Try as they might, the Republican Party cannot rid itself of Donald Trump. Now that the dust has cleared from his decisive defeat in the 2020 election, it’s obvious that his grip over the Republican Party is as strong as it ever was, and any disloyalty towards the Great Leader is met with immediate ostracization from his fanatic followers.
Unfortunately for the GOP, loyalty towards Trump demands a rejection of reality itself and the unquestioning acceptance of his narcissistic delusion that the 2020 election was stolen from him by the Biden campaign. The disgruntled real estate mogul’s baseless claims of election fraud are the root of the conflict that has been publicly playing out over the past few days as Trump loyalists seek to expel the third-highest ranking Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from their caucus over her refusal to promote Trump’s “Big Lie.”
On Tuesday, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy made it clear he would be siding with Trump and was willing to move to oust Rep. Cheney from her role as Republican Conference Chairwoman as rank-and-file Republicans hunger for vengeance against the disloyal.
“I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message. We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward,” said McCarthy to FOX and Friends. Off the air, a hot mic conveniently caught McCarthy saying “I’ve had it with her.”
It has not gone unnoticed how quickly the GOP leadership was ready to throw one of their few female representatives under the bus and how obediently Minority leader McCarthy and Minority whip Steve Scalise responded to the ex-president’s demands to purge the disloyal.
Former Republican strategist Ana Navarro slammed them as “eunuchs” on CNN last night, hitting them where it hurts the most for slavishly running to fulfill Trump’s every will.
“This is not about right or left. This is about right or wrong. This is about truth or Trump. This is about convictions or conspiracies. I’m going to tell you something I just want to get off my chest that I’m so disgusted by, so disgusted by two women lending themselves to this political witch-hunt against Liz Cheney. One is Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, a Republican who has been chosen by leadership to introduce the motion to remove Cheney, and the other one is Elise Stefanik. Surely they realize they are window dressing as women, being used as women because they are backstabbing another woman.”
Of course. It’s politically ambitious. It’s blind political ambition at the cost of principles, at the cost of conviction, at the cost of truth, at the cost of democracy. It is fear. Listen, look, the reason Liz Cheney’s being removed is not because she’s telling the truth. The reason Liz Cheney is being removed is because she’s embarrassing and humiliating the cowards and lemmings who refuse to acknowledge the fact that Donald Trump lost the election and helped lead an insurrection that breached the Capital on January 6th. They don’t take responsibility for that. They are embarrassed by the fact that Liz Cheney revealed them to be what they are, a bunch of eunuchs on their knees worshipping at the altar of Donald Trump.”
Right-wing propaganda rag Breitbart called her out for her words, but Navarro hit back with proud defiance.
While Liz Cheney is a monster in her own right and nobody should shed a tear to see her go, it is astonishing to see the Republican Party move so decisively to keep promoting these dangerous delusions from a narcissistic would-be despot — and hints at even darker horrors should they ever regain power.
I meant what I said.
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— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) May 7, 2021
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.