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Liz Cheney’s plan to purge Donald Trump from the Republican Party backfired.
Everyone was waiting for the response from Trump and his supporters,.
And all hell broke loose when Donald Trump got one big piece of revenge on Liz Cheney.
As Black Eye Politics reports:
Liz Cheney is the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.
Not only did Liz Cheney betray her conference and her voters by supporting impeachment, but she gave aid and comfort to the Democrats by issuing a blistering statement essentially calling Donald Trump a terrorist for his speech at a January 6 rally that preceded a riot at the Capitol.
Right after that double-cross, conservatives in the House—Trump allies such as Montana’s Matt Rosendale, Florida’s Matt Gaetz and Ohio’s Jim Jordan—began to circulate a petition calling on leadership to hold a vote on removing Cheney from her post.
Gaetz claimed over 100 members of the conference signed the petition and were ready to dump Cheney.
Trump also lobbied Republicans to remove the disloyal RINO Liz Cheney from her leadership position.
This all came to a head during a GOP conference meeting where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy allowed for a vote on Cheney’s future as House Republican Conference Chair.
Before the vote Cheney refused to apologize for her vote, the smears she used to attack Donald Trump or for how Democrats exploited her words to attack Republicans that defended the Constitution and the President by rejecting impeachment.
“I think it is truly important that we not become the party that outlaws conscience,” Cheney told the conference. “Several members have asked me to apologize for the vote, they’ve asked my colleagues who also voted to impeach to apologize for the vote. I owe you honesty, I owe you the truth, I cannot do that. It was a vote of conscience. It was a vote of principle—a principle on which I stand and still believe. Some people have said I should apologize for my statement or for the timing or for the content of it, and I tell you again, I cannot do that. I believe that my oath, I believe that all of our oaths, is more important than politics or partisanship or political pressure.”
Cheney prevailed on the vote 145-61 with one abstention—which was likely Cheney—on the secret ballot vote and the GOP RINO establishment hailed the victory.
But Cheney’s strength was always in the swamp.
On a secret ballot, establishment RINOs would feel free to cast their lot with Cheney if they did not have to attach their name to their act of disloyalty to Donald Trump and his voters.
However, this was the easy battlefront Cheney had to fight on to save her political career.
Out in the broader Republican Party, the voters do not stand with Liz Cheney.
An Axios/Survey Monkey poll found Cheney’s favorability numbers with Republicans were underwater by 28 points.
Trump campaign pollster John McLaughlin commissioned a survey that showed 73 percent of Wyoming Republicans viewed her unfavorably and also found her trailing primary challenger state Senator Anthony Bouchard by 30 points.
“Liz Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach President Trump makes her extremely vulnerable,” McLaughlin wrote of his polls’ findings. “It is evident her ratings are in bad shape among general election voters and have collapsed among Republicans and Trump voters.”
Liz Cheney may have won the initial skirmish in the tug of war between the establishment and the Trump base.
But that fight was waged on her turf.
The endgame will take place on far more hostile terrain.