If Liz Cheney’s Not Down With Trump’s Mob Insurrection, Why Is She Even A Republican?
The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, has censured House Rep. Liz Cheney for her extreme anti-mob position. The censure resolution, which passed unanimously Monday, claimed that Cheney defied "the will of most Wyoming Republican voters," the only ones who matter, when she voted to impeach that one-term loser president Donald Trump last week.
The resolution goes on to claim that a "vocal majority of Wyoming Republicans" believe that there were "significant irregularities" in the 2020 election. There weren't. These people are idiots, but they're gonna build a church on the rock of Trump's Big Lie.
Cheney voted to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, which is a real thing that happened in the real world. She said she wasn't happy about the results but the January 6 session of Congress was “not about President Trump. It's about following the Constitution."
Trump wasn't pleased. During his pre-siege rally, he told tens of thousands of his supporters that “we got to get rid of" Cheney. Gangsters are usually more subtle.
"The censure resolution passed in a unanimous vote by the 45-member central committee." Washington Times: Liz Chen… https://t.co/K1h1lG27U3— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1611016425.0
It's been almost two weeks since Trump incited a mob that attacked the Capitol. Republicans mostly covered for him, but the heat is on the 10 GOP House members who broke ranks and voted to impeach Trump for an act of insurrection. They are considered no better than Democrats or people who don't like it when presidents summon mobs.
Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio, who bemoans liberal "cancel culture," wants to cancel Cheney as GOP Conference Chair because she voted to impeach. You can have a difference of opinion on whether Trump can incite riots — that's healthy debate — but you can't hold him accountable and maintain a leadership position in the party. Montana's new sole Rep. Matt Rosendale claimed Cheney "ignored the preferences of Republican voters," who he apparently thinks are pro-mob, and is "unfit to lead." Maybe Cheney needs to sic a mob on Congress to show she has what it takes.
Almost 70 percent of Wyoming voters supported Trump in 2020, so Cheney had to explain herself (and America's laws against inciting violence) to them during a conference call with reporters after her impeachment vote.
I will continue to talk to and hear from my constituents all over Wyoming. But when it came down to it, the president of the United States inciting a mob ... is, in my mind, absolutely high crimes and misdemeanors.
Cheney also pointed out that Trump "could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence," but failed to do so. This is also true. He watched his homemade snuff film on TV while still trying to overturn the election.
Wyoming Republicans aren't just pissed at Cheney. They have potentially irreconcilable differences with the United States. Republican Party Chair Frank Eathorne, who attended the January 6 pro-Trump rally, isn't sure he wants to live in a nation Trump isn't running into the ground. During a conversation with alleged mail fraudster Steve Bannon, Eathorne floated the idea of secession, which worked so well for everyone the last time.
Many of these Western states have the ability to be self-reliant, and we're keeping eyes on Texas too and their consideration of possible secession. Now, they have a different state constitution than we do as far as wording, but it is something that we're all paying attention to.
Wyoming ranks below every state but Vermont in GDP. It would have to cower behind Idaho against the more prosperous California, Washington, and Oregon, which have a combined population of more than 45 million. Wyoming's population of roughly 560,000 is less than the District of Columbia. The United States also has an Air Force now, so there's not going to be another Civil War, more like a brief slap upside the head.
Republicans in Wyoming need to shut up, accept Trump lost, and — I can't believe I'm saying this — leave Liz Cheney alone.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."