At a GOP gathering focused on policy, she said she’s not ruling out a future bid for the White House. Then, on national television, the Wyoming Republican fist bumped President Joe Biden, before his first address to Congress.
The House GOP Conference chair and highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress has made herself the face of the anti-Trump wing of the Republican Party.
This has placed a target on her back as the former president seeks retribution and vows to back a primary challenge to her next year while he fights to maintain an iron grip on the party.
Some pro-Trump Republicans say 2022 is too long to wait to oust Cheney, who demonstrated this week she will not be silenced.
Some of those GOP colleagues are saying it’s time for her to go and that it’s only a matter of time before Cheney is pushed out of leadership.
“It’s at a boiling point. This isn’t about Liz Cheney wanting to impeach Donald Trump; this isn’t about Donald Trump at all. It’s about Liz Cheney being completely out of synch with the majority of our conference,” said one GOP lawmaker, who said Cheney’s antics this week were the focus of a flurry of text messages with House colleagues.
“As we're focused on unifying the Republican conference and our mission to win back the majority, she is focused on the past and proving a point,” the lawmaker told The Hill. “She is alienating herself from the conference, and I have to imagine if she doesn't resign there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be lopsided in the opposite direction of what it was before."
“She may go down in a second vote,” added a second GOP lawmaker, who had voted in February to keep Cheney in her leadership post.
On Saturday, Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) tweeted that Cheney would be out by the end of May: "Liz Cheney has promised she will campaign on impeaching Trump 'every day of the week.' Good luck with that, Liz!
"PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!"
Trump attacked Cheney this week as a “warmongering fool” and predicted she would soon announce her retirement from politics, which she dismissed this week as “wishful thinking.”
“You can tell that she’s trying to define the Republican party in the neo-conservative mold of the party,” Sen. Cynthia Lummis, a fellow Wyoming Republican, told The Hill, “and that’s a different type of Republican than I am, so it will be interesting to see how this all goes.”
Through a spokesman, Cheney declined to be interviewed.