The prevailing consensus among corporate media is that Cheney lost her spot because the GOP does not tolerate criticism of Trump. But corporate media conveniently ignored the fact that Cheney was actually removed from leadership for acting in opposition to the conservative base.
Cheney famously—and vocally—voted to impeach Trump in January 2021, outraging the broader conservative base and aligning herself with the NeverTrump faction. Following this action, Cheney was confirmed in her leadership position in February by 145 of her fellow GOP members—a winning margin of 2 to 1. That vote, which placed pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was seen as another tone-deaf move by the GOP, which has been increasingly seen as out of touch and disdainful of its base.
Although Cheney has aligned herself with Trump in the past, she has increasingly shifted towards the NeverTrump camp at a time when voters have tired of an ineffectual and ununified GOP. And she has repeatedly outraged conservative voters by claiming that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election “fair and square”.
Why did Cheney choose to vocalize her anti-Trump sentiments now? Was her political positioning a symptom of something larger taking place? Is this really about Cheney or about something else altogether?
What are the real reasons McCarthy and the GOP finally acted? What is the outlook for the GOP with Cheney gone—and how will this impact Minority Leader McCarthy? And finally, will anything within the GOP actually change?
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