Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was removed from office on May 12 2021 after several months of being condoned by her fellow Republican Party after voting to impeach Donald J Trump after the January 6th insurrection.
Liz Cheney is a representative from Wyoming. She’s known for her conservative view on such issues as abortion and same-sex marriage. Mrs. Cheney and her family have long-established roots in the Republican party after Dick Cheney was the Vice President of George W. Bush, serving time in office from 2001-2009.
While Liz Cheney has worked in politics for the majority of her career, working at the state department, as well as serving as deputy assistant to Near Eastern Affairs, she was sworn into her biggest role in 2019 as Representative for Wyoming.
During her time in Congress, Liz Cheney demonstrated loyalty to both President Trump and the Republican Party. As the turmoil of the 2020 Presidential election resulted in predominantly Republican states. To the Republican’s surprise, states such as Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania flipped to vote Democratic. Cheney opposed the election results along with many of her other Republican Congress members. On January 6th Cheney voted to Object to Arizona’s election results, and on the 7th of January voted to object to Pennsylvania’s election results.
While serving in Congress, Former Representative Liz Cheney voted 93% of the time with Donald Trump, including on issues such as providing funding to Trump’s infamous border wall. Her conservative views have been spread and supported by many Republicans, further establishing herself as a loyal Republican.
On January 13th, a week after the Capitol Hill insurrection prompted by President Trump, a historical vote was cast to impeach the President for the second time. During the casting of votes, many were surprised when Representative Cheney had voted against the President, this being one of the first times in Cheney’s career.
As the Republican party continues to spread “The Big Lie,” that the election was a fraud and Trump being the rightful winner of the 2020 election, Cheney has refused to stand by these viewpoints. Since the vote On January 13th, Cheney’s fellow Republican Party has turned on their support of the Representative and pushed for her removal. This is the second time this year Cheney has faced possible removal from her position, though, during her first attempt of removal, some Republicans, including Minority Leader McCarthy, supported Cheney. During the second push for removal, Cheney had lost support from her fellow colleges and was removed from her position on May 12th.
Despite Cheney’s removal, she continues to support the GOP. Mrs. Cheney told interviewers, “The nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism, and I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward, and I plan to lead the fight to do that,” she said. Cheney plans on running for reelection in 2022.
In the age of Trump, we await to see if Conservistium will rise over Loyalty to Trump in upcoming elections, including Mrs. Cheney’s run for reelection.
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Balz, Dan. “Analysis | The Purging of Liz Cheney Is about Much More than the Future of the GOP.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 15 May 2021, www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-purging-of-liz-cheney-is-about-much-more-than-the-future-of-the-gop/2021/05/15/28808f1c-b4cd-11eb-ab43-bebddc5a0f65_story.html.