GOP moving to censure Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for persecution of citizens engaged in political discourse

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The National Republican Committee, made up of Republican leaders from every state, is expected on Friday to formally condemn Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois for their role in the special House committee on the January 6 Attack on the Capitol. A condemnation would withdraw all support from them from the party and its subdivisions.

A resolution coming out of the GOP Resolutions committee on Thursday says that Cheney and Kinzinger care more about destroying former President Donald Trump than they do about winning back a Republican majority in the House. Friday is the last day of the GOP Winter meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The resolution being advanced says that the two are participating in a “Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse, and they are both utilizing their past professed political affiliation to mask Democrat abuse of prosecutorial power for partisan purposes.”

It goes on to say the GOP “hereby formally censures Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and shall immediately cease any and all support of them as members of the Republican Party for their behavior which has been destructive to the institution of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republican Party and our republic, and is inconsistent with the position of the Conference.”

As for Cheney, she came out swinging with a statement on Twitter:

“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy. I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what,” she wrote from her campaign Twitter handle.

Nearly one year ago, the Alaska Republican Party made a similar censure of Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her vote to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial. But it’s unclear if the national GOP is going to remain silent on that or assist Murkowski in her bid for re-election. A resolution by the Alaska Republican Party to request the national party withdraw support from Murkowski failed because the resolution was seen as needing more work.

Murkowski formally announced in November that she is a candidate for 2022, and even though the party has requested that she leave the party, she filed as a Republican. Her main opponent is Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who has been endorsed by Trump.

Murkowski has the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

In the Alaska House of Representatives, the Democrats are trying to punish Rep. David Eastman for going to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 to hear the former president speak, and for his membership in the nonprofit group known as the Oath Keepers.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Lizzy,
    It’s not Trump. It’s your willingness to be part of a partisan witch hunt of US citizens in your psychotic zeal to get at Trump. BLM and Antifa got more due process than the people you are hounding. If you were so sure of your righteous cause they’d be treated like any other prisoners with the rights the Constitution demands.
    In order to “save” the Constitution from the bad Orange man, you team up with Pelosi to shred it.
    God willing with the next election cycle the remaining vestiges of the Bush family machine will be out of office for good.

    • Why do people such as yourself continually push BLM and Antifa as some Democratic political movement. It’s no such thing. There was no denying who the insurrectionist were tied to.

      • Maybe because BLM and Antifa (sic) ARE Democratic political movements?
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        And in return, I will ask you, Susan: Why do so many if not most Democrats and (radical) leftists deny obvious reality at every turn?

  2. I agree that too much is being made of the January 6 Capitol riot and far, far too little was made about the so-called black lives matter take-over of Portland and Seattle. However, saying that the January 6 event was “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse” will back-fire with actual ordinary citizens. As a matter of fact it’s very stupid.

  3. Liz is a great person. She stand up for the constitution unlike most of the Republican Party. I can hardly wait for the election.

  4. Remind me again how Republicans are not into Cancel Culture.

    How about that Jobs report? Thank you, Brando!!!!

  5. Spoiler alert legislators do not persecute, however the Justice Department prosecutes law breakers under our judicial system

  6. Oh the irony! Right wing Congressmen (and women, I presume) condemning a solid, highly conservative Rep and her semi-moderate colleague for being not nearly RINO enough, claiming the banished miscreants to be the ones who are trying to do the censuring and not realizing they THEMSELVES end up calling their own kettle black.
    Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.
    But really, when will the clown car that the Banana Republicans have become run out of absurdities, blatant lies, and blind subservience to the Orange Monster?
    Or get banished by voters who finally come to their senses?

  7. The persons who attended the January 6 rally are not being prosecuted, unless they stormed the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting only persons who were part of the mob that stormed the Capitol, attacked and injured police officers, broke doors and windows, and stole and damaged property. I have no sympathy for those persons and agree that they should be prosecuted. They crossed the line from attending a political rally to participating in criminal acts when they attacked the Capitol and the police officers working there.

    The January 6 Committee is investigating the cause of the attack on the Capitol, and the efforts by Trump and his cronies to overturn the results of the 2020 election. It is utterly preposterous for the RNC to say that the investigation of these activities amounts to the “ persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.” The RNC has lost its mind, and is out of touch with reality.

    • Weird, is that why people who did not enter the capital building are being held for nearly a year, for mere trespassing charges, or no charges at all? Is this why the committee and the keystone cops refuse to release over 11,000 hours of closed circuit surveillance footage? You might actually use the power of Google before making accusations from your backside.

  8. Censure Lisa, but why me? I can’t find a Republican District that will let me in to their coffee hour to explain myself. Frankie and I don’t deserve this kind of embarrassment.

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