In Today’s House GOP, sadly, it’s easier to attack the woman speaking the truth rather than condemn the disgraced former President so shamefully spreading destructive lies. Remarkably, stating the obvious in Washington is often a revelation or a gaffe, depending on the circumstances. Not in Liz Cheney’s case. Her forthrightness threatens those GOP members who live in mortal fear of Trump-instigated primary opponents who will pledge complete fidelity to the former President.
Woe to any GOP congressman who publicly contradicts Trump’s tall tale about the election being stolen from him. Such heresy will not be tolerated. Better to keep your head down and mouth shut rather than incur the wrath of the disgraced, defeated former President.
Of course, silencing Cheney will not silence hard-hitting Democratic campaign ads against those who aided and abetted Donald Trump’s assault on the constitutional order that resulted in the insurrection. News flash: Whitewashing the events of January 6 will not erase what Americans actually witnessed on that dreadful day.
What these outstanding leaders need are vocal GOP followers in Congress. If a critical mass of GOP congresspeople speaks up, the Trump stolen election narrative will change. So many GOP congresspeople privately want to separate from Trump and seek a new direction for the GOP.
For this to happen, however, these GOP members will need to go public, find their voices, lose their fear of primary defeat and then risk their jobs in order to save them. Both the Party of Lincoln and the country will be better for it.