Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) continues to shoot herself in the foot, politically speaking, as she solidifies her position as an establishment Republican with not only zero interest in embracing former President Donald Trump as a Republican party kingmaker, but also no qualms about launching attacks on the 45th president.
According to Breitbart, Cheney’s future in her current position as the No. 3 Republican in the lower chamber is at stake, with a growing number of pro-Trump GOP lawmakers reportedly eyeing up the possibility of ousting the Wyoming legislator from her leadership spot sooner than later.
What’s going on?
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, who is closely aligned with other top Republican House leaders like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), recently called into question whether Cheney should retain her top leadership position.
Cheney, who has been vocal about her criticism of the former president at a time when Republicans should be working to bring the party together, recently clashed with McCarthy at a Republican leadership retreat in Florida, with Cheney fighting to distance the GOP from Trump and McCarthy taking a firm, pro-Trump stance.
“If you’re sitting here at a retreat that’s focused on policy, focused on the future of making American [sic] next-century, and you’re talking about something else, you’re not being productive,” McCarthy reportedly told Axios.
Banks was said to have told the outlet that Cheney’s criticism of the former president is “an unwelcome distraction,” while Scalise said in a Friday interview with Axios: “This idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are, and, frankly, he has a lot to offer still.”
Banks would go on to express doubt about whether Cheney should retain her top spot in the House, saying that ideally, other Republican leaders would like “to see her join the team, be on the same team, same mission, the same focus. And at this point, that’s what many of us are questioning,” Banks said.
Ousted “by month’s end”
Contempt for Cheney’s vision of a Trump-free GOP heading into the 2022 midterms is growing, with Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) tweeting a stunning prediction on Saturday that he believes Cheney will lose her leadership role by the end of May, according to Breitbart.
Liz Cheney has promised she will campaign on impeaching Trump ‘every day of the week.’
Good luck with that, Liz!
PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) May 1, 2021
The boiling tensions come in the wake of a statement from the former president last week. According to the Washington Examiner, Trump blasted Cheney, calling her a “warmongering fool,” a comment that came on the heels of Cheney hinting that she’s not ruling out a 2024 presidential run, even if Trump is in the race.
“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race,” the ex-president wrote. “Based on all polling, there is no way she can win. She’ll either be yet another lobbyist or maybe embarrass her family by running for President, in order to save face.”
Only time will tell if Cheney is ultimately booted from her top House leadership position, but if she wants any hope at gaining support from Republicans leading into the 2022 midterm elections and beyond, she should probably consider toning down her anti-Trump rhetoric.