Fox News reports that the House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump – following the January 6th Capitol riot – are almost all facing primary challenges.
In fact, nine out of those ten Republicans are being primaried.
This includes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), and Rep. John Katko (R-NY).
Each of these individuals voted to impeach Trump, and now they are going to have to face the consequences of their choice.
The biggest name on this list, of course, is Cheney. She has already been feeling the heat for voting to impeach Trump, having recently been ousted as the head of the House Republican Conference chair. Reports indicate that Cheney is going to face, at a minimum, eight primary challengers looking to replace her.
Most of these representatives are similarly facing multiple challengers. Rice, for example, is facing at least three different challengers; Herrera Beutler is facing at least four challengers; Newhouse is facing at least three challengers; and so on.
The challengers, of course, have a pretty easy campaign to run. The same, however, cannot be said for the incumbents.
The likes of Cheney have been going around trying to convince people that the only way that the Republican Party can survive is by moving in the opposite direction of Trump. The problem is that Trump and especially Trump’s policies remain extremely popular with Republican Americans.
This all appears to be unfolding exactly the way Trump said that it would unfold. Since leaving office, he has vowed to make sure that every anti-Trump Republican who is up for re-election has at least one pro-Trump challenger.
Trump, on numerous occasions, has said to “get rid” of all Republicans who voted to impeach him.
“Instead of attacking me and, more importantly, the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy in opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats,” Trump said.
Thus far, though, Trump has only endorsed one of the primary challengers.