It seems clear at this point that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has no intention of holding Rep. Liz Cheney accountable for her anti-GOP vote to impeach President Donald Trump, but Republicans in Wyoming aren’t waiting for the elites of the party in Washington to take action. This week, the Republican Party Central Committee in Cheney’s district votes to censure the lawmaker, accusing her of going rogue at the very time her party and country needed her.
“The censure resolution passed in a unanimous vote by the 45-member central committee,” reported the Washington Times. “It included a demand that Ms. Cheney appear before the committee to explain her actions.”
Carbon County GOP Chairman Joey Correnti said simply: “Our representative did not represent our voice.”
Cheney’s vote wasn’t just condemned in Carbon County; the state Republican Party also came down hard on her for betraying the conservative cause.
“The wind in Wyoming has been horrendous today—with gusts up to 65 miles per hour. That is nothing compared to the whirlwind created by Representative Cheney’s announcement that she would be voting to impeach President Trump, and her subsequent follow-through of doing just that,” the Wyoming Republican Party said in a statement.
“There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received. Our telephone has not stopped ringing, our email is filling up, and our website has seen more traffic than at any previous time. The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions,” the statement continued.
While Cheney is clearly out of step with Republicans from her home state (to say nothing of the vast majority of Republicans in the House), it’s not so obvious whether she’s out of step with the party’s leadership in Washington. After all, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to be “pleased” that impeachment is moving forward.
And on Tuesday, McConnell said, “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on, we stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation.”
We’re sure these Establishment types would love to cast Trump off into history and move on without him, and that’s certainly an option available to them.
We just hope they understand they’ll be moving on without millions of his supporters.