But Republicans won’t be so easily rid of Cheney. While she’s no longer a member of elected leadership, something she said in a speech on the House floor on Tuesday night will continue to haunt her party as it attempts to appeal to voters across the nation over the next 18 months.
Cue the liar — following Cheney’s ouster on Wednesday morning.
“Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being,” said former President Donald Trump in a statement released moments after the vote. “I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country.”
That single, simple line from Cheney — that when we ignore the lie, the liar gets more bold — could well be the epitaph for whatever strain of the Republican Party exists outside the cult of personality that has arisen around Trump and swallowed the GOP (almost) whole over the last five years.
Because what Republicans did on Wednesday morning is get rid of someone whose only crime — such as it is — was to say that the 2020 election was won fair and square by President Joe Biden, and that Trump’s continued insistence to the contrary runs counter to both facts and the Constitution.
And in so doing, they cemented the idea — through their unwillingness to speak the truth about the election — that Trump’s ridiculous claims about election fraud are valid.
This is a lie. Plain and simple.
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“During my tenure, DOJ maintained the position publicly announced previously that the Department had been presented with no evidence of widespread voter fraud at a scale sufficient to change the outcome of the 2020 election, that it would not participate in any campaign’s or political party’s legal challenges to the certification of the Electoral College votes, and that there would be an orderly and peaceful transfer of power under the Constitution.”
Trump will, rightly, view the removal of Cheney as a victory for him — and for this totally debunked idea that he was cheated out of a victory in 2020.
With the ouster of Cheney, every single House Republican who raised their voice to do the deed now owns this same lie. Because they did something worse than sit silently by while Trump blabbed about it to anyone who would listen. On Wednesday, they affirmed the lie and the liar. And they will now spend the next 18 months (or more) reaping what they have sown.