Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming has become a pariah within the Republican party for her opposition to former President Donald Trump, despite voting in line with his agenda more than 90 percent of the time.
After the former President's lies incited a deadly failed insurrection, Cheney announced in a scathing statement that she would vote to impeach him. In the months since, Cheney is one of two Republicans who joined Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riots.
As a result, she's been censured by her state's Republican party and removed from her position as GOP conference chair.
The pushback doesn't seem to be fazing the Congresswoman, judging by a recent tweet directed at Trump himself.
I like Republican presidents who win re-election. https://t.co/ifGDEuA9Jx— Liz Cheney (@Liz Cheney) 1632661720.0
Cheney shared a picture of Republican former President George W. Bush, with the caption "I like Presidents who win re-election," an allusion to Trump's comments about the late Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, who famously spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Trump said of McCain on the 2016 campaign trail:
"He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
Trump was the first incumbent President to lose reelection since W. Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, lost in 1993.
The tweet generated a wave of reactions online.
Shade on a Sunday is gangsta. #andimhereforit https://t.co/oqgflq93Qs— Jonathan Capehart (@Jonathan Capehart) 1632689630.0
I think some Florida voters from 2000 might take issue with your use of “re-election” to describe Bush. https://t.co/ImfuSzzxyI— Pitt The Blogger (@Pitt The Blogger) 1632674266.0
Ha! I get she’s a conservative Republican and not a “friend”, but she certainly has values and ethics that are in l… https://t.co/5W3ACa6jxR— Stephanie Turner (@Stephanie Turner) 1632692611.0
But even critics of Trump criticized Cheney for praising Bush, given the role his administration—and Cheney's own father—played in thrusting the nation into decades of war.
You also like Republican Presidents who’s lies cost us 7,000 dead Americans in wars based on lies. https://t.co/Qundu1Cj9t— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@Joe Kent for WA-3) 1632665543.0
You know your party is lost when favoring a war criminal over an insurrectionist is your example moral certitude an… https://t.co/D8v7SD0Fmt— Prescott Indivisible (@Prescott Indivisible) 1632679861.0
I like republican presidents who don't destabilize the middle east. https://t.co/bYWfDZJOQx— Amjed (@Amjed) 1632668941.0
I like Republican presidents who don’t send a generation of Americans to die in wars based on lies https://t.co/lzQs7vTVOt— Greg Price (@Greg Price) 1632686067.0
Cheney's plummeting popularity in the party signals an uphill battle for reelection in 2022.