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The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee has unanimously passed a resolution to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), but will fall short of booting them from the party over defying party leadership.
The vote took place on Thursday and the RNC’s full body is expected to approve the censure on Friday during its winter meeting according to Politico. The media outlet also reported that the resolution takes direct aim at the two Republicans’ involvement in the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.
“This is not about them being anti-Trump,” Harmeet Dhillon, who is a national committee member from California and is one of the sponsors of the resolution, stated. “There are plenty of other people in the party who are anti-Trump whose names don’t appear in the resolution. These two took specific action to defy party leadership.”
The resolution moved forward just hours after former President Trump tore into the select committee, saying, “Why isn’t the corrupt Unselect Committee of political hacks and highly partisan sleazebags in Washington investigating the massive voter fraud and irregularities that took place in the 2020 President Election, rather than spending all of its time investigating those who were protesting its result?”
President Donald J. Trump:
“Why isn’t the corrupt Unselect Committee of political hacks and highly partisan sleazebags in Washington investigating the massive voter fraud and irregularities that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election, rather than spending all of… pic.twitter.com/0P7rmVulFL
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 3, 2022
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also reportedly spoke in support of the resolution. It is said to be a watered-down version of the one proposed by two-time Trump campaign adviser David Bossie at the RNC’s annual meeting this week. His version called for the two Never-Trumpers to be ousted from the House conference altogether.
Kinzinger defiantly declared in response that he is now “even more committed to fighting conspiracies and lies.”
“I’ve been a member of the Republican Party before Donald Trump entered the field,” he proclaimed. “My values and core beliefs remain the same and have not wavered. I’m a conservative who believes in truth, freedom, and upholding the Constitution of the United States.”
My statement on the RNC censure. I am now even more committed to fighting conspiracies and lies: pic.twitter.com/NzKK2s2kkC
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) February 4, 2022
He went on to excoriate the committee for censuring “two lifelong Members of their party for simply upholding their oaths of office” instead of focusing “on how to help the American people.”
“They’ve allowed conspiracies and toxic tribalism hinder their ability to see clear-eyed,” he added. “My efforts will continue to be focused on standing up for the truth and working to fight the political matrix that’s led us to this point.”
Cheney attacked the party’s leadership in a statement, claiming they had “made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy.”
“I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump,” she blustered. “History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.”
“If the price of being willing to tell the truth and get to the bottom of what happened on January 6, and make sure that those who are responsible are held accountable is a censure, then I am absolutely going to continue to stand up for what I knew was right,” Cheney told CNN. “And I think that it is a sad day for the party of Lincoln that that’s where we are.”
The resolution to censure Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger passes with support of almost every corner of the @GOP at the RNC meeting from what I could tell.
Everyone seems to agree that Liz and Adam shouldn’t be calling themselves Republicans taking orders from Democrats.
— Tyler Bowyer 🇺🇸 (@tylerbowyer) February 4, 2022
In response, to the actions taken against Cheney and Kinzinger, CNN political commentator Ana Navarro lashed out, criticizing Republicans and calling them “mean” and the effort futile.
CNN Newsroom host Alisyn Camerota asked, “What does this get them? Because Liz Cheney is not going to be swayed and Adam Kinzinger’s not running for election.”
“It gets them nothing,” Navarro sneered. “It gets them attention. It gets them to get to say, ‘you’re not part of the party.’”
“You know, honestly, it’s like ‘Mean Girls,’ right?” she scoffed. “The RNC has turned into ‘Mean Girls.’ You’re not part of our clique. But it means absolutely nothing. It’ll be the voters of Wyoming who decide about Liz Cheney’s future and I think nobody is going to define who Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger are, other than themselves.”
“And so, this is not about policy, this is not about ideology, this is not about issues,” the leftist pundit concluded. “This is about one thing, Donald Trump, and whether you defend him or not. That is the one purity test that the RNC so many in the Republican party want to impose right now — it’s ridiculous.”
(Video Credit: CNN)
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