Donald Trump re-emerged at the Conservative Political Action Conference to reassert his leadership over the Republican Party.
That was bad news for establishment Republicans that hoped to purge Trump from the GOP.
And all hell broke loose when Donald Trump said these five words about Liz Cheney.
Donald Trump spoke to a packed crowd at CPAC shortly after Trump won the conference’s presidential preference straw poll.
In his speech, Trump told the crowd that what united the Republican Party was support for his America First agenda.
Trump told the crowd that for all the talk of a supposed civil war in the GOP, the grassroots of the party was unified and the only division originated from a group of “beltway insiders.”
Donald Trump claimed this small collection of “RINOs” were out to sabotage the Republican Party just because they lost control of the reins of power.
“The RINOs that we’re surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party and the American worker and will destroy our country itself,” Trump stated.
To correct this problem, Trump pledged to continue “actively working to elect strong, tough and smart Republican leaders.”
Trump then listed the 17 Republicans that supported impeachment in the House of Representatives and voted to convict Trump in the Senate trial.
But Trump devoted special attention to Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
Cheney—who is the Republican Conference Chair—not only voted to impeach Trump, but she’s continually bashed Trump in the press and told anyone that will stick a microphone in her face that the Republican Party must purge Donald Trump and his voters.
Trump ripped Cheney as a “warmonger” and laced into Cheney as a “person that loves seeing our troops fighting.”
In point of fact, Cheney is so committed to forever war that Cheney colluded with Democrats to slip language into the National Defense Authorization Act to block Trump from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
Trump raised the prospect of defeating Cheney in the 2022 election.
“So hopefully they’ll get rid of her with the next election,” Trump declared.
In fact, Cheney is facing a serious primary challenge.
A recent survey by Trump campaign pollster John McLaughlin showed Wyoming state Senator Anthony Bouchard leading Cheney by 30 points.
Trump cited those findings declaring that Cheney’s“poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen.”
Liz Cheney thought the emotion of the moments immediately following the January 6 riot at the Capitol would whip up a groundswell of Republican outrage at Donald Trump and lead to a stampede of Republicans supporting impeaching, convicting and barring Trump from ever holding office again.
But Cheney badly misread the mood of GOP voters as the rank-and-file of the Republican Party stood by Donald Trump.
Now it’s Cheney who is the one facing a massive backlash against her by her fellow Republicans.
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