We now return you to the continuing Big Lie and the punchable face of the GQP. “By deposing @Liz_Cheney they’ve only given her a bigger platform.” And they were so cowardly as to remove her by a voice vote.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to remove Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney — the No. 3 House Republican — from the party’s leadership post for her criticism of former president Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. In a speech on the House floor on the eve of the expected vote, Cheney said: “We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen, and America has not failed.”
Punchbowl News: Cheney has drifted so far away from McCarthy and Scalise that her relationship with them is irreparable. She has choice words for McCarthy, who she believes is an irresponsible leader who rehabilitated Trump after Jan. 6, and is now coddling the former president.
And there it is. @Liz_Cheney has a massive, massive platform now. she is now a national figure, who continues to say she chose country over party
The House Republican Conference chair doesn’t get a @SavannahGuthrie interview.
But an ousted House Republican Conference chair does https://t.co/gxMi1I65fa
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 12, 2021
The problem with applying this so broadly, beyond stripping it of any real meaning, is that it can come back to bite you. What happens when cancel culture warriors want to sanction someone they disagree with?
That’s what just happened with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who by most of the definitions applied above is indeed being canceled by the same people who decry cancel culture.
Cheney took to the House floor Tuesday to deliver her final remarks before the House GOP voted Wednesday, as expected, to remove her as the party’s No. 3 leader. Cheney’s sin? Her continued criticisms of Trump’s baseless election claims and her party’s complicity in them. The subject her GOP colleagues just happened to be discussing at the time? Cancel culture.
“I know the topic is cancel culture; I have some thoughts about that,” Cheney said slyly.
Ppl might not care about Cheney losing her position, but I'd say it's pretty likely that "Agreeing with lies about the election & restricting voting access are necessary prerequisites of orthodox Republicanism today" will continue to be a theme in politics over the next 18 months https://t.co/IQrGMyI6br
— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) May 12, 2021
Jeffrey Rosen, who replaced Bill Barr as AG, just testified: "There was no evidence presented of widespread fraud of a sufficient scale to overturn the election."
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) May 12, 2021
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 12, 2021
…Miles Taylor told CNN that McCarthy is kidding himself. “My message to him is that the civil war within the GOP is not ending,” Taylor said. “Today, it is just beginning.”
The group threatening a third party reportedly contains more than 100 Republicans, including numerous former elected officials. They will release an open letter on Thursday demanding specific changes from the GOP, while warning:
When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice.
This effort is electorally doomed, as David Jolly explains. But that doesn’t render it useless. The fact is we need as many right-leaning voices as possible calling out ongoing GOP radicalization even if they don’t gain power.
Of course, there are other objections one might pose. It’s true, for instance, that people such as Taylor and Cheney are hardly good spokespeople for democracy.
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With today’s ousting of Liz Cheney, the Republican Party has completed its transformation into a fascist, authoritarian death cult. It is up to all Americans to #RejectGOPFascism. pic.twitter.com/mhODTuM79L
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 12, 2021
“You’re not mopping fast enough. (Laughter) That’s a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause) Grab a mop — let’s get to work.” – Barack Obama (2009); “Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible!”