Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) traveled to Wyoming for a rally on Thursday at the state capitol, where he denounced the state’s At-Large Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for her vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, as reported by Fox News.
Speaking to a crowd of Wyoming Trump supporters, Gaetz declared Cheney to be a member of the “establishment in both political parties [that] have teamed up to screw our fellow Americans for generations.” Gaetz also slammed Cheney’s hawkish approach to foreign policy, saying that “there’s basically two things that Liz Cheney has done in the United States Congress: Frustrate the agenda of President Trump, and sell out to the forever war machine.”
Continuing to attack her foreign policy views, which are similar to those of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Gaetz responded to one of Cheney’s previous criticisms of him for wearing makeup in his TV appearances, saying “It’s really easy for me to get a little makeup off my shirt. Far more difficult for Liz Cheney to get the blood off her hands for sending America’s best to foreign lands to die.”
Cheney, who is the current Chair of the House Republican Conference and thus the third-highest ranking Republican member of the House, has been facing overwhelming backlash after she emerged as the leader of the pro-impeachment Republican wing effort in the House of Representatives. On January 13th, Cheney and nine other House Republicans voted in favor of impeaching President Trump for a second time, over baseless allegations that he “incited an insurrection” after mostly peaceful pro-Trump protesters entered the United States Capitol on January 6th.
Cheney has already been formally censured by at least one county GOP in her home state of Wyoming, and there is allegedly overwhelming support among the House GOP caucus to pass a vote of no confidence in her leadership, which would remove her from her post as Caucus Chair.