Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney is in the news after being verbally attacked and criticized by GOP colleagues for supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci, backing a primary opponent of a colleague, and not being supportive enough of President Trump.
Cheney took the attacks and criticisms in stride and defended herself against Congressman Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, Thomas Massie, Matt Gaetz, Chip Roy, and others strongly.
While Gaetz, Senator Rand Paul, Donald Trump Jr., and a few others have demanded on Cheney to step down from her role as chair of the House Republican Conference, others have piled on by calling her disloyal.
Cheney has criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus and some foreign policy decisions, but she does vote in line with Trump 97% of the time, according to data from FiveThirtyEight.
Since the grievances have gone public Cheney took to Fox News in an attempt to calm things publicly.
“I’m very confident that we will come together on the big issues that matter the most come November,” Cheney, who is from Wyoming, told “Fox & Friends.”
The congresswoman said Republicans don’t believe in “cancel culture” the way Democrats do and, “…it’s a healthy thing for us to have those kinds of debates and discussions. I’m sure we’ll have more as things go along, but, the fundamental point here is that we’re unified in making sure that President Trump is reelected in November, that Nancy Pelosi is no longer speaker, that we take back the majority in the House and that we ensure that we hold the majority in the Senate.”
It’s difficult, however, to understand how Cheney believes her and her colleagues will be able to move past this all that easily, or quickly, when these are the things that have been said about and to her.
“I don’t think she’s good for the country. I mean she tries to sabotage everything he (President Trump) tries to do in foreign policy, so I don’t know whether she’s a good advocate for the President or not.” – Senator Rand Paul
Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda.
House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair.
Liz Cheney should step down or be removed. #MAGA
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) July 21, 2020
What seems apparent is GOP colleagues ambushed Cheney in an attempt to cast her as disloyal and not good for the party, likely hoping to prevent her from rising in the leadership ranks in a post-Trump world. The battle for the future of the GOP has already begun.