Liz Cheney the latest target of Trump loyalists… which is enough to label her ‘voice of reason’ on the left
During an in-person conference between various Republican representatives on Tuesday, Cheney came under fire from her own political party. Sources in the closed meeting reported that Ohio’s Rep. Jim Jordan, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus and one of the president’s more loyal supporters, listed off all the times Cheney has publicly broken ranks with President Donald Trump, including on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his tweeting, as well as on foreign policy.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) reportedly targeted Cheney for endorsing an opponent to Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), whom she was seen speaking with on the House floor following the meeting.
Though Cheney would not directly answer journalists’ questions about comments made to her at the conference, several Republicans went public soon after with their critiques of the congresswoman.
Rep. Matt Gaetz called for her to “step down or be removed” as Chair of the House Republican Conference, while Donald Trump Jr. compared her unfavorably to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), one of the president’s fiercest rivals within the Republican Party.
Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda.House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair. Liz Cheney should step down or be removed. #MAGA— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) July 21, 2020
We already have one Mitt Romney, we don’t need another... we also don’t need the endless wars she advocates for. https://t.co/RDkJDA9UOZ— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 21, 2020
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), one of the more Libertarian-leaning politicians, also targeted Cheney and blasted her for “advocating for endless wars.”
We should all join @realDonaldTrump in advocating to stop our endless wars. Liz Cheney not only wants to stay forever, she’s leading the fight to try to stop him from leaving. Unacceptable. https://t.co/yCS93P3zos— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 21, 2020
Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway reported that Cheney’s comments about the much-derided and questionable New York Times’ report on Russian bounties allegedly being paid for US soldiers’ deaths in the Middle East have also distanced her from her colleagues. Cheney was one of the few Republicans not to criticize the story, but appeared to rather buy into its claims.
FWIW, quite a few people in recent weeks who generally like Cheney -- including those not on the Hill -- were extremely disappointed with how she worked so hard to help the NYT spread its false anti-Trump story about Russia bounties. https://t.co/rM1dbnMI6U— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 21, 2020
If reporting about Russian bounties on US forces is true, the White House must explain: 1. Why weren’t the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB?2. Who did know and when?3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 28, 2020
Comments critiquing Cheney, especially those from Paul, represent an ongoing split in the Republican Party that has only been fueled by Trump, who was elected supporting many policies new to the mainstream sector of the Republican Party. The Freedom Caucus was even formed in 2015 as a response to a party that was quickly changing, with many of its members focusing more on cutting spending, criticizing the authority of federal agencies like the NSA, and advocating against American inverventionalism around the globe. Meanwhile Cheney, who was elected to her position in 2017, holds ideals closer to past presidents like George W. Bush – and to her father, Dick, who served as vice president during that administration.
The congresswoman has often criticized Trump for arguing against American troop involvement in the Middle East, but has praised him on occasion when he’s become more aggressive overseas, like when he ordered the assassination of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani.
Cheney may hold opinions closer to the Republican Party before Trump became a serious contender, but all it takes today to earn praise from the left is a break from the president’s loyal political allies – just ask John Kasich. Despite her foreign policy opinions and support of NSA spying, she found herself praised as a “voice of reason” and for being “on the right side” by the left, following reports about the GOP conference – all because she was simply targeted by Republicans for not supporting Trump enough.
So, trending:Househoulder: OH GOP Speaker arrested for $60 million bribesTom Cotton: Let's declare war on Portland.Yoho: Called AOC a fucking bitch in front of a reporterTucker: Sexism & assault rampant @ fox 'news'Liz Cheney: Has to smack down own party's misogynists.— quizquest🆘 (@quizquest) July 21, 2020
Junior fighting with Liz Cheney is a balm for the soul.— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) July 21, 2020
Liz Cheney is from one of the most, if not the most connected Republican families. If she is taking on her own, they know where this is coming in 105 days, and she is positioning herself on the right side post-historic landslide.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 21, 2020
When a villainous extremist like Liz Cheney is now what counts for the voice of reason within the GOP, it means the party is over:https://t.co/duh9d6Pa1T— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 21, 2020
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