Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a prominent member of the NeverTrumper political establishment, acted upon her hatred of President Donald Trump by leading nine other House Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with Democrats in favor of impeachment.
That decision could prove politically costly for Cheney, both back home with constituents as well as in D.C. with most of her fellow House Republicans, more than half of whom are ready to see her removed from her leadership role as chair of the House GOP Conference, Breitbart reported.
Support grows to remove Cheney
In the wake of Cheney’s comments and vote in support of impeaching Trump a second time, other House Republicans launched a movement to hold a vote of “no confidence” in her leadership and have her removed from the conference chair.
According to a reporter for The Hill, Juliegrace Brufke, an unnamed senior Republican aide informed her Tuesday that at least 115 members of the GOP caucus had signed on in support of the effort to hold Cheney accountable for her impeachment vote.
That report from Brufke was independently confirmed by another unnamed senior aide, who added that the prevailing hope among the Republicans was that the pressure on Cheney would be sufficient to compel her to voluntarily step aside instead of forcing a potentially embarrassing vote.
GOP caucus split
Cheney voluntarily stepping aside seems unlikely at this point, particularly in light of a prior report from Brufke in The Hill that quoted the congresswoman telling reporters last week, “I’m not going anywhere,” and defending her vote for impeachment as being one “of conscience” that others were free to disagree with.
That report had also alluded to the growing split within the House GOP caucus regarding Cheney, her vote, and her continued presence in a leadership role. It noted that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has voiced his opposition to the effort to oust Cheney — but he also hasn’t come out and vigorously defended her.
Meanwhile, in the event that a “no confidence” vote is eventually held and Cheney is pushed out of the conference chair, two names have been floated as potential replacements, both Republicans from New York who were strong supporters of President Trump, Reps. Lee Zeldin and Elise Stefanik.
Growing trouble in Wyoming
Of course, Cheney faces potentially bigger problems back home in Wyoming, according to Breitbart.
Immediately after she voted in favor of impeachment, the Wyoming Republican Party issued a statement of condemnation that included a variety of incensed complaints from the congresswoman’s constituents.
She was also formally and unanimously censured by the 45-member central committee of the Carbon County GOP in Wyoming for having “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 and the will of the people who elected her to represent them.”
Fox News reported Wednesday that Cheney, just weeks into the current term, is already facing at least one primary challenger for the 2022 election, a Trump-supporting Republican state senator named Anthony Bouchard, who posted on social media at the time of Cheney’s vote, “I expect Never Trumpers to do this stuff. But Cheney should be run out of town, and back to Virginia for joining the blame game!”