Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is continuing to turn against former President Donald Trump despite calls from her party to fall in line. The third-highest ranking House Republican tweeted on Monday that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen. She went on to say that anyone who claims this as fact is spreading what she calls the “the big lie.”
Cheney’s History with Pushing Back: The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is no stranger to pushing back against Trump’s assertions that the election was stolen from him. As a result of her pushback against Trump and the majority of the Republican party, Cheney has been routinely criticized by many in her ranks. Cheney was one of just 10 Republicans that voted to impeach Trump for incitement of the insurrection after the deadly attacks at the US Capitol on January 6.
Leadership Spot at Risk: As a result of her vocal criticism of Trump and the party at large, Cheney has repeatedly faced losing her leadership spot. Many House Republicans have accused her of instigating division within the party. Some members have gone so far as to suggest that she may lose her spot in the leadership ranks if she does not tone down the rhetoric.
Cheney has already been faced with a vote to strip her of leadership responsibilities.
Last February, Cheney was able to hold on to her spot by a vote of 145-61 when House Republicans debated removing her leadership roles after she voted to impeach Trump. In recent days, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy declined to support Cheney publicly when he was asked if he thought she was still the right person to lead the party.
More Eyebrows Raised After Warm Greeting with Biden: Just when the issue of Cheney’s divisive actions had been put on the backburner, she raised eyebrows again last week when she leaned in to warmly greet President Joe Biden during his speech at the joint session of Congress. As Biden walked down the aisle to give his speech, Cheney was caught on camera fist-bumping the president. It is not usually the norm for the opposing party to greet the sitting president with such enthusiasm at a formal address. This visual will likely haunt Cheney when she comes up for re-election in her state that overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2020 election.