The Wyoming Republican Party has voted to stop recognizing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as a member of the Republican Party.
“The 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, by the state party central committee followed votes by local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican,” The Associated Press reported. “In February, the Wyoming GOP central committee voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney, Wyoming’s lone U.S. representative, for voting to impeach Trump.”
The resolution passed over the weekend stated:
Previously mentioned in the resolution of censure, Representative Liz Cheney ‘cast her vote in favor of impeachment without any quantifiable evidence of High Crimes or Misdemeanors. As to date, no quantifiable and or undisputed evidence has been offered Representative Liz Cheney to defend her questionable decision.
“It’s laughable to suggest Liz is anything but a committed conservative Republican,” Jeremy Adler, a Cheney spokesman, said in a statement. “She is bound by her oath to the Constitution. Sadly, a portion of the Wyoming GOP leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle, and instead allowed themselves to be held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man.”
Cheney has taken heat from many of her Republican colleagues in Congress over the last several months over her obsession with going after former President Donald Trump.
Support for removing Cheney from her position as No. 3 in the House Republican leadership earlier this year was so overwhelming that there was no vote recorded as a simple voice vote was suffice.
“Former democratic Rep Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) tells me the vote of no confidence was a LOUD voice vote which Cheney failed,” Newsy reporter Nathaniel Reed wrote on Twitter. “Says no one spoke up to defend her, [Rep. Adam] Kinzinger (R-IL) included.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded mocked Cheney late last week in response to a CNN panel hat pondered whether there was a lane for Cheney to run in for the 2024 presidential election.
“Yes,” Cruz wrote. “It’s called the Democratic primary.”
Yes. It’s called the Democratic primary. https://t.co/q31fFvQZOp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 13, 2021
Fox News host Bret Baier grilled Cheney (R-WY) after she was ousted her leadership position back in May.
“So, if you look at the numbers in Wyoming, 70% of Wyoming voted for President Trump, actually more people voted for President Trump than voted for you, a higher percentage voted for President Trump,” Baier said. “Now you’re saying you’re dedicating your life to opposing him. So why — we’ll put up those numbers — why should Wyoming voters, say, re-elect you when you’re spending so much energy opposing him? So little opposing Biden?”
“Well, you’re wrong,” Cheney claimed.
“No, no,” Baier responded. “I mean these are the numbers.”
“No, I’m not disputing the numbers, but I’m disputing your characterization of what I’m doing,” Cheney responded. “I think it’s really important for us to be as strong as possible in defeating the Biden policies. We cannot do that if we enable a lie. We cannot do that if we fail to learn the lessons from the 2020 election. And the people of Wyoming believe deeply in the Constitution, the people of Wyoming know that we must use the Constitution as our shield, that we must defend the Constitution. And so when you look at the challenge that the former president is presenting right now, still today, claiming that the election was stolen, claiming that our electoral process does not accurately reflect the will of the people, no remorse or regret for January 6, continuing to use the language that we know inspired violence in the past—”
This report has been updated to include additional information.