After Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) fate was sealed at Wednesday’s voice vote, and she no longer remained at her top ranks position, the fight within the republicans escalated.
On Thursday, a letter entitled “A Call For American Renewal” was signed by 100 no-Trumper Republicans calling for withdrawal from former President Donald Trump’s influence or a third party will be on the way, Reuters reported. The proposal for the move came as the Wednesday vote on ousting Cheney as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference was advancing.
“The Republican Party is broken. It’s time for a resistance of the ‘rationals’ against the ‘radicals,'” one of the organizers of the move, Miles Taylor, told the outlet. Taylor, a former Homeland Security official under Trump, declared himself as “part of the resistance” inside the 45th president’s administration in an anonymous New York Times op-ed three years ago.
As he harshly termed Trump as “a washed-up, one-time, single-term president,” he wanted to ensure Trump is hindered from returning to the U.S President position.
“He cost us the White House. He cost us the House of Representatives. He cost us the Senate. He cost us half a million American lives in COVID. He can’t win. He’s a washed-up, one-time, single-term president,” said Taylor as quoted by The Hill.
Cheney’s ousting from her post has been allegedly linked to her antagonism towards Trump. In February, she survived the GOP vote, issued after she voted to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the January 6 Capitol riot. Yet, her continuous attack on Trump’s questioning of the 2020 election result integrity took its toll.
When the decision was reached, Cheney vowed that she would ensure Trump will not come back as U.S president for any other term. She believes the right-wing party needs to be separated from Trump’s election “lies.”
“I think that the party is in a place that we have got to bring it back from, and we’ve got to get back to a position where we are a party that can fight for conservative principles, that can fight for substance. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president,” said Cheney.
However, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif), who called for the vote to remove her, changing the head of the House Republican Conference was crucial so that the GOP would collectively concentrate on the “battle” against the destructive Democrats.
“What I would say is if Kevin McCarthy thinks the civil war is ending with the ouster of Liz Cheney, he is sorely mistaken,” Taylor fired back on the Wednesday vote. “It has only just begun.”
Since Trump loyalists inside the GOP were many, the “A Call For American Renewal” could be a futile approach, noted The Hill. Among that are the many prominent Republicans who once stood on the other side with the former president but changed their course afterward.
The outlet added that while McCarthy now criticizes Cheney for stirring “internal divisions” by attacking Trump, he also condemned him for the Capitol riot in January and defended her during the previous vote.
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was another republican that derided Trump for the chaos; in April showed her support for his return by proclaiming that she will not register for the 2024 presidential candidacy if Trump joins the race.
In 2018 when Trump was still commander-in-chief, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called him “a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America,” likewise became one of the most loyal supporters of Trump later on. He was among those who continued to oppose Biden’s confirmation after the Capitol violence, the Independent reports.