“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck” –
The Wyoming Republican Party voted 31-29 over the weekend to no longer recognize U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP, according to the Associated Press. The news agency reported that the vote by the state party central committee took place Saturday in Buffalo, Wyo., and is the second formal rebuke of Cheney for her criticism of former President Donald Trump — the vote coming after local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.
“Previously mentioned in the resolution of censure, Representative Liz Cheney ‘cast her vote in favor of impeachment without any quantifiable evidence of High Crimes or Misdemeanors,” the resolution stated, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. “As to date, no quantifiable and or undisputed evidence has been offered Representative Liz Cheney to defend her questionable decision.”
Wyoming’s lone representative, Cheney was censured by the state GOP central committee in February for voting to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol. In May, Cheney was stripped of her House Republican leadership role over her repeated criticism of Trump. She responded defiantly to say, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
Cheney is one of two Republican lawmakers handpicked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to sit on her politically motivated Jan. 6 select committee after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled all nominations when Pelosi rejected his top choices, the other being U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. The pair are often referred to as “Pelosi Republicans,” and the speaker was so pleased with Cheney that she elevated her to vice-chair of the committee.
“To further her own personal political agenda, Representative Liz Cheney has not only caused massive disruption, distraction and division within the House Republican Conference, but has also willingly, happily, and energetically joined forces with and proudly pledged allegiance to Democrat Speaker of the House Pelosi, as a means of serving her own personal interests while ignoring the interests, needs and expectations of Wyoming Republicans,” the passed resolution added.
Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler dismissed the move as “laughable,” claiming former President Donald Trump forced the party’s hand.
It’s “laughable” for anybody to suggest Cheney isn’t a “conservative Republican,” Adler told the AP by text message Monday.
“She is bound by her oath to the Constitution. Sadly a portion of the Wyoming GOP leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle and instead allowed themselves to be held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man,” Adler added.
The Star-Tribune was quick to note that Cheney voted 93 percent in favor of Trump’s policies when he was in office, saying that was “a higher percentage than Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and a number of other lawmakers who are seen as staunch Trump allies.
The Never Trump brigade also led a spirited charge in Cheney’s defense, with fellow “Pelosi Republican” Kinzinger doing his part — the GOP congressman from Illinois who thinks of himself as the conscience of the party announced recently that he would not be running for reelection.
I’m sincerely saddened to see this. Sad for the GOP and sad for our country. If Liz Cheney is no longer considered a Republican then what does it mean to be a Republican? Does it mean loyalty to one man and his lie? Is that all? https://t.co/avGzrju3i0
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) November 16, 2021
And by a vote of “everyone on earth-0” they all saw the sad irony of who IS recognized. https://t.co/65cY50kyVY
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) November 16, 2021
Oh for Gods sake, get a grip Wyoming GOP. https://t.co/3AdeiyEUFm
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 16, 2021
We wait 20 years to see a Cheney punished for lying & then the Wyoming GOP punishes one for telling the truth. https://t.co/U7WEmN2knL
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 16, 2021
Yes, the Republican Party is a cult, but here’s the other truth: if Marjorie Taylor Greene was up against Liz Cheney in a Republican Primary anywhere in the country, it wouldn’t be close. It would be Greene, hands down. Right now, there’s no room in this GOP for Liz Cheney. https://t.co/3eHESbpry6
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 16, 2021
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