Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz rallied in Wyoming on Thursday against a strong congresswoman who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump.
10 House Republicans went against the party line, earlier this month.
The most prominent of those: Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Cheney, the daughter of former vice chairman Dick Cheney, faces backlash for that vote, including the likelihood of censure from the Wyoming Republican Party and being stripped of her job as House Republican Conference Chair.
There is also a replacement push to urge Congresswoman Cheney out of office.For decades, the Cheney name has been Republican gold in Wyoming.
Now, though, Cowboy State Republicans are rising up against a Cheney — Liz Cheney, their at-large U.S. Representative, third-highest ranking Republican in Congress and one among 10 House Republicans to vote for the newest Article of Impeachment against former President Trump.
“I mean, i feel it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Republican State Sen. Anthony Bouchard of Wyoming’s 6th district said.
Sen. Bouchard announced a primary challenge to Cheney just days after her vote for impeachment.
“Wyoming is that the state that, you know, had more people pull the lever for Donald Trump, both times. i feel the voters want to send a robust statement to D.C.,” he said.
This isn’t just local politics. The movement to primary Cheney brought a Trump loyalist, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida to the Wyoming State Capitol.
Most of these gathered in Cheyenne are still hanging on to the defeated president as their standard-bearer and that’s fine with Gaetz.
“I think this is often Donald Trump’s party, and I’m a Donald Trump Republican. i would like to ascertain the vision and therefore the policies of our past president still inform on our values and our actions. Liz Cheney represents a reversion to yesterday’s Republican Party ,” Rep. Gaetz said.
Republican State Rep. Landon Brown of Wyoming’s 9th district may be a Cheney-supporting Republican who isn’t worried about the challenge.
“Truth be told, you know, the records show that Representative Cheney voted more in line with President Trump than Matt Gaetz has in his two years,” Rep. Brown said. “Yes, Representative Cheney cast a vote that was contrary to a really large portion of Wyoming’s populous. But i will be able to also say, you know, in my support of Representative Cheney, I received plenty of support, and that i know she is receiving plenty of support also .”
Even Democrats said they don’t take delight over the divide within the opposition.
“You are seeing now a resistance movement within the Republican Party , creating a full out war . And that’s what’s happening in Wyoming immediately is you’re seeing Liz Cheney and a couple of others attempt to hold on to something that appears just like the pre-Trump Republican Party ,” said Democrat U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of latest York’s 18th district .
Congressman Maloney chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“I think Democrats got to provide a positive path forward for our country. and that we can do this , with reasonable loyal opponents within the Republican Party , the way we've for generations,” he said. “We may have strong disagreements about policy. But we fundamentally love our country, and that we are both grounded actually . But I’m quite alarmed by what I’m seeing within the Republican Party . this is often a replacement breed of cat.”
Republicans are alarmed also . House legislator Kevin McCarthy during a Wednesday call with members of his caucus told them to “cut that crap out” in regard to intraparty attacks happening .
Michael Shure: What’s your reaction to Leader McCarthy?
Rep. Gaetz: i feel the people that assembled here to share their patriotism wouldn’t deem this crap in the least , they might deem this as an exercise of their First Amendment .
Congressman Gaetz came to a state that's talking like he's about bucking the establishment.
“We see an institution that always moves which it’s like they, all of them scurry within the same direction. and that i think that folks are saying that now. They’re uninterested in it,” said Bouchard.
Rep. Brown isn’t worried.
“There’s absolutely no concerns in my opinion and absolutely no concerns on people who know Representative Cheney that she is and always are going to be a champion for the State of Wyoming,” he said.