution continued:
Because she voted in an anarchic proceeding against President Donald J. Trump which was conducted in contravention of established principles of due process — a proceeding that provided no probative evidence for consideration, called no witnesses to testify under oath, permitted no questioning of the accusers by the accused — Representative Liz Cheney stood in defiance of the quantifiable will of the substantial majority of Wyoming citizens and devalued the political influence of the State of Wyoming.
Over half of the House Republican Conference has committed to vote to remove Cheney from her leadership role.
Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) have been suggested as possible replacements.