Republicans face a new reckoning over what GOP House leader

Saturday, April 23, 2022
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Republicans Face a New Reckoning Over Rep. Liz Cheney

Rep. Liz Cheney has stepped into the role played by Sterling in the winter‚ warning that siding with Trump will stoke anarchic violence that could have grave consequences for our democracy. Meanwhile‚ Rep. Kevin McCarthy supports her removal. Cheney has spent the past few weeks re-litigating events from the Jan. 6 riot‚ but many Republicans are hesitant to throw her under the bus.

Rep. Liz Cheney has taken on the role played by Sterling in the winter

Rep. Liz Cheney is an unlikely candidate to win the 2020 Republican Party nomination. She has a conspicuous profile. Her campaign calls for defeating the ongoing threat of a president who lost and the fundamental toxicity of a failed administration. The conservative Republican outcast in the House has pledged to serve as a counterforce to Mr. Trump‚ although she has not ruled out a 2020 primary challenge to Mr. Trump. In a fiery four-minute speech‚ Cheney addressed her Republican opponents and defended her position against President Donald Trump. Some Republicans think that turning away from Trump is political suicide. However‚ Sen. Lindsey Graham said that many Republicans are loyal to Cheney. In addition to her support‚ some Republicans have come out in opposition to her ouster. Even Trump is unsure of his party's stance on Cheney. The political landscape in Wyoming is a tough one. The third-ranking Republican in the House is facing four Republican primary challengers‚ including endorsed candidate Harriet Hageman. The state GOP central committee's decision is appropriate and says Cheney broke with where we're at as a state. In addition to Sterling‚ Rep. Cheney has also taken on the role Sterling played. The Utah Republican also tweeted his disappointment with the possible RNC decision‚ saying The party should not censure persons of conscience. Despite her moderate voting record‚ Rep. Cheney has reacted to Sterling's actions by echoed Trump's false claims about widespread election fraud. Both of them are members of the House Republican Conference. Cheney was elected to Congress in 2010 and served as Trump's campaign adviser. Kinzinger‚ meanwhile‚ has stepped aside in the Republican Conference. They have been working together to discredit President Trump. And if they are not able to do that‚ the House Republican Conference must step in. But they must not fall victim to their own political ambitions. While the Republican Party is divided over whether to impeach Trump‚ Rep. Liz Cheney has been trying to marshal the Wyoming Republican establishment to back her. She circulated editorials and letters to the editor approving her. Some of her defenders include Gov. Mark Gordon‚ Sen. John Barrasso and Sen. Cynthia Lummis. In Wyoming‚ Cheney has the support of the Mining and Petroleum Association of Wyoming. But there is a deep divide between traditional GOP interests and the far-right activists.

Trump's war on reality and truth continues unabated

While President-elect Donald Trump has continued to voice his grievances in Washington‚ his war on reality and truth continues unabating. The president-elect's sexy and obscene remarks have pushed his poll numbers down. Yet the president-elect's supporters aren't backing down. Two people closest to Trump are threatening to quit.

Republican resistance to African American priorities threatens progress with voters of color

Republicans must acknowledge that the past history of voter suppression includes numerous efforts to disenfranchise people of color‚ from the Jim Crow era to the current day. White supremacists have been administering reading tests to Black voters for decades. While the U.S. Department of Justice has found no evidence that voters are committing fraud‚ Republican politicians have persistently repeated the conspiracy theory. After President Barack Obama's election‚ they ratcheted up their attacks on voting rights. The forces of racism helped Donald Trump win the election in 2016‚ and he framed his campaign as a reaction to the election of Barack Obama‚ the first African American president. The racism in his campaign was palpable. Many African Americans remained trapped in a world of white supremacy‚ with limited economic‚ social‚ and political rights. The racism he exemplified was so powerful that even the media began to focus on the white candidate. The white backlash campaign is an example of this preemptive‚ reactionary politics. Its objective is to highlight the risks of catastrophe by pointing to the slippery slopes of progress. During the Civil Rights Act's passage‚ it was a preemptive effort by Republicans to protect their white base. Despite the Civil Rights Act‚ many Republicans still resist any effort to reduce racial disparity. Despite the recent successes of President Obama‚ racial and ethnic minority voter suppression continues to hinder progress in the United States. While many of us are proud of the progress we've made in America‚ the United States has yet to end the era of racial discrimination. Its failure to guarantee voting rights for people of color threatens progress in democracy. So the Republican Party should restore Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and enact new laws prohibiting foreign countries from targeting the voting rights of people of color. Today‚ black communities continue to face a hostile environment‚ as rioters from white backgrounds ransacked a predominantly Black neighborhood. Many residents of the town were well-off‚ generating wealth among Black people‚ which was unprecedented in much of America. Yet in that same town‚ hundreds of Black people were murdered and nearly 10‚000 displaced. Their family trees were decimated and future opportunities were robbed. Despite the fact that the past few years have seen an unprecedented rise of Black Americans in elected office‚ the majority of these African American officeholders were freed during the Civil War. They served as ministers‚ teachers‚ and skilled craftsmen‚ among others. They were the natural next step in their leadership roles in their former communities. If their political ambitions are to continue in the White House‚ they must embrace the new African Americans' priorities.