Despite being the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) sparked widespread backlash within the party for denouncing former President Donald Trump.
After Trump's lies regarding the 2020 election prompted a mob of his extremist supporters to storm the United States Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people, Cheney said in a statement that Trump "summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack."
She then became one of only 10 House Republicans to join all House Democrats in voting to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection.
The consequences were almost immediate. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went to Cheney's district to denounce her, and she was censured by her home state's Republican party. Growing calls from pro-Trump representatives to remove her as the Republican Conference Leader resulted in a secret vote that ended with allowing Cheney to keep her position.
Cheney isn't backing down in her criticism of Trump.
Trump delivered a speech at Mar-a-Lago this past weekend where he once again pushed the lie that widespread voter fraud orchestrated by Democrats "stole" the election from him. He once again slammed former Vice President Mike Pence for not unilaterally throwing out the electoral votes of swing states Trump lost, despite Pence not having the power to do so.
Cheney took Trump to task for the comments in an interview with Meet the Press.
VIDEO: Liz Cheney talks on CBS about Trump's speech Saturday at Mar-a-Lago www.youtube.com
"The former president is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on January 6th. As a party, we need to be focused on the future. We need to be focused on embracing the Constitution — not embracing insurrection."
Cheney's call for the Republican party to "embrace the Constitution, not embracing insurrection" was a sadly fitting slogan for today's GOP.
She is correct. It is not defending the Constitution to attack the rule of law. https://t.co/1EvjWUEQ5v— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman)1618156394.0
@RepLizCheney Speaks the truth. On this one thing we can agree. https://t.co/3bbsNbiJqK— Ardy B. 😎 (@Ardy B. 😎)1618183456.0
Whoever thought Liz Chaney would be the voice of reason for the GOP? The problem is, they won't listen. https://t.co/AxqlVLt6Pb— Agolf Twitler Slayer (@Agolf Twitler Slayer)1618171538.0
There is no future for the Republican Party of it includes ANYTHING with traitor Trump and his band of complicit co… https://t.co/99mDoZB0GH— Cheezy3825 🇺🇸 (@Cheezy3825 🇺🇸)1618187317.0
The GOP bar is so low Liz Cheney is praised for saying insurrection and trafficking are bad.… https://t.co/FdmEIw8Y4E— Star (@Star)1618186170.0
We cannot let the @GOP forget what led up to Insurrection Day & continue to use the same language. They all need vo… https://t.co/Q1PIPPG9Xd— @Limon33 (@@Limon33)1618160832.0
Like clockwork, pro-Trump Republicans sounded off against her
All Liz Cheney does is go on national TV and dunk on other Republicans Remove her from leadership @GOPLeader https://t.co/Y9kSkkYhvl— Will Chamberlain (@Will Chamberlain)1618169570.0
She needs to start embracing a future outside of the House. . . https://t.co/geboPzgzwc— Ned Ryun (@Ned Ryun)1618170795.0
It’s a bad look when your role in the GOP is going on leftist news shows to attack fellow Republicans for the advan… https://t.co/hN7qDNsQ4X— Buck Sexton (@Buck Sexton)1618171044.0
Constitution, not insurrection, indeed.