Donald Trump does not have access to the White House bully pulpit or his Twitter account, but he still issues regular missions through his “Save America” political action committee.
“The fraudulent 2020 presidential election is known as BIG LIE from today!” The former president said in a statement Monday morning that he had reiterated November’s false claims Presidential election Was snatched from him.
Republican Liz Cheney, number three in the U.S. House of Representatives, responded within an hour.
“The 2020 presidential election was not rigged,” he said Twitter. “Anyone who claims that this is spreading big lies, turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system.”
The bitterness six months after the election is the latest clash of a political party in the war over Trump’s defeat, indicating its lasting impact on him. Republican Party.
Referring to the election date, Bill Crystal, founder of the Conservative weekly Standard Magazine, said, “Those who hoped the fever would break out after November 3rd or after January or after January 20th.” The day Trump supporters stormed the U.S. capital and the day Joe Biden took office as U.S. president.
“The hope that he will step down, the hope that he can only move forward, the hope that it will only become a bracket that will be closed by his left office, that hope has diminished,” Crystal said, a prominent Trump critic.
Trump’s shadow is all over the country. U.S. Senator Mitt Romney from Utah, who voted to convict the former president on both counts of impeachment, was Encouragement At a rally of Utah Republicans last week. In Arizona, state Republican Party officials insisted on rebuilding the ballot, showing multiple defeats to Biden Trump there, despite multiple audits.
This position of Cheney could cost his Capitol Hill leadership position. After he voted Impitch The then president, in January, survived a vote of confidence among House Republicans over his role in the January siege.
But fellow Caucasus members are now expecting a second confidence vote as early as next week – and a different outcome will take effect.
“He’s toasting this time,” said an aide to the Republican Congress. “It has just reached a breaking point.”
Cheney is a hard-line conservative on foreign policy views and known as the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Since 2013, he has served as the sole representative of Wyoming, a thinly populated western U.S. state whose economy is dependent on Coal mining, Oil and gas drilling and tourism.
He has spoken to Kevin McCarthy, the most senior House Republican in recent months, about his repeated criticisms of Trump.
McCarthy tried to ite the warring parties before mid-next year, when Republicans would try to regain control of both chambers of Congress. Yet McCarthy has taken a number of public steps to align himself with Trump, including meeting with the former president at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after Biden was sworn in.
On Tuesday, McCarthy indicated he was in favor of firing his colleague from the party leadership.
“I’ve heard from members about his ability to execute this message as conference president,” McCarthy said. Fox News, Cable television channel on the right. “If we are to be able to achieve a majority, we must all work together.”
Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler responded: “It’s a Republican attempt to lie about the 2020 election, and Liz won’t do it whether it’s trying to whitewash what happened in January or January.” This is the issue. ”
The Axios website later reported that McCarthy was recorded off-camera on a “hot microphone”, telling Fox News host Steve Dusi that he had “lost confidence” in Cheney.
According to Axios, McCarthy said, “I think he’s got the real problem.” “I had it with him.”
Cheney has defenders in both Washington and Wyoming. Congress women Raised His quarterly move since his first congressional campaign, indicating that a portion of Republican donors are ready to move forward from the Trump era – a size of 4 1.54 million in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing.
“The GOP is at this crossroads and we all see and feel it,” said Amy Edmunds, a former Republican state legislator from Wyoming who has worked for Cheney in the past. “Will we fabricate lies next year and not face the truth? Or do we just not pay attention when you tell us the truth? “
“Unfortunately it looks like Kevin McCarthy has decided that he wants to continue to lie to our voters, and I fear that if that happens we will be in the electoral wilderness for four years,” he added.
Republican Gov. Mark Gordon of Wyoming told the Financial Times: “Liz always voted for her conscience and I respect her for that.” His spokesman said he believed Wyming had the resources to keep Cheney in the Republican leadership.
Cheney will probably face the final path of the midterm elections next year. The Congress woman must first overcome at least four challenges from the Republican primary and refrain from attacking the party in her home state, which has censored her because of her impeachment vote.
Veteran Republican voter Frank Luntz said Cheney’s case paints a picture of confusion within a broad party, both on Capitol Hill and among voters.
“It’s one of the main dividing lines,” Luntz said. “Do you support Donald Trump’s baseless claims? If you don’t, there are some people in the Republican Party who think you are a traitor. ”
Additional report by Derek Brower
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