The only woman in the Republican Senate leadership complained about the cancellation culture on Monday, regarding the impending impeachment of Liz Cheney, the only woman in the Republican House leadership, because she opposes Donald’s big lie. Trump that the presidential election was stolen.
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst He said Reporters: “I feel like it’s okay to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, canceling culture is canceling culture, no matter how you look at it.
“Unfortunately, I think there are those who are trying to silence others at the party.”
The “cancellation of culture” has become a shibboleth of the modern Republican party, invoked repeatedly when public figures become embroiled in controversies over opinions or statements deemed racist, sexist, or otherwise unacceptable.
On Monday, the trainer of the horse that won the Kentucky Derby but later tested positive for drugs claimed to be a victim of the cancellation culture himself.
Cheney of Wyoming is expected to lose her No. 3 leadership role in a close vote on Wednesday, to be replaced by Elise Stefanik of New York.
Cheney is a hard-line conservative, but he has rejected Trump’s lie that Joe Biden won the White House through massive electoral fraud. She was one of 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of her impeachment over the Capitol riot on January 6.
Stefanik voted against impeachment. She too objected to to the electoral results of Pennsylvania, one of the states challenged by Republicans in the service of Trump’s lie.
CNN reported that Cheney believes the party suffers from “collective amnesia” and fear of Trump.
Ernst said he supported Trump and his policies, “but I still think we shouldn’t try to cancel the voices. What we can do is come together and try to win seats in 2022. I think that’s what we should all be focusing on. “
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has calculated that capitulating to Trump, as most of the party has done, is his best path to winning the House in next year’s midterm elections.
There are signs of discontent. Speaking anonymously, one representative described how “not a member of the [hard-right] Freedom Caucus not a moderate ”told Politico:“ Kevin McCarthy has pissed off enough members of his own conference that he will have to go back to his former days like a whip to try to figure out where his votes are ”to become a speaker.
“I would worry if I were him … There are people like me, who are here to do the right thing for all the right reasons and have an expectation of leadership, who are, shall we say, disgusted with the internal disputes that result from having leadership. weak. And it is weak leadership. Directly “.
The anonymous Republican also accused McCarthy of having no moral compass, given his refusal to act against right-wing extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who faces allegations of drug use and sex with a girl. minor, which he denies.
Trump has backed the move against Cheney and backed Stefanik.
On a letter to his party on MondayMcCarthy said: “This is not the time to take your eyes off the ball. If we are to be successful in preventing the radical Democratic agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts must be resolved so as not to detract from the efforts of our collective team. “
The same day an AP poll was conducted that showed Biden with a 63% approval rating. Perhaps most concerning to Republicans dissatisfied with McCarthy is that 71% of those surveyed thought Biden was doing a good job of addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism