Misplaced outrage

If there is any more glaring example of the schism developing in the Republican party, it is the case of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted with Democrats, one of 10 Republicans to do so, to impeach former President Donald Trump for his part in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. She said Sunday she would likely vote to convict Trump if she were in the Senate.

On Saturday, the Wyoming Republican Committee voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney and demand that she resign from the House.

The censure document faulted Cheney for voting to impeach Trump “without formal hearing or due process.” We wonder what the Wyoming Republican Committee thought about Trump summoning his supported to Washington on the day Congress was to validate the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden, and urging them march to the Capitol and “stop the steal.”

“Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about. And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal,” Trump said. The crowd followed his urging, and many of them broke into the Capitol looking to subvert the results of the presidential election.

So Republicans in Wyoming are censuring Rep. Cheney for voting to support the Constitution and the validity of the election, while apparently saying nothing about the former president’s actions. It’s a conundrum happening all around the country, sadly.


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