Following the mayhem caused last week by a violent mob on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump has faced mounting efforts to see him removed from office before the end of his term in the White House.
Now, one of his biggest critics in the GOP is facing her own backlash, as several Republican lawmakers push an effort to see Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WI) resign from her party leadership post, Axios reports.
“Vote of conscience”
Specifically, five House Republicans want Cheney to give up her position as House Republican Conference leader over her vote to impeach Trump along with her rhetoric regarding the president’s supposed role in inciting the violent breach of the Capitol building.
Cheney was one of the 10 GOP members who joined Democrats in the House on Wednesday in voting to impeach the president for a second time. For her part, however, the Wisconsin Republican is taking the intraparty backlash in stride.
According to Newsweek, she called her decision to support impeachment a “vote of conscience,” asserting that she is “not going anywhere” despite the calls for her to resign.
Nevertheless, GOP colleagues who remain closely aligned with the president insist Cheney does not represent the current identity of the party.
That case is at the crux of the effort to oust her by Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), as the Washington Examiner reports.
“Supporting this political witch-hunt”
In Biggs’ assessment, Cheney is “not representing the Republican ideals,” an echo of Greene’s remarks describing her as out of touch.
“She doesn’t represent Republican voters by supporting this political witch-hunt impeachment of President Trump,” Greene said of Cheney. “She is not connected to the base and is voting for a hurtful lie.”
With a vote to impeach the president coming just one week before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the GOP appears deeply divided between Trump loyalists and establishment Republicans.
But Cheney does not appear to be alone among the Republican Party’s top leaders in her desire to see Trump impeached. Reports indicate that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the top Senate Republican, is in favor of the Democratic Party-led action.
Still, Gaetz is among those making it clear that Cheney does not speak for her entire party, declaring: “We see an unprecedented cooperation between big tech, big media and big corporations to silence those of us who believe in the America First agenda. If we’re going to fight back, it cannot be with Liz Cheney as the Republican Conference chair.”