It’s apparent Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) never learned how to read the room, and it’s showing. The anti-Trump lawmaker has come under fire over the past few months for her strange fixation on the former president.
Reports indicate that Cheney is on thin ice as far as her leadership position in Congress is concerned. Republican leaders are seemingly fed up with her antics, so much so that many are concluding she is no longer up to doing her job effectively.
GOP Turning on Cheney?
According to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), at least some members of the Republican Party are doubtful that Cheney can perform her job as conference chair because of her ongoing feud with Donald Trump. During a recent interview on Fox News, McCarthy admitted that party leaders were losing faith in her.
“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message,” he explained. “We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned.”
McCarthy was quick to point out that her plummeting support in the GOP is not related to her vote to impeach Trump a second time for supposedly causing the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol building. He indicated these individuals are “more concerned about the job ability to do and what’s our best step forward, that we can all work together, instead of attacking one another.”
The GOP leader’s remarks come a day after Trump used the phrase “the big lie” to describe the result of the 2020 election. Many on the left have used this phrase to refer to the former president’s claim that the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud.
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Trump insisted on May 3. It took less than an hour for Cheney to strike back. She tweeted: “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
This is not the only time Cheney has slammed Trump. In April, during the House Republicans’ retreat in Orlando, FL, she said Trump would not become the 2024 presidential nominee. Her seeming obsession with the former commander in chief could be putting her leadership position in jeopardy.
The Washington Examiner noted: “Though Cheney defeated the attempt to oust her from leadership in February, her continued criticism of Trump has irked members of her own party and appeared to put her job security as the third-ranking Republican in peril as well.”
Other reports suggest that Cheney’s ouster could come as soon as next week, when the House returns to session. A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that “when you have only so much time, she wants to talk about Trump, not the people who are running the country into the ground.”
Some GOP leaders seem to believe that the party should work with Trump instead of attempting to marginalize him. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA) said: “This idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are, and, frankly, he has a lot to offer still.”
Early Signs of GOP’s Direction?
If Republican lawmakers vote to remove Cheney as conference chair, it won’t be a simple leadership change. Indeed, this move would send a message to GOP voters that they understand what the base wants: a party that is still very much influenced by Donald Trump, who is already flexing his muscles as a kingmaker.
This move is also a sign of a paradigm shift in the conservative movement. Cheney is not only in danger of losing her leadership role but also her constituents might have had enough of her constant yammering on about Trump.
However, this story has deeper connotations, implying that the conservative base continues to distance itself from the neocon establishment that Cheney represents. Trump’s victory in 2016 demonstrated that the right is ready for something new and is still moving in this novel direction. The question is: What will the GOP look like when the transformation is complete?
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