One of the things that made former President Donald Trump so popular was his willingness to speak his mind. That has continued as he recently took aim at Republicans who have been disloyal.
Trump went after prominent GOP politicians for failing to back his claims of voter fraud that he felt cost him the 2020 presidential election, Just the News reported. In the crosshairs were Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), former Vice President Mike Pence, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Warmonger Liz Cheney, who has virtually no support left in the Great State of Wyoming, continues to unknowingly and foolishly say that there was no Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said Wednesday in a statement. Cheney has become unpopular in the party after she sided with the Democrats over Trump’s impeachment, according to USA Today.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney tweeted Tuesday. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
In the same statement, Trump also went after McConnell, calling him “gutless and clueless.” The Kentucky lawmaker had publicly admonished Trump following the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 though the former president did not reference those remarks in the statement, The Hill reported.
Although Pence has never publicly spoken against Trump since leaving office, the former president lumped him in for certifying the Electoral College votes. “Had Mike Pence referred the information on six states (only need two) back to State Legislatures…we would have had a far different Presidential result, and our Country would not be turning into a socialist nightmare!” Trump said.
There has yet to be concrete evidence proven in court to back up Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud. However, it did seem there were Republicans like Cheney who were all too eager to distance themselves from the former president when it seemed the political winds had changed.
The takeaway from all of this is that Trump is still a figure who looms large over the Republican Party. Many politicians forget that they owe their success to Trump who swept to the White House in 2016 not because of his party affiliation, but because of his charisma and connection to the American people.