Freedom Caucus Chairman Wants Liz Cheney to Resign After Impeachment Call
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has been carefully riding the fence on President Trump since the beginning of both of their terms in office. She hasn’t exactly joined the likes of Mitt Romney and Adam Kinzinger in attacking the president with all the fervor of a frothing Democrat, but she’s made it clear time and again that she’s no blind supporter. Even so, it was a bit of a shock on Tuesday when Cheney became the highest-profile Republican yet to say that she would absolutely vote to impeach Trump for his role in “inciting” the Capitol riot.
“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Cheney said in a statement.
“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough,” she continued. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the 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. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
She concluded: “I will vote to impeach the President.”
Hailed as a hero by Democrats and the left-wing media, Cheney’s push for impeachment was not so popular on her own side of the aisle. In an interview with Fox News, Rep. Andy Biggs, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that Cheney should resign her leadership post for this transgression against the conservative cause.
“I don’t think she should be the chair of the Republican conference anymore,” he said. “The reality is she’s not representing the conference; she’s not representing the Republican ideals. She’s out there advocating for others to join her in impeachment — that is wrong, and I think she should resign. And I’m not alone in that sentiment.”
Indeed not. Biggs was joined by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), who released a terse statement criticizing Cheney’s impeachment push.
“When Rep. Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters,” said Rosendale. “She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”
Republicans like Cheney (and she’s far from alone) seem to believe that once they “get rid” of Trump, they can go back to the usual RINO business of losing to Democrats and making promises to voters that they have no intention of keeping. They seem to believe that conservative voters have been in a kind of hypnosis for four or five years that will break the moment Trump is out of sight and out of mind.
We’ll see about that.