Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) political fortunes are taking a turn for the worse in the weeks since her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump — and she may even be facing removal from office.
The Republican’s poll numbers are tanking in Wyoming, according to Breitbart, as a primary threat develops.
Cheney on the chopping block?
It all comes after Cheney was the leader of 10 House Republicans who joined Democrats to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6 “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol.
Weeks later, the impeachment is faltering in the Senate, with all but five Republican senators calling it unconstitutional as backlash grows against those 10 Republicans in the House, especially Cheney.
A new poll commissioned by Donald Trump’s Save America PAC underscores Cheney’s woes, as Politico reports. She is trailing a potential primary opponent, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, by a margin of double digits, 21% to 54%.
What’s more, roughly 73% of Wyoming Republicans, and 62% of all the state’s voters, view Cheney unfavorably, according to Breitbart, and only 10% of GOP voters, and 13% of all votes, would re-elect her.
“Liz Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach President Trump makes her extremely vulnerable,” Trump pollster John McLaughlin wrote, according to Breitbart. “It is evident her ratings are in bad shape among general election voters and have collapsed among Republicans and Trump voters.”
Anti-Trump Republicans face backlash
Cheney called Trump a traitor in no uncertain terms: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the constitution,” she said, according to Politico.
But Trump remains popular with the Republican base, and signs of his continued influence are plentiful, with Cheney receiving a harsh rebuke from the Wyoming GOP as House Republicans continue calls to boot her from leadership. More than half have suggested they would support the move, Breitbart notes.
The controversy is the focal point of a wider fight over the GOP’s future and Trump’s role in it, with establishment Republicans battling for control with Trump’s populist base. From his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump is said to be lobbying for revenge against Republicans who have turned on him.
One of his strongest supporters in Congress, stalwart “America First” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), stuck closely to the MAGA playbook at a rally in Wyoming’s capital of Cheyenne on Thursday, where he attacked Cheney as a sellout for the globalist establishment.
“Our battle is no longer just Republican vs. Democrat, it’s not just red team versus blue team. Absolutely not — we’ve got to put America first,” he said, according to The Hill.