The rift in the Republican Party grew to new divides in the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, with some GOP lawmakers using the opportunity to signal a clear break with former President Donald Trump.
One of those Republicans was Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), who faced heavy backlash over her vote to impeach the now-former president from tens of millions of Trump’s supporters — including those in her home state of Wyoming. In fact, the fallout was so severe that the Wyoming GOP voted to formally censure Cheney for her actions post-Capitol riot, even demanding that she resign from her position, according to the Daily Wire.
As Politico reported, the Wyoming Republican Party took a formal vote on Saturday on whether to formally censure Cheney.
A staggering 66 out of 74 Republicans present voted in favor of slapping her with a censure, which is definitely not something any politician wants on their political resume.
The Republicans who voted in favor of the censure made clear why, writing in a statement that Cheney “violated the trust of her voters, failed to faithfully represent a very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters and neglected her duty to represent the party,” as Politico reported.
The censure vote came just a week after she faced similar disciplinary action on Capitol Hill; just last week, Cheney’s GOP colleagues in the House Republican Conference held a vote on whether to strip her of her leadership role in the prestigious conference.
She received more support there than she did in her home state, with 145 Republicans voting in favor of letting her remain in her leadership position and only 61 voting to oust her, according to the Daily Wire.
While she may be at odds with half of the party, Cheney is also not one to back down from criticism, and she made that clear over the weekend in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
According to Politico, Cheney told the Fox host that it’s important for viewers to understand the context of the censure letter, asserting that it contains false information about who was behind the attacks on the Capitol last month.
“I think you have to read the language of the censure, partly,” Cheney reportedly said. “I think, you know, that people in the party are mistaken. They believe that [Black Lives Matter] and Antifa were behind what happened here at the Capitol. It’s just simply not the case. It’s not true. And we’re going to have a lot of work we have to do. People have been lied to.”
The Wyoming Republican then made clear that she believes Trump is guilty of “inciting an insurrection,” the single article of impeachment that House Democrats charged him with last month following the Capitol riot.
“If you’re a senator, you have a responsibility to be a juror and I think that’s very important, but I obviously believe — and did then — that what we already know is enough for his impeachment. What we already know does constitute the greatest violation of his oath of office by any president in the history of this country,” Cheney said, according to Politico.