Joe Biden said yesterday that he believes the Republican party is experiencing a “mini-revolution” as it considers how to move forward after Donald Trump’s presidency.
“It seems as though the Republican party is trying to identify what it stands for,” the president told reporters at the White House. “They’re in the midst of a significant sort of mini-revolution.”
Biden said that this seems to be the worst internal party conflict he has ever seen in his decades-long political career.
“I think Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point,” the president said.
Liz Cheney’s Washington Post op-ed, which published yesterday, comes as Donald Trump has endorsed Elise Stefanik to replace her as House Republican conference chairwoman.
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership,” Trump said in a statement yesterday. “Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!”
In her op-ed, Cheney called on fellow Republicans to “steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality”.
“History is watching. Our children are watching,” Cheney wrote. “We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.”
Cheney warns GOP is at ‘turning point’ as House members plot her ouster
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House Republicans are pushing forward with efforts to remove congresswoman Liz Cheney from her role as conference chairwoman because of her criticism of Donald Trump and the “big lie” that there was widespread fraud in the presidential election.
According to Politico, Cheney has resigned herself to her fate:
House Republican sources tell us Cheney is ‘checked out’ and already accepting her fate. Unlike the last attempt to oust her in February, which she handily defeated, she’s not making calls or whipping. A source close to Cheney said she intends to lean on the argument that leaders should be able to say what they think is right without repercussions.
But Cheney is not going silently. She penned an explosive Washington Post op-ed warning that the party is at a “turning point”.
“Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution,” Cheney wrote.
“While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fundraising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country.”
The blog will have more details on the intraparty feud coming up, so stay tuned.