Liz Cheney chooses truth over power -- a lonely path in Trump's GOP - CNN Politics
May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) waits for the arrival of President Joe Biden, before he addresses a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2021. (Photo by Melina Mara / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MELINA MARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Donald Trump is effectively forcing every Republican who wants a political future to show how far they're willing to compromise on principle, truth and conscience for power.
But the party’s No. 3 House leader, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, is making a lonely stand by refusing to appease Trump over his incitement of the Capitol insurrection and claims of a stolen election.
In the Hunger Games that is the House Republican Conference, Cheney was effectively pushed by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who made the opposite choice regarding fealty to Trump.
In the service of his ego and his wounded pride after losing handily to Biden last year in a free and fair election, Trump is completing the work he began in 2015 of purging anyone from the Republican Party who does not share his populist, nationalist creed and rejects his personality cult.
Rather than hide from Trump’s attacks, Cheney has repeatedly countered his false claims about election fraud.
Two weeks ago, she argued that Biden was pursuing “even farther left policies than we could have anticipated and certainly than he campaigned on. ” Cheney has also forcibly contested Biden’s plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, though the President’s instincts may hew closer to the Trump base on this one issue than her own hawkish national security principles.
But McCarthy’s implication that Cheney is unable to unite the party behind her is probably correct, given her refusal to quiet her criticisms of Trump as he weaves constant deception over last year’s election.
Part of Trump’s appeal was that he rejected the neoconservatism of former GOP titans like Vice President Cheney, shared by his daughter, that led the United States into more than a decade of painful modern wars.