Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was already having a hard time in her party. Now her latest antics add fuel to the fire for those calling for her ouster.
Cheney circulated a document about President Joe Biden’s immigration overhaul that lifted many passages nearly verbatim from the White House website, Breitbart reported in an exclusive. This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have alienated her from her party.
The document was sent to the House GOP conference in February and was meant to help Republicans strategize against Biden’s amnesty proposal. Instead, it was just a repackaging of the Biden administration policies with many paragraphs almost entirely taken from the White House’s “Fact Sheet” on its website.
“I would push back on idea that it was ‘plagiarism,’ for starters,” Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told the news outlet. “If you’ve seen the email, it specifically says the points about the proposal came from the White House. We were not taking the information and passing it off as our own or anything like that.”
However, the similarities between her document and the website are stunning. In one point about illegal immigrants applying for a green card changes the word “allows” to “will allow” while leaving the rest of the statement the same. Another passage substitutes the word “undergo” for “suffer” while leaving the rest intact. Many others don’t even bother changing a single word.
Many in Cheney’s party were angered when she sided with Democrats to impeach former President Donald Trump for his supposed role in the Jan. 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol, according to The Hill. She survived a vote months ago to get her ousted from her leadership position, but Trump has already promised to back her opponent in the 2022 primary for her seat.
“It’s at a boiling point,” one unnamed Republican lawmaker told the outlet. “This isn’t about Liz Cheney wanting to impeach Donald Trump; this isn’t about Donald Trump at all. It’s about Liz Cheney being completely out of synch with the majority of our conference.”
That lawmaker said “she is focused on the past and proving a point” rather than trying to move forward as the rest of the Republicans. “She is alienating herself from the conference, and I have to imagine if she doesn’t resign there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be lopsided in the opposite direction of what it was before.”
It seems Cheney may have miscalculated how many are still loyal to Trump. These Republican politicians forget how transformational and unifying Trump was because the left has done such a good job tearing it all down after the fact. However, Republican voters won’t forget.