Whether or not by default or by design, Liz Cheney has develop into the chief of the Republican resistance.
This is probably not a cutting-edge challenge exterior the Beltway hothouse, however it’s develop into a proxy warfare for the social gathering’s future.
Donald Trump has determined that the Wyoming congresswoman is the personification of what ails the GOP—most notably, her all-out opposition to Trump and Trumpism.
And, for good measure, they’re now calling one another liars.
These are two individuals who have been by no means going to be backslapping buddies. Trump ran towards Hillary Clinton in 2016, however he additionally ran towards George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, particularly on Iraq and infinite wars. So he was at all times going to view Liz, who held high State Division posts in her father’s administration, as an excessive amount of of a overseas coverage hard-liner.
Liz Cheney didn’t run towards Trump when she was elected to the Home in 2016, after a disastrous earlier Senate bid. However she turned an outspoken critic after the riot on the Capitol, and was considered one of 10 Home Republicans to vote to question the president—all of the extra exceptional as a result of she is the third-ranking member of the GOP management.
Whether or not she hangs onto that publish is the melodrama of the second, giving political reporters between elections a contest to obsess over. And her new position has scrambled the standard media alliances.
The deepening divide has damage Cheney again dwelling, the place she faces a main subsequent 12 months towards two state lawmakers who’re attempting to enchantment to the Trump base. And from Mar-a-Lago, the previous president has slammed anybody he views as disloyal, similar to calling for Mitch McConnell to get replaced as Senate Republican chief. However whereas McConnell primarily ignores him and Kevin McCarthy brazenly courts him, Cheney is punching again.
On the coronary heart of this internecine warfare is how the nation will view the tragedy that unfolded on Jan. 6.
In interviews and statements, Trump continues to say he was cheated out of a second time period, regardless of the failure of his personal Justice Division and dozens of lawsuits to show any widespread fraud. The opposite facet, largely amongst Democrats and the media, have branded this the Massive Lie.
Within the newest spherical, the forty fifth president tried to applicable that time period, emailing reporters that the final election “shall be, from today forth, generally known as THE BIG LIE!”
That prompted this tweet from Cheney: “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anybody who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their again on the rule of regulation, and poisoning our democratic system.”
Not surprisingly, Trump issued one other assertion hours later, calling her a “big-shot warmonger” and, for good measure, insisting that Wyoming residents “by no means preferred her a lot.”
CNN experiences that Cheney remained adamant at a personal American Enterprise Institute convention on Monday, saying the social gathering can’t swallow the “poison” of arguing the election was rigged.
“We are able to’t whitewash what occurred on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s huge lie. It’s a menace to democracy. What he did on January 6 is a line that can’t be crossed.”
On “Fox & Pals” yesterday, McCarthy stated the angst over Cheney wasn’t about her impeachment vote: “I’ve heard from members involved about her means to hold out the job as convention chair, to hold out the message,” so “we are able to all work collectively as an alternative of attacking each other.” That, in fact, was a reasonably clear message.
In a secret poll in February, Home Republicans voted to maintain Cheney in her No. 3 publish by a vote of 145 to 61. That confirmed she had extra rank-and-file assist than the general public battle would have steered.
However the animosity degree has risen, and if a majority of the caucus is taking Trump’s facet, they’ve the precise to say she’s the flawed match for the management.
All this has made Cheney an unlikely heroine for the media, most of whose members facet with anybody who opposes Trump.
On CNN, Jake Tapper stated such Republican leaders as McCarthy and Steve Scalise are “prepared to lie” in regards to the election and different issues.
“Consider it,” tweeted L.A. Instances columnist Mark Barabak. Cheney “is liable to dropping her management for telling the reality. And insisting on doing so. You possibly can gown it up anyhow you’d like. However that’s the underside line.”
For individuals who coated her father within the Bush administration, it’s a head-snapping second to look at the media line up behind a Cheney.