The levees around Donald Trump continue to give way. Liz Cheney, elected to the House of Representatives of the very conservative State of Wyoming, announced that she would vote, Wednesday, January 13, in favor of the impeachment of Donald Trump for “Incitement to insurgency” during a January 6 speech in Washington to his supporters. Before launching his supporters to attack the Capitol, the president had targeted her by name. “We have to get rid of the members of Congress who are weak, those who are not good… people like Liz Cheney. “
From her second term, she became, as president of the Republican Party conference, “number three” of the Grand Old Party (GOP) in the House of Representatives. She is also the daughter of Dick Cheney, the one who served as George W. Bush’s vice-president between 2001 and 2009. Nicknamed the “Machiavelli of Wyoming,” he was one of the key players in the invasion of America. Iraq by the United States in 2003. It was also the subject of a dependent biopic, Vice by Adam McKay (2019). And he’s arguably the most hated Republican before Donald Trump.
In a statement, Liz Cheney writes that“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution” that when Donald Trump incited his supporters to march on Capitol Hill. By demanding justice, she distinguished herself within the Republican Party and prepared for the aftermath.
Rooted in the “hawks”
But before distancing himself from the president, Liz Cheney has always looked like a good little GOP soldier. In August 2013, the conservative magazine Newsmax saw in her one of the “25 most influential women” party. A time columnist on Fox News, she launches into politics in 2014 and entered the House of Representatives in 2017. Re-elected twice, she wears the conservative colors high.
Anchored within the “hawks” – the partisans of the assertion of the power of the United States and of the balance of power rather than the diplomacy path -, she never hesitates to scrape against the Democrats. In March 2019, she describes them as the “Party to anti-Semitism, (…) infanticide, (…) of socialism “. In February of the same year, she sums up their program as follows: “Neither God nor 2e amendment, no protection of babies, no freedom of expression, no freedom of religion, no planes, no cars, no cows… ”
Finally, in February 2020, during Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, Liz Cheney accuses Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, of ” have a nervous breakdown ” when the president is finally acquitted by the Senate.
However, a few weeks later, she appeared as the voice of reason in the face of the pandemic: in March 2020, when the Covid-19 hit the United States and Donald Trump tried to revive the economy, she tweet that“There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and if thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, die because we have not done what is necessary to stop the virus ”.
Liz cheney supports the doctor Anthony Fauci, the pillar immunologist of the American task force set up to fight against the coronavirus. And when President Trump persists in denying the usefulness of masks, she posts on Twitter a picture of his father recommending, in capital letters, to “Wear a mask”, accompanied by a hashtag intended to titillate the chauvinism of the president: #realmenwearmasks (“real men wear masks”).
“Sacred nature of the electoral process”
At the end of June 2020, she calls the Trump administration to account after rumors of an operation, loaned to Moscow, aimed at inciting Afghan insurgents to kill American soldiers. After Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, contested by Donald Trump, she asks the outgoing president to “Bow to the sanctity of the electoral process” and “To accept defeat”.
Although recent, Liz Cheney’s deviations were enough to attract the wrath of the president’s zealots. In July 2020, Matt Gaetz, elected from Florida to the House of Representatives, called on Twitter upon her resignation, considering that she “Worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against Donald Trump and his program”. In 2020, Mitt Romney was the only Republican elected official to support the impeachment process initiated by the Democrats for “abuse of power” and “hindering the smooth running of Congress”.
As the debates on the new impeachment of Donald Trump begin, the GOP elected officials in the House who support the impeachment are five in number: besides Liz Cheney, it is John Katko (New York) , Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), Fred Upton (Michigan) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington State). Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican minority in the House, is against it, saying it would only exacerbate divisions in the country. There is little doubt about the outcome, with Democrats having a majority in the House.
The president will then be judged by the Senate. However, the Senate has evolved since the first impeachment trial. The New York Times and CNN report that” in private “, Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate who has never failed Donald Trump, would consider this indictment justified. Above all, it would allow the GOP to turn the Trump page for good. A few senators, who criticized the president’s actions, said they were ready to vote for his impeachment: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Ben Sasse (Nebraska) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) and probably Mitt Romney again, who did not still expressed on the subject.