On May 11th, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney (daughter of President “Dubya” Bush’s Vice-President_let loose a blistering broadside against the Republican leaders who have shackled the party to former president Donald Trump who, despite losing office, sixty lawsuits and access to both Twitter and Facebook, continues to plague America’s democracy. As third-ranking Republican leader, her criticism of her own party is hot stuff, as well as brave. She said:
“Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They have heard only his words, but not the truth, as he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.”
“Compae the determination of those in Kenya, Russia, and Poland to risk their lives to vote for freedom. The dream of democracy has inspired them. Reagan’s Republican Party won the Cold War. Now America is on the cusp of another cold war, this time with China.
“This impending struggle highlights the importance of today’s domestic struggle: attacks against our democratic process and the rule of law empower our adversaries and feed communist propaganda that American democracy is a failure. We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen, and America has not failed.
“I stand on conservative principles that Republicans like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has abandoned. The fundamental conservative principle is the rule of law—and those backing Trump’s Big Lie are denying that rule and undermining our democracy. The election is over, Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution. It is imperative we act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy.”
“This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.”
On the very next day, House Republicans voted to remove Cheney from the number three spot in the party in the House. This is despite Trump’s own former Deputy Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen telling the House Oversight Committee that “the Justice Department had been presented with no evidence of widespread voter fraud at a scale sufficient to change the outcome of the 2020 election.”
All this could end badly for more than just the Republican Party.