Amid reports Liz Cheney mulling WH run, frustration from pro-Trump GOP said to be at ‘a boiling point’

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While Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is reportedly considering running in the 2024 presidential election, a number of her colleagues in Congress are considering going to war with her.

The Hill reported Saturday that pro-Trump Republicans are growing increasingly fed-up with the Wyoming congresswoman and her antics.

“It’s at a boiling point. This isn’t about Liz Cheney wanting to impeach Donald Trump; this isn’t about Donald Trump at all. It’s about Liz Cheney being completely out of sync with the majority of our conference,” one Republican lawmaker who chose to remain anonymous told the outlet.

“As we’re focused on unifying the Republican conference and our mission to win back the majority, she is focused on the past and proving a point. She is alienating herself from the conference, and I have to imagine if she doesn’t resign there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be lopsided in the opposite direction of what it was before.”

Cheney’s antics include giving Democrat President Joe Biden an affectionate fist bump moments after he delivered an address to Congress last Wednesday:

They also include her taking a subtle shot at former President Donald Trump by insinuating in remarks made at the House Republicans’ policy retreat in Florida last Monday that he has no sway over the party.

“I think right now, the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House. I think our elected leaders, you know, are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party,” she said when asked about what role she’d like to see the former president take in the 2022 midterms, according to The Hill.

The virulently anti-Trump lawmaker’s antics also include attacking those of her colleagues who’d exercised their constitutionally guaranteed right to object to the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying,” she said in an interview with the New York Post.

To be clear, it’s not an “unconstitutional charge” to not certify election results.

Last week Cheney also reportedly argued that the proposed Capitol riot commission shouldn’t also look into Black Lives Matter and Antifa (despite them also rioting at the Capitol in times past), “wasn’t very visible” at the conference in Florida and “skipped out on a dinner with guest speaker Ben Shapirio.”

“She was missing in action,” the anonymous Republican lawmaker mentioned earlier told The Hill.

Combined, these antics have some of her colleagues like Texas Rep. Lance Gooden dreaming of her ouster:

Another anonymous Republican lawmaker warned that Republicans may hold another vote to remove her from the House leadership team — and that this time they may very well wind up being successful.

“She may go down in a second vote,” the lawmaker reportedly said.

But the congresswoman does have her backers.

“If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), who like Cheney had voted to impeach Trump in January, said to The Hill.

“Liz isn’t going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She’s going to stand on principle. And if that’s going to be distracting for folks, she’s not the best fit. I wish that weren’t the case.”

It’s not clear what lies her colleagues have told.

But regarding Trump, he too has expressed displeasure over her antics. In a statement issued last Tuesday, he bashed the congresswoman’s interest in potentially running for the White House in 2014.

“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race. Based on all polling, there is no way she can win. She’ll either be yet another lobbyist or maybe embarrass her family by running for President, in order to save face,” he said.

“This warmongering fool wants to stay in the Middle East and Afghanistan for another 19 years, but doesn’t consider the big picture—Russia and China!”

If the former president’s grip on the Republican Party remains firm, as it seems at this point that it will, it’s not clear Cheney will be able to survive a primary challenge come 2022.

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