Liz Cheney is not a profile in courage, you guys. I’m not saying that to call out anyone specifically. It’s a general note: Liz Cheney doesn’t get a damn cookie because she’s in touch with reality. We’re setting the bar too low if we’re handing out cookies to Congressional Republicans who understand that Donald Trump literally sent his death-cult to violently murder all of them. Political self-preservation shouldn’t be seen as courageous.
When the House voted to impeach Donald Trump, Rep. Liz Cheney – the daughter of Dick Cheney – was one of the few Republican representatives to vote to impeach. She’s been getting sh-t about it ever since. First, House QOP had an internal meeting about whether or not to strip CHENEY of her committee placements. It was the same meeting where they gave Marjorie Taylor Greene a standing ovation. Cheney gets to keep her committees though. Then the Wyoming QOP censured Cheney about her impeachment vote. Because that’s where the Republican Party is now – it is synonymous with the Trump Death Cult. They are the same thing. Now Axios reports that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) told Cheney that she should apologize for her vote:
Kevin McCarthy tried to get Liz Cheney to apologize for how she handled her vote to impeach former President Trump before last week’s highly anticipated House GOP conference meeting — a request she refused, two people with direct knowledge told Axios. Cheney rolled the dice, refusing her leader’s ask and counting on her supporters to keep her as conference chair, the party’s No. 3 post in the House. Newly empowered, she’s now embracing her role as the Republicans’ Trump critic-in-chief.
McCarthy, who hesitated in the first place about holding a vote to oust Cheney, told her privately hours before Wednesday’s caucus meeting that their members wanted to hear her say she was sorry. He also suggested it could sway some of her opponents. Cheney’s team, though, did a whip count, and she was confident she’d secure at least 142 votes, the sources said.
Inside the room: “Several members have asked me to apologize for the vote, they’ve asked my colleagues who also voted to impeach to apologize for the vote,” Cheney (R-Wyo.) told her colleagues. “I cannot do that. It was a vote of conscience. It was a vote of principle — a principle on which I stand and still believe.”
Toward the end of last week’s four-plus hour meeting, Cheney and members of the House Freedom Caucus demanded — for opposite reasons — that the conference take a vote. She ended up winning 145-61.
Axios goes on to point out that Cheney is now raising money off her maverick stand… a stand that Donald Trump is a terrorist who committed impeachable offenses. Again, not a profile in courage, especially since she’ll still be voting in lockstep with the Freedom Caucus/Suicide Caucus probably 99% of the time. Sure, Cheney did the right thing (once), but she’s also showing that it was a political branding choice.
Cheney is also becoming the self-appointed truth-teller to congressional Republicans – she hasn’t backed down from her position that Trump is awful and he doesn’t represent the future of the party. Yeah, most of the Republican caucus doesn’t agree with that. Oh, and now Don Trump Jr. wants to carpetbag his way into Wyoming and primary Cheney. So that’s something to look forward to.
Cheney says she talked to officer Sicknick's mother this week. More: "the single greatest threat to our public is a president who would put his own self-interest above the constitution, above the national interest." pic.twitter.com/qTJkViqSna
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) February 7, 2021
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