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Analysis: How Liz Cheney became the conscience of Republicans

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On a conference call with her fellow House Republicans on Monday night in advance of Wednesday's expected vote on impeaching President Donald Trump, Wyoming's Liz Cheney, the third-ranking GOP leader, called it "a vote of conscience."

(CNN)On a conference call with her fellow House Republicans on Monday night in advance of Wednesday's expected vote on impeaching President Donald Trump, Wyoming's Liz Cheney, the third-ranking GOP leader, called it "a vote of conscience. "

But Cheney's use of the word "conscience" is also telling in that, increasingly over these final months of Trump's presidency, she has been a lone voice among prominent House Republicans willing to speak up when she disagrees with the President.

* When, in May, Trump spent several days pushing a debunked conspiracy theory about the death of a young intern in former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough's office, Cheney told reporters that the "President should stop tweeting about Joe Scarborough.

* In June, as Trump continued to reject the science on mask-wearing as a way to slow the spread of Covid-19, Cheney tweeted a picture of her father (aka the former vice president of the United States) wearing a mask, with this caption: "Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK.

Cheney's emergence as the one GOP leader willing to stand up and say, essentially, "What the hell are we doing here," is intriguing for a number of reasons -- not the least of which is that her father, prior to the Trump presidency, was the Republican who Democrats most loved to hate.

What distinguishes Cheney is that unlike the two lawmakers higher than she is on the leadership chart -- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (Louisiana) -- she has not fallen in line with Trump.

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