The Wyoming Republican Party’s state central committee voted Saturday on a resolution which, among other things, censures Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. who was one of the 10 Republicans that voted to impeach President Donald Trump.
The vote reportedly came after just 11 minutes of debate, with just three people speaking against censoring the state’s lone representative in the House. Wyoming Republicans called for Cheney to resign.
One of them was Alex Muromcew, Teton County Chairman, who called the move a part of left-wing trend of cancel culture”, and called against removing “anyone we disagree with”.
The resolution also stated that the destruction of property at the January 6. protests at the Capitol Hill were instigated by “Antifa and BLM radicals” and that Trump at no point called for violence.
On January 6. protesters gathered in front of the Capitol to demonstrate against alleged election fraud. Some of the protesters stormed the Capitol, which was protected by armed security.
While the protestors were attempting to get in, the secret service opened fire and shot one woman, Ashli Babbitt, who died at the spot.
The Wyoming state central committee vote followed at least a dozen county-level Republican committees which had already passed censure resolutions of their own, and several candidates in the state have already announced primary challenges for 2022.
Other Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment have already been denounced by their organizations.
The South Carolina Republican party voted to censure Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., and the Arizona Republican Party has censured Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake for their impeachment votes. Arizona Republicans also censured Cindy McCain for her 2020 endorsement of Joe Biden.
On the other hand, House Republicans voted 145-61 to allow Cheney to keep her role as House Republican Conference Chair.
Cheney was not present at the vote, and stated that she would not stand down.
“I’m honored to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress and will always fight for the issues that matter most to our state,” Cheney said in a statement issued shortly after the vote.
“Foremost among these is the defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution. Wyoming citizens know that this oath does not bend or yield to politics or partisanship.”
In a Fox News interview, Cheney accused Wyoming Republicans that voted in favor of the resolution of believing in conspiracy theories.
“Well, I think you have to read the language of the censure,” Cheney said. “People in the party are mistaken, they believe that BLM and Antifa were behind what happened here at the Capitol. That’s just simply not the case, it’s not true”.
“People have been lied to”, Cheney stated, and went on to say that “the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie”.
“The single greatest threat to our republic is a president who would put his own self-interest above the Constitution, above the national interest”, Cheney stated, adding that “President Trump claimed for months that the election was stolen and the apparently set about to do everything he could to steal it himself”.