‘Very disappointing’: Crenshaw pushes back against ousting Liz Cheney from leadership role, douses her with praise

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw earned a wave of blistering backlash after he came to the defense of GOP colleague Liz Cheney after she voiced her support for impeaching President Donald Trump.

The Texas Republican, longtime staunch Trump ally, raised eyebrows and ire on Wednesday when he clapped back at those demanding Cheney resign from her leadership position as the chair of the House Republican Conference. Crenshaw defended the Wyoming congresswoman and was essentially destroyed on social media.

Crenshaw’s tweet backing Cheney came after she reportedly fired back at critics calling for her resignation.

House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Andy Biggs had called for Cheney to step down because she was not representing “Republican ideals” and the GOP conference. Others strongly agreed with the Arizona Republican and demanded the third-ranking GOP House member step down after she blamed Trump for the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol last week.

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“The President of the United States summoned this mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not,” Cheney said in a statement Tuesday. “I will vote to impeach the President.”

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney then told a Politico reporter, when asked about the clamoring for her resignation, that she was “not going anywhere.”

“This is a vote of conscience. It’s one where there are different views in our conference. But our nation is facing an unprecedented, since the civil war, a constitutional crisis. That’s what we need to be focused on. That’s where our efforts and attention need to be,” she said.

Crenshaw appeared to commit political suicide as he stuck out his neck to defend Cheney, who joined nine other Republicans and voted to impeach the president on Wednesday.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” he tweeted Wednesday.

“She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing eachother apart,” the former Navy SEAL added.

His Republican colleague Rep. Matt Gaetz begged to differ.

“With all due respect to Rep. Crenshaw, this is a minority view within the minority party,” the Florida lawmaker noted.

Crenshaw voted against the second impeachment of the president though he still claimed Trump “bears enormous responsibility” for the actions of others. The Texas lawmaker voted by proxy on Wednesday though last year, he slammed proxy voting as “cowardly.”

Crenshaw’s name was soon trending on Twitter where he was raked over the coals for his comments about Cheney.

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