Liz Cheney, the Republican from Wyoming who voted to impeach Donald Trump, is under fire from members of her own party after her tweet that the former president did not unfairly lose the election. The spit illustrates the split between Republicans loyal to Trump and those willing to criticize the former president.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney tweeted. “Anyone who claims this is the case is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system.
Cheney, the third-longest serving member of the GOP House leadership, has come under heavy criticism from fellow Republicans in recent months for pushing back on Trump’s absurd claims that the election was stolen and for his impeachment vote .
Trump’s representatives in Congress have pushed for Cheney, the Speaker of the House Republican Conference, to be removed from this powerful post, which could be achieved if House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy calls for a vote on Cheney’s future. Shortly after her vote to impeach Trump, the Wyoming GOP also voted to censor her.
Some Republicans, however, have come to Cheney’s defense. “Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience, and she did what she thought was right, and I salute her for that,” Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on CNN over the weekend.
Tension between the more extreme and less extreme members of the Republican Party has increased in recent days, after Cheney – a member of the latter group – said those who supported Trump-backed challenges to the certification of the election of 2020 should be disqualified to become the 2024 Republican candidate.
Cheney’s latest refusal to lie is unlikely to go well. Politico reported Monday morning that there was “a coordinated effort by Kevin McCarthy to box [Cheney] outside “.