Political excommunication | The Seattle Times


The avoidance of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney by her House GOP caucus colleagues is the latest evidence that the Republican Party has become more of a personality cult than a political organization with a philosophy of government.

Cheney forcefully refuted Donald Trump’s absurd claims that the presidential election was stolen from him. In a Washington Post opinion piece, Cheney wrote, “I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative values ​​is respect for the rule of law. Each of us takes an oath before God to respect our Constitution. The Electoral College has spoken. More than 60 state and federal courts, including several Trump-appointed judges, have rejected the former president’s arguments and refused to overturn the election results. It is the rule of law; it is our constitutional system for resolving allegations of electoral fraud. “

Cheney said his party was at a crossroads, telling his compatriots that “we Republicans must stand up for genuinely conservative principles and move away from the dangerous, undemocratic cult of Trump’s personality.”

Next week, Cheney will likely get an answer to her argument when members of the Republican House plan to vote on whether she will be kicked out of her caucus leadership position and replaced by a Trump sycophant who has endorsed the “big lie.” “. about a stolen election. Right now, it looks like she will lose that vote.

In the cult of Trump, there is no room for true conservatives like Cheney, and this is a dangerous development for the GOP and for democracy in the United States.

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