House Republicans have decided to keep Liz Cheney as the third highest leader in their Caucus of Deplorables. No wonder there. Cheney is a corporation pampering and bellicose neoconservative, a hateful liar whose only sin in the eyes of her peers is her misunderstanding.
That “one thing” was her vote against Donald Trump, which the Wyoming Republican combined with a statement to explain “The President of the United States called this mob, gathered the mob, and lit the flame” of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
The House Democrats were pleased with the clarity of Cheney’s denunciation of the Republican mighty, particularly her precise assertion that “none of this would have happened without the president. The president could have intervened immediately and forcefully to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal of office and constitutional oath by a President of the United States. “What could be more appetizing than a top Republican woman calling out the shamed former president of her party? And it got even better. Trump was reportedly so angry that he phoned allies on Capitol Hill and asked them to remove Cheney from chairing the House’s Republican Conference. Florida Republican representative Matt Gaetz described the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney as “a bureaucrat turned into a fake cowgirl”.
Trump and Gaetz failed their attempt to oust Cheney last week when the GOP caucus backed them 145 to 60 the same day they gave the Georgia representative a standing ovation Marjorie Taylor Greene, the conspiracy theorist who channeled QAnon and got a better grip on the racism and xenophobia that Trump uses to build his base. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Said this willingness to support both Cheney and Greene shows that the party is “a big tent”.
Not so great.
It doesn’t take much canvas to encompass the ideological spectrum that ranges from Cheney’s right-wing gossip to Greene’s hate speech.
When Trump’s Senate trial begins this week, Democrats will no doubt reuse Cheney’s charges against the Commander-in-Chief as the culprit he is. But they shouldn’t make the Wyoming congressman some kind of heroine. Nor should you imagine that it is now – or ever – a principled alternative to the extremists who have turned the Republican Party into a fever of hate, fear, and conspiracy theories.
It was not Marjorie Taylor Greene who called the Democrats “the party of anti-Semitism, the party of infanticide, the party of socialism”. That was Liz Cheney who launched that line in March 2019 Look on Meet the press. In the same apparition, she claimed that the Democrats “passed laws in violation of the first amendment, the second amendment”.
It wasn’t Marjorie Taylor Greene who announced that the socialists “have a stranglehold on the democratic platform over Joe Biden’s future policies”. It was Liz Cheney in a Democratic National Convention review she posted their convention website.
It wasn’t Marjorie Taylor Greene who made this claim because he was working with world leaders to organize the United Nations Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for 2015 For non-proliferation, former Secretary of State John Kerrys was “the architect” of a plan that “gave the Iranians a route to a nuclear weapon”. That was Liz Cheney a appearance by Fox News in August 2020in which she claimed that Kerry “traveled the world as head of the mullahs’ chamber of commerce in Iran”.
It wasn’t Marjorie Taylor Greene who claimed that Vice President Kamala Harris wassounds like Karl Marx. It was Liz Cheney who, just two days before the 2020 presidential election, denounced the Democrats for stating that equality is about “giving people the resources and support they need” so that all are equal can compete.
It wasn’t Marjorie Taylor Greene who suggested that Harris supported infanticide. It was Liz Cheney who did announced on national television, after Biden selected the California Senator as his companion, Harris supported “Abortion Through the Ninth Month and Beyond”. And it was Cheney who then dismissed Harris’ qualifications as former elected attorney general, and US Senator, claiming, “Joe Biden has clearly decided that he will make a decision based on a person’s gender based on their gender, race and based on its need to appease the very far socialist left of his party. ”
It was not Marjorie Taylor Greene who deliberately misrepresented the statements of the first two Muslim women to serve in the US House of Representatives so often that James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute, described the attacks as “obsession. “It was Liz Cheney, whose target audience Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Were so extreme that Zogby wrote that Cheney’s Vitriol” either smells of deep-seated anti-Arab / Muslim bigotry or blatant politics designed to pursue the bigotry of your ‘base’. Either way, it’s a shame. Your group has been playing this game for a decade. Shame.”
To be clear, Marjorie Taylor Greene is a dangerously extreme member of Congress, duly sanctioned Thursday by a bipartisan majority in the Chamber that voted to remove the Georgian from the House’s education and budget committees. As Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) Said, “This was an important step for the country. It becomes clear that you cannot say that September 11th did not happen. You can’t say you believe in QAnon theories. You cannot threaten violence against elected officials and you still hope to serve in the United States Congress. There should be a very, very high bar on removing people from committees, but this wasn’t a tough call. ”
Notably, Cheney voted in solidarity with Greene in the vote on Greene’s expropriation of her committee duties.
Whatever it is thanks to Liz Cheney for standing up against Trump, it doesn’t go away from the fact that her most consistent stance is on the side of the cruelty, lies, and extremism that infects today’s Republican Party. This is the real reason the Republicans of the House voted to keep Cheney as their caucus leader.