The Republican Party voted this morning to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (WI) from her position as the 3rd-ranking member of GOP leadership as punishment for her repeated attacks on disgraced former president Donald Trump and her emphatic refusal to embrace the Big Lie that President Biden stole the election through mass voter fraud.
While Cheney’s politics are inarguably vile in their own right, the move to jettison her from leadership constitutes a grim omen for the future of the Republican Party. It shows that the GOP, though always connected tenuously at best to any kind of principles, now stands for nothing beyond allegiance to Trump, an idiotic, racist, serial sexual predator. As an organization, they’re unmoored from any kind of guiding ethos and exist solely to spread cruelty and pander to perceived grievances. They are rapidly hurtling towards outright fascism.
Not surprisingly, the worst of the parasitic cretins to have burrowed into the rotting elephantine husk of the GOP in recent years were quick to celebrate the Cheney vote. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), known for her support of the deranged QAnon narrative and other similarly unhinged conspiracy theories, accused Cheney of having “Trump derangement syndrome,” a phrase used by MAGA world to describe any reasonable criticisms of the worst president in American history.
Greene stated that she has asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to delay the replacement vote so there are “choices,” which certainly makes it seem like she has ambitions to seize a leadership position for herself. While it seems unlikely that’ll she get Cheney’s old job, giving it to her would at least have the advantage of demonstrating once and for all that the Republican Party has completely abandoned sanity.
Greene’s gun fetishist pal Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made the ominous pronouncement that Cheney represents the Republican Party “of the past” and that they will not be “going back.” In other words: more Trump, more lies, more authoritarianism.
Liz Cheney is the GOP of the past. We are not going back.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 12, 2021
Other Republican officials were quick to champion the Cheney decision, including accused sexual predator Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) who decided to employ particularly childish verbiage. At this point, there is nothing left worth saving in this party. It must be overwhelmingly rejected at the ballot box and consigned to the ideological graveyard of history.
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) May 12, 2021
The GOP is moving forward with an America First agenda. Liz Cheney continually put personal vendettas over the American people and was no longer in step with GOP leadership. I'm glad my colleagues agreed.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 12, 2021
.@SenJoniErnst: “At the end of the day we should not be arguing about who is saying what. We should focus on unity, coming together and making sure that the Republicans are securing seats in 2022.” pic.twitter.com/jucPiKl0Re
— The Hill (@thehill) May 12, 2021
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.