One week ago today, on February 3, Rep. Liz Cheney (R – Wy) defeated an effort, from some of the greatest admirers of former President Donald Trump, to remove her from her position in the House Republican party leadership, in retaliation for her vote to impeach him.
Liz Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Her father, VP under President George W. Bush, was a very controversial figure who was very active in promoting the idea that Iraq under Saddam Hussein possessed “weapons of mass destruction…..”
She is also the highest ranking woman on the Republican side in the House. Her title is House Republican Conference Chair, the officer responsible for hosting meetings and communicating the positions and plans of the party leadership to the rank-and-file.
After the storming of the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob during the official count of the electoral college ballots, Cheney became convinced that the 45th president was a malevolent presence on the national scene. In her words, “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath.”
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The House Republicans took a secret ballot on the question whether to retain her as Conference Chair. She received 145 votes. Another 61 voted against her. And one voted simply “present.”