While U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) earned some praise from her party’s establishment wing for her vote last month to impeach then-President Donald Trump, she is facing mounting backlash from Republicans in her home state.
According to the Washington Examiner, Cheney was recently censured by GOP representatives in nearly half of Wyoming’s counties.
“No probative evidence for consideration”
Republicans in 10 counties — Carbon, Lincoln, Johnson, Crook, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Hot Springs, Washakie, Freemont, and Albany — have joined in the censure effort thus far.
As part of their argument, the GOP critics say Cheney is ignoring the will of her constituents by leading the charge among Republicans who favored impeachment.
Sweetwater County Republicans wrote that she “voted in an anarchic proceeding” against Trump that “provided no probative evidence for consideration, called no witnesses to testify under oath, [and] permitted no questioning of the accusers by the accused.”
Therefore, the group determined that “Cheney stood in defiance of the quantifiable will of the substantial majority of Wyoming citizens and devalued the political influence of the State of Wyoming.”
Of course, censure does not carry any real penalties and simply serves as an official rebuke. Cheney’s office issued a statement on the development this week.
“The issues that matter most to our state”
“I’m honored to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress and will always fight for the issues that matter most to our state,” she said.
She emphasized “the defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees” as chief among her responsibilities as a congresswoman.
“My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution,” Cheney wrote. “Wyoming citizens know that this oath does not bend or yield to politics or partisanship.”
Even some of her House Republican colleagues have been seeking to force her out of her leadership position in the chamber. Nevertheless, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have continued to express their support for her.
In a statement on Tuesday, McConnell called Cheney “a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them.” The real test of her political resilience will be the outcome of her next election.