There are many things that Donald Trump will never understand, including the idea of doing anything unselfishly, for reasons beyond personal benefit. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a lifelong Republican whose father served as a Republican vice president to a Republican president, serves on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection and her party has turned their backs on her, stripped her of her other committee assignments, and called her a RINO (Republican In Name Only).
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) January 26, 2022
Cheney continues to serve on the committee and to call the ex-president and her own party for their incitement of the insurrection with the Big Lie, the one about how Trump was robbed of the presidency during the 2020 election by Democrats, Republicans, poll workers, election officials, the secretary of state of Georgia, his own vice president, and the late Hugo Chavez. Now, with the November mid-terms coming and Cheney’s seat in the House at play, well-known Trump critics in the GOP are coming to her aid, participating in fundraisers for her reelection efforts.
According to Reuters:
‘US Senator Mitt Romney, a leading Republican critic of former president Donald Trump, will help raise money for Representative Liz Cheney…In addition to Romney, the list of attendees is comprised of an array of establishment Republican figures and Trump critics, including former congresswoman Barbara Comstock, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, lobbyist Charlie Black, and former vice-president Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney’s father.’
Liz Cheney: “It’s hard to imagine a more significant, a more serious dereliction of duty,” than Trump’s failure to intervene when the US Capitol was under a deadly attack. #January6 January6thCommittee pic.twitter.com/tFsLCBzs2e 08
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Cheney’s primary challenger, Harriet Hageman, has the support of Trump voters and even an endorsement by Trump himself. In a recent straw poll, Cheney received just six votes to Hageman’s 59. Her reelection bid is heavily challenged, but she continues to do the work of the committee and call out the wrong in what is found.
‘Cheney has been the target of Trump’s ire and sidelined by most Republicans after voting last January to impeach Trump on a charge that he incited an insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan 6, and helping lead an ongoing congressional committee investigating the attack.’
JUST POSTED: Big-money GOP donors are lining up behind @RepLizCheney's Trump-endorsed GOP challenger—including the owner of the historic Jackson Hole ski resort who's a supporter of @Jim_Jordan & Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG).
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— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 26, 2022
Cheney is, however, part of the old guard of the Republican Party, one that at least paid lip service to patriotism and the good of the nation. It is unknown how she will fare in November, but it is also unknown how the work of the committee will affect public opinion about Donald Trump once public hearings get underway. Until then, Cheney is in a good position monetarily to put up a good fight.
‘Cheney is not in financial trouble, having ended September with more than US$3.6 million (S$4.8 million) in the bank. But she faces a challenge for survival in Wyoming, where the activist base of her own party has moved against her. Over the weekend, Cheney won only six votes in a straw poll conducted by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee, with Hageman securing 59.’
A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent January 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution.
This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels. https://t.co/vpQZjTg9em
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 23, 2022