“We are in a battle for the soul of the Republican party, and I intend to win it,” said Gaetz on Thursday. “You can help me break a corrupt system. You can send a representative who actually represents you, and you can send Liz Cheney home — back home to Washington, DC.”
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said.
But Cheney’s decision has sparked a retaliation in Wyoming, which Trump won in 2020 with nearly 70% of the vote, the most of any state in the country.
And over 55,000 people have apparently signed onto a Change.org petition started by Wyoming resident Shelley Horn to “recall” Cheney. Horn told CNN she doesn’t consider herself a political person — she said she “usually” makes tutus and minds “my businesses” — but couldn’t stomach her congresswoman’s decision.
“You just can’t go, ‘Oh well, I need to vote with my conscience.’ No! Vote for what your people put you in there to do,” Horn told CNN. “You’re a Republican, you’re supposed to back your party regardless.”
Dr. Taylor Haynes, a Trump supporter who lost in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial Republican primary, told CNN, “In my view, she’s done in Wyoming.”
Gaetz and other Trump allies have pushed for Cheney to step down from her leadership position as conference chair of the House GOP. Now Gaetz, who represents the western panhandle of Florida, has taken the extraordinary step of campaigning against Cheney in her own state, and the interventionist foreign policy personified by her and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Thursday’s mostly maskless crowd was filled with signs both in support of Gaetz — “Impeach Cheney” — and the congresswoman — “Cheney Spoke Truth.”
coalesce around a single candidate to challenge her, as some people cheered for Bouchard. The Trump political operation commissioned…
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