Last updated on January 16, 2021
Read the room, knuckleheads!
A group of conservative lawmakers are plotting to oust House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from her leadership role, citing issues with her announcement that she would vote to impeach President Trump for inciting last week's riot at the Capitol.
GOP lawmakers behind the effort, which are largely made up of members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, have begun circulating a petition led by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday to remove the Cheney — who is the highest-ranking Republican woman in leadership — from her role.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and a top Trump ally, took aim at Cheney on Wednesday morning ahead of the vote, arguing her views don’t reflect the majority of the House GOP conference.
“We ought to have a second vote,” Jordan told reporters, according to a Capitol Hill pool report. “The conference ought to vote on that.”
And that’s not all! Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale actually said Cheney is “weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead.”
Personal political gain? Unfit to lead? That. Is. Rich. Dude.
And what was Liz Cheney’s sin? Did she accept a heart transplant that could have gone to someone who wasn’t undead? No. That was some other Cheney.
All Liz did was state the obvious:
“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
“I will vote to impeach the President.”
I’m no fan of Liz nor any other Cheney, but she did the right thing, and at the very least we should recognize that. And she sure as shit shouldn’t lose her leadership position for, you know, showing leadership. (I could come up with a lot of other reasons if Republicans really care to listen, but this should simply not be the hill they die on.)
It turns out that a violent mob actually was incited by the president of the United States because he was so besotted with his own bullshit and so emotionally fragile and so addled by ego that he couldn’t stand to concede or step aside. People are dead because of it, and many more are now afraid for their lives.
So, sure, attack Liz Cheney. She’s obviously the GOP’s biggest problem right now.
Let’s go with that.
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