Apparently, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) isn’t giving up her seat in Congress without putting up a fight first.
In a tweet directed at Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the congresswoman, who was unsuccessful in her attempt for reelection this month, described Cruz as someone who will “say anything, anytime” on Tuesday. Cheney also called Cruz a “chameleon,” saying, “He thinks he’s so smart no one can see through him.”
Cruz’s response to Cheney came in the form of a GIF, a format for short videos, and depicted a scene from the television show Mad Men. The image was captioned with the phrase, “I don’t think about you at all.“
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 30, 2022
The tweet from Cheney came after a video of the senator expressing support for “complete house cleaning” at the FBI was shared online by a liberal activist. In the video, the senator is heard saying that he would be in favor of such a move. Cruz later reacted to the reporter’s Twitter post by justifying his remarks about the FBI, which has come under attack from Republicans over recent complaints from whistleblowers and the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago villa part of an ongoing investigation into records.
In the Primary race for Wyoming’s at-large House seat earlier this month, Cheney was defeated by Harriet Hageman, who had Trump’s support. A schism has developed between Cheney and other members of the Republican Party as a result of her participation in the House committee that met on January 6 and her persistent criticism of Trump.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – who managed to hold the same House seat and leadership position all through his time in Congress. She saw a sharp rise in Congress, being appointed to the No. 3 GOP place in the House in her second term before the GOP conference decided to remove her from the job, bringing up her vote for impeachment and accusations of the former president.
The Republican National Committee rightfully voted to censure Liz Cheney for her choice to join the Jan. 6 select committee. These attacks came despite the fact that Liz Cheney had a conservative voting history. Her peers in the GOP accused her of being a “RINO.”
She has stated on multiple occasions that she does not regret her choice to speak by her opinions, arguing that failure to condemn conspiracy theories encompassing the results of the election puts democracy in jeopardy. This is despite the fact that she has received significant criticism for her stance on Trump.
During her concession speech, after the defeat at the hands of a Trump-chosen candidate, she took aim at Trump’s discourse and his role in the riot on January 6 at the Capitol. Cheney also made a passing reference to the fact that Abraham Lincoln lost races prior to becoming president (comparing herself to him). She did so in order to make the point that she may run for president in the future.
“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history,” she said.