Republicans who joined the Democrats’ impeachment will find themselves paying a high price.
Some of it won’t even have to wait for an election.
Liz Cheney’s impeachment vote is already sending her career crashing down.
Ten House Republicans voted with Democrats to impeach Donald Trump on one article claiming he “incited” the “insurrection” in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.
Rep. Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chair, decided to join with Democrats, failing to represent her constituents and without consulting other members of the Republican Party.
Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, voted to censure Cheney for her impeachment vote earlier this week.
“Our representative did not represent our voice,” said Carbon County GOP Chairman Joey Correnti IV, according to The Washington Times.
Now the majority of House Republicans are looking to force Cheney to resign from her leadership position.
More than 115 conservative representatives are calling for Cheney to step down.
“House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) are leading the effort on circulating a petition to force a special conference meeting where proponents are looking for a debate and a vote be held on a resolution calling on Cheney to resign from her role at the leadership table,” the Hill reported.
There are already more than enough signatures to call a meeting on the proposed resolution.
Rosendale criticized Cheney last week after she announced that she would vote to impeach Trump. “Rep. Cheney did not consult with the rest of our conference before supporting impeachment,” he said.
“She failed to abide by the spirit of the Conference rules & is ignoring the preferences of Republican voters. I’m calling on her to step down as Conference Chair,” the Republican added.
“This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Cheney said in a statement following the breach on the Capitol.
“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough,” she continued. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”
“Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The problem with Cheney’s emotional statement is that she never claimed that Trump committed a crime.
The protest was unwise, and Trump’s words were inflammatory, certainly that can be considered wrong morally but in the eyes of the law that’s not a crime, let alone a “high crime” as is required by the Constitution for impeachment.
If inflammatory rhetoric that led to violence is the standard for impeachment then Vice President Kamala Harris should be impeached for the statements she made during the violent Black Lives Matter protests this summer.
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