Liz Cheney has infuriated her party before and survived. Now she’s in for her biggest fight yet.

Liz Cheney April 2021

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Rep. Liz Cheney is in a familiar place: A whole bunch of her fellow Republicans are mad at her.

It’s not her first brush with intra-party controversy. Years before, she launched primary challenges, feuded with her family over gay marriage, and ruffled conservative feathers for some of her positions on how the US should handle terrorists.

But this time, the fight is shaping up to be more brutal than ever before.

She’s become a pariah to the faction of the party still loyal to former President Donald Trump for her vote to impeach him in January, with members of her own caucus pushing for her ouster. She also questioned Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and criticized QAnon’s creep into the Republican Party.

The heat has ramped up in recent weeks as Trump maintains a tight grip on the Republican Party.

“I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy on a hot mic, Axios reported May 4. That was just before McCarthy conducted a live interview with Doocy where he was more measured in his public statements about Cheney.

Cheney has so far shown no sign of backing down and has continued her criticism of Trump.

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” she tweeted May 3. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”

The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.

— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021

 

Cheney’s profile rose this year when she stepped out in front of the moving Trump train and went as far as calling on fellow Republicans to stop embracing the former president. The House Democratic impeachment managers repeatedly quoted Cheney during their Senate trial earlier this year, throwing her words criticizing the ex-president right back at Senate Republicans who would go on to acquit him.

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A person close to the congresswoman told Insider that when Cheney stepped into the breach, she prioritized her constitutional oath over partisanship.

But the heat from her colleagues came quickly. The Wyoming GOP censured the 54-year-old after she was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. And 61 of her colleagues recently voted — unsuccessfully — to remove her from leadership.

“There was a vacuum that needed to be filled, but there weren’t a lot of people that were willing to stand up and fill it,” said Doug Heye, a Republican communications strategist and veteran of the George W. Bush administration.

He added that he believed she was “strategically laying out a map, politically, for the future.”

Although the 2022 primary that will decide her electoral fate is a year and a half away, Cheney has already attracted …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Politics

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