In a closed door meeting between top Republican legislators, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has retained her leadership role after Republicans voted in a secret ballot. This comes after Cheney voted to impeach President Donald Trump, has repeatedly spoken out against him, and has only a 10% approval rating among her own constituents.
The overwhelming majority of Republican legislators voted to keep Cheney, despite widespread accusations that she does not represent her constituents. She retained her leadership position with 145 votes, as opposed to 61 votes to oust her. One Republican voted “present.”
61 vote to oust her
145 vote to keep her
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 4, 2021
This also comes after Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, who nearly in the same breath called fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, endorsed Cheney’s leadership bid. McCarthy has repeatedly defended Cheney.
Cheney’s behavior was so reprehensible among Republican voters in Wyoming that she was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party days after the party posted a scathing letter containing remarks they received from their constituents.
Cheney also now has an embarrassingly low 10% approval rating among her own constituents. National File reported:
A survey undertaken by the Save America PAC has found that support for US Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), once one of the Republican Party’s rising stars and the number 3 most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, has fallen to a devastatingly low 10 percent among Wyoming Republicans.
The survey, paid for by Save America, President Donald Trump’s new Political Action Committee (PAC), painted a dreary picture for Cheney’s re-election chances, as well as her current political standing.
Cheney’s drastic decline in popularity among her Republican colleagues and her constituency began immediately after her vote to impeach then-President Trump on the unsubstantiated claim that he contributed to the chaos and violence at the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
Some have suggested the move represents Republicans caring more about preserving the current balance of power within their own party than pursuing policies and candidates that are capable of representing their voters.