After a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol last week, and Democrats have been trying to blame the president for the criminal actions of people he’s never met. Unfortunately, even his own party has decided to pile on the blame.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is the third highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, joined Democrats in a vote to impeach Trump Wednesday, Breitbart reported. Now, fellow Republicans are calling for her to resign from her position as House Republican Conference Chair, but she ended any speculation that she would comply by declaring that she “isn’t going anywhere” in a statement on Tuesday.
Cheney made it known she would vote with Democrats to impeach the president the day before the official vote. Speaking about the attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five dead, including a police officer, the lawmaker said the “insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic” in a statement Tuesday.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney charged. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President,” she added. “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.”
Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) have called for her resignation for her betrayal to the president and the GOP. “We ought to have a second vote,” Jordan, conservative favorite and founder of House Freedom Caucus, said. “The conference ought to vote on that.”
Cheney wasn’t alone in defecting from her party. Nine other GOP representatives voted to impeach along with the Democrats, although Cheney was her party’s highest-ranking member in of the House to do so.
Other notable lawmakers included freshman Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) who wasted no time turning against his party’s president and Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) who unseated the Democrat incumbent only to immediately side with Democrats. Valadao called Trump’s rhetoric “un-American, abhorent, and absolutely an impeachable offense” in a tweet Wednesday.
Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.
— Rep. David Valadao (@RepDavidValadao) January 13, 2021
The attack on the Capitol was appalling and horrific to patriotic Americans. However, the tactics seem very much like a continuation of the violence and destruction that political protestors have been inflicting on the nation since the death of George Floyd last May — the difference is that Democrats and the media were more successful in pinning the blame on their political rivals than the GOP.