By JOHN KANELIS / email@example.com
Stand tall, Liz Cheney.
The third-term Wyoming member of Congress today cast a vote that well could cost Cheney her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
She voted to impeach Donald Trump on an allegation of “incitement of insurrection.” Why is this courageous? Consider the following …
She represents an entire state that has just a single House seat apportioned to it. Wyoming, moreover, cast just a shade less than 70 percent of its votes for Trump in the 2020 presidential election. That means that Cheney’s “congressional district” is one of the most pro-Trump districts in the nation.
This vote today well could put Cheney’s political career in jeopardy if it angers enough of the Trumpsters out there who stand by their guy no matter what. Not only that, GOP hardliners in the House are considering how to respond to their colleague’s decision to break ranks with the Trump base of supporters in Congress.
I salute Rep. Cheney for standing on the principle of standing for the Constitution and forgoing allegiance to an individual politician.
I hasten to add that Liz Cheney comes from rock-ribbed Republican political tradition. She is the daughter of Dick Cheney who served, in order, as a congressman from Wyoming, White House chief of staff for President Ford, secretary of defense in the Bush 41 administration and vice president of the United States in the Bush 43 administration.
Whatever political threat she might face — from her House colleagues or from the voters at home — for standing up for the rule of law apparently didn’t faze Liz Cheney.
I applaud her courage.