When House Democrats rushed to impeach President Donald Trump last week over his alleged incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building, they were joined by a small contingent of ten Republicans led by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), chair of the House Republican Conference and member of the House GOP leadership team.
But while Cheney’s support for impeaching Trump earned her plaudits from Democrats and the media, it resulted in a formal censure from her fellow Republicans in Wyoming along with calls for her resignation and vows of future primary challenges, The Washington Times reported.
The 45-member Central Committee of the Carbon County Republican Party voted unanimously Saturday to formally censure Rep. Cheney — the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sole representative of Wyoming in the House — in response to her vote in support of impeaching President Trump.
The unanimous resolution noted that the “overwhelming majority of the electorate” in the state had voted to re-elect Trump, shared his doubts about the overall integrity of the election, and continued to strongly support him — stances that were obviously not shared by Cheney.
It went on to chastise Cheney for supporting a rushed impeachment effort that featured no formal hearings or presentation of evidence, much less any sort of due process or opportunity for the president to defend or explain himself.
Given all of that, in conjunction with Cheney’s failure to represent the will of her own constituents, the committee formally censured her and called for her to appear in-person at a meeting to justify her actions.
Constituents are angry and frustrated
Fox News reported that the censure from the central committee in Carbon County followed on the heels of a condemnatory message issued by the Wyoming Republican Party in the immediate wake of Cheney’s vote in support of impeachment last week.
In the statement, the Wyoming GOP shared a number of complaints from outraged constituents, noting, “There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received.”
Several of the most common and prominent complaints were listed in the statement — many of which were echoed in the committee’s resolution — and the state party concluded, “We as a Party respect our elected officials and assume that they will respect and represent their constituents. We are receiving the message loud and clear that what happened yesterday is a true travesty for Wyoming and the country.”
Not a good move
Ironically, The Washington Times reported separately that as Rep. Cheney’s support is essentially crumbling at home and her future political career in Wyoming is now in doubt, the congresswoman finds herself elevated by Democrats and the media as the new face of the NeverTrump establishment and a potential leader of the post-Trump Republican Party.
Unfortunately for Cheney, the support mustered by her fellow Trump-haters inside the D.C. beltway political establishment amounts to exactly nothing if she doesn’t also have support from the constituents back home in Wyoming whom she purports to represent in Congress.
As both the resolution and statement made clear, her constituents aren’t happy, and it’s a pretty safe bet that Cheney will be facing a serious primary challenge when the next election cycle rolls around.