Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) don’t appear interested in changing their stances merely because someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) finds issue with them. Kinzinger and Cheney have ended up as a couple of the only Republicans in Congress who are willing to go against the Trump-endorsed line on pretty much any major issue, while Cruz falls squarely within the opposing camp to the point that he helped push objections to the Congressional certification of the presidential election outcome back in January. Cruz did so in the name of security, which was disingenuous and ridiculous — at that point, the election results had already undergone rounds and rounds of comprehensive, documented security checks in every single state.
In response to a post from CNN featuring a panel discussion about whether Cheney could make inroads in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, Cruz wrote that her “lane” would actually be the Democratic primary — which is absurd. Cheney has spent years in support of conservative policy positions. She simply draws a line at undercutting the peaceful transfer of power, as is required in democracies — and that is enough for people like Cruz to throw everything else out, apparently. Cheney replied to Cruz’s nonsense as follows:
‘I know you’re posturing for the secessionist vote, Ted. But my party, the Republican party, saved the Union. You swore an oath to the Constitution. Act like it.’
I know you’re posturing for the secessionist vote, Ted. But my party, the Republican party, saved the Union. You swore an oath to the Constitution. Act like it. https://t.co/YyQ1XHRhCY
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) November 13, 2021
Kinzinger supportively replied that “Damn son Liz brought the heat on you!”
Damn son Liz brought the heat on you! https://t.co/J47FIER53K
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) November 13, 2021
Cheney’s reference to Cruz’s affinity for secessionism hearkens back to comments that the Texas Senator made at an event last month. Asked about the possibility of Texas seceding from the rest of the United States, Cruz said that “if the Democrats end the filibuster, if they fundamentally destroy the country, if they pack the Supreme Court, if they make D.C. a state, if they federalize elections, if they massively expand voter fraud, there may come a point where it’s hopeless.” Such is utterly insane, obviously — for starters, none of the actual policy positions that Cruz referenced would in any way “destroy the country.” Other points of Cruz’s remarks — such as the notion that Democrats might “massively expand voter fraud” — are simply disconnected from basic reality.