President Donald Trump has faced bipartisan backlash in the days since a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building, with many critics assigning at least some of the blame to his election-related rhetoric.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) chimed in this week with her announcement that she will back a current effort to impeach the president.
“Could have immediately and forcefully intervened”
In a statement on Tuesday, she said that Trump “summoned this mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went on to place the full weight of responsibility for the attack on Trump, declaring: “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”
She concluded with her assertion that there “has never been a greater betrayal” of a president’s oath of office than Trump’s alleged incitement of violence.
Her remarks came as House Democrats advanced one article of impeachment against the president, which members were expected to vote on by the end of the day on Wednesday. As the third-highest ranking Republican in the chamber, her vote will add bipartisan weight to the impeachment effort.
While the Democratic-controlled House is expected to pass its second impeachment attempt against Trump, Cheney is nonetheless part of a small group of GOP members willing to reach across the aisle to vote in favor of the article.
“Doesn’t represent Republican voters”
Most Republicans, even those who have publicly denounced Trump’s rhetoric, have decried another impeachment effort in favor of calls to unify the country.
In any case, 19 Senate Republicans would have to vote to find Trump guilty in order for the subsequent trial to be successful — and most pundits believe that would be a highly unlikely result.
As of Wednesday, CBS News noted that no GOP senator had affirmed he or she will vote for impeachment, with just three considering such a vote and all others declining to respond to the question.
Of course, Cheney is facing opposition from her own party over the growing public condemnation of Trump.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called on Cheney to resign as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, claiming that her colleague “doesn’t represent Republican voters by supporting this political witch-hunt impeachment of President Trump.”