Local officials of the Wyoming Republican Party have announced they will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a party member because of her vote to impeach Donald Trump.
Liz Cheney is paying the price for standing on her principles and daring to speak the truth about the damage done to America by the words and actions of Donald Trump following the 2020 election. It began when she was relieved of her position as House Republican Conference Chair — proof of Trump’s bought and paid for ownership of the party — and recently led to an effort by Trump sycophants in Wyoming to censure her (via AP News):
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Some local Republican Party officials in Wyoming have announced they will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a party member because of her vote to impeach Donald Trump.
“In the immortal words of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump …‘You’re Fired!’” read recent letters to Cheney from GOP officials in Park and Carbon counties.
Wyoming has 23 mainly rural counties and the officials in Park and Carbon counties voted unanimously over the last week in favor of the latest form of censure against Cheney.
In February, the state GOP voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
In May, Republicans in Washington, D.C., voted to remove Cheney from her No. 3 House GOP leadership position after she maintained criticism of Trump for the riot and for his baseless assertions that voter fraud deprived him of re-election.
The Wyoming votes are largely symbolic. The Republican Party can withdraw or withhold support from GOP officeholders and candidates in a variety of ways but can’t oust anybody from the party. (emphasis mine)
Since we’re quoting the “immortal words” of Donald J. Trump, allow me to include a few of my favorites (in no particular order):
- On gun rights: “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
- On checks and balances: “It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”
- On Freedom of the Press: “The FAKE NEWS media … is the enemy of the American People.”
- On his power as president: “Then, I have an Article II, where I have to the right to do whatever I want as president.” (Article II contains no such power nor does it exist anywhere else in the Constitution)
Trump and the Wyoming Republican Party have targeted Liz Cheney for voting to impeach the former president for instigating the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, and because she refused to promote his “Big Lie” conspiracy theory about the 2020 election.
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
Trump endorsed Representative Elise Stefanik, a so-called “conservative” Republican, to replace Cheney as the party’s #3 Republican, because she’s a Trumpist while Cheney is not:
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership
“We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement, and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!” (emphasis mine)
Stefanik’s Trumpist bona fides were established when she served as a member of Trump’s impeachment defense team. And after the 2020 election, she supported an objection to accepting Electoral College votes for Biden from one state: Pennsylvania — she lost her her gig as a Harvard University advisory committee following this vote.
According to tracking by FiveThirtyEight, Cheney voted in Trump’s favor during his presidency more than Stefanik did: 92.9 percent to 77.7 percent respectively. And at the time of Cheney’s dismissal from her party leadership position, the American Conservative Union gave Stefanik a lifetime rating of 44%, compared to a 78% rating for Cheney, while Heritage Action gave Stefanik a 48% lifetime score compared to 80% lifetime score for Cheney.
By the way, Stefanik was one of just eight Republicans to support the Equality Act in 2019. The Equality Act is the pro-LGBT/anti-religious liberty legislation that makes sexual orientation and transgenderism protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Clearly, Cheney has been targeted for failing to give Trump her undying loyalty; no other reason.
Those of you who read my work or hear me on the radio know that I’m Never Trump/Never GOP, which means I have no love for anyone involved in the Liz Cheney saga. What I do love, however, are conservative values and an adherence to the Constitution; two things Donald Trump and his bought and paid for Republican Party know nothing about.
The Liz Cheney saga is simply the latest example of the complete lack of conservative principles from Republicans who claim to be conservative.
Trump and the faux-conservative Republican Party replaced conservatism with Trumpism and Nationalism, and Republican presidential hopefuls like Ron DeSantis and Josh Hawley have made this “new-conservatism” key to their 2024 aspirations.
We know conservatism has suffered a great deal of damage at the hands of Trump, his bought and paid for Republican Party, the Fellowship of the Pharisees, and the faux-conservative media. Unfortunately, if current trends are any indication, the damage is only going to get worse.
As the Liz Cheney saga plays out in Washington and Wyoming, remember who’s behind these attacks and what their motivations are. Most likely, the attacks will be coming from Trump’s bought and paid for Republican Party, and they will be motivated by a cultish desire to do the bidding of the mango messiah they worship.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.