The vast majority of Republicans in the House have long backed former President Donald Trump because they, and their constituents, were well aware that he was all that stood between them and left-wing persecution — which, by the way, has already begun under Joe Biden.
But not all Republicans in the House are on board the Trump train. The GOP establishment largely sat out the Trump presidency, participating only when they knew they had no other choice but to throw a few bones to the (Trump) folks back home so they could be reelected.
One such establishmentarian in good standing is Liz Cheney, daughter of one of the biggest war-mongering neocon in modern history, former Defense Secretary and Vice President Dick “Weapons of Mass Destruction” Cheney.
Taking a cue from her dad, Cheney broke GOP ranks and voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol riot, knowing full well that he never, not once, ever implored his supporters to do what Maxine Waters, Corey Booker, and other Democrats have implored their haters to do — attack the opposition.
Now, legions of Republicans have made it their mission in life to see to it that Liz Cheney has a truncated political career, including one of the former president’s biggest allies (and fellow Florida resident), Congressman Matt Gaetz.
One of former President Trump’s top supporters in the House of Representatives is targeting one of Trump’s biggest House GOP critics.
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is heading to House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney’s home state of Wyoming on Thursday, where he’ll hold an event outside the state capitol in Cheyenne.
Cheney, the number three House Republican in leadership, has been pilloried by some of her GOP colleagues in the chamber for voting to impeach Trump earlier this month. Cheney, a vocal Republican critic of Trump’s foreign policy during his tenure in the White House and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was the most high profile of the 10 Republicans who joined all 222 House Democrats in voting to impeach the president. The vast majority of House Republicans – 197 of the 211 in the chamber, voted against impeachment.
Taking to Twitter over the weekend, Gaetz denied that he was seeking Cheney’s leadership position.
“I do not want her job. I unequivocally am not seeking a position in House Leadership. I also know Wyoming can do better,” he tweeted.
I do not want her job. I unequivocally am not seeking a position in House Leadership.
I also know Wyoming can do better. https://t.co/6tQc3ZT54X
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 23, 2021
“By embracing the language and the arguments of the radical left instead of the America First movement, Liz Cheney is spitting into the eyes of tens of millions of Americans,” Gaetz said last week as he tweeted out a video clip of his interview on Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
Donald Trump Jr. said he wanted in on the action too. “Can’t join in person, but can I Skype in or call?” he responded.
Here’s the thing: It’s okay for Republicans to disagree, especially since Democrats are the real cultists as evidenced by their groupthink and the fact that they vote as a bloc, seldom expressing any dissent from the ‘party line.’
But a vote to impeach a president over a blatant lie, especially when it makes him the only president to be impeached twice and especially as he’s already on his way out the door, is not ‘voting conscience’ but voting ‘establishment.’
Wyoming’s voters should show Cheney the door; her Republican Party doesn’t exist anymore. It’s Trump’s party now.