The Republican National Committee is preparing to make an official statement censuring ‘Never Trump’ Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who are both members on the Democrats’ January 6 committee.
While the move is a big step up, coming from the officially party, many are sure to be disappointed that it doesn’t go far enough.
A committee of the RNC voted Thursday to censure Cheney, Kinzinger and their positions on the House Select Committee that was ostensibly investigating Jan. 6’s riot at Capitol. The vote didn’t go far enough to call for their expulsion from the House GOP Caucus.
Now, the measure will be sent to the entire Republican National Committee to receive its approval.
With support from almost all corners of the country, the resolution to censure Liz Cheney & Adam Kinzinger is passed. @GOPFrom what I was able to tell, at the RNC Meeting.
Everyone seems to agree that Liz and Adam shouldn’t be calling themselves Republicans taking orders from Democrats.
— Tyler Bowyer 🇺🇸 (@tylerbowyer) February 4, 2022
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‘Not About Being Anti-Trump’
While many in the media and the Democrat Party have been pushing a narrative that some sort of loyalty must be paid to Donald Trump in order to remain in good standing with the party, National RNC Committee member Harmeet Dhillon said of the censure,
“This is not about them being anti-Trump. There are plenty of other people in the party who are anti-Trump whose names don’t appear in the resolution. These two took specific action to defy party leadership.”
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Part of the wording of the censure states the RNC will ‘immediately cease any and all support’ of Kinzinger and Cheney as members of the party and ‘those who deliberately jeopardize victory in November.’
A resolution was signed by 50 House GOP lawmakers to eliminate Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and other members of the GOP. It is not possible to remove all 50 House GOP members.
— GreatAmericanMail (@mail_american) February 3, 2022
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There are not enough strong statements to convince everyone
On Friday, the entire RNC will vote on the censure resolution. It is most likely to pass. However, those who were leading the call for action against Cheney or Kinzinger desired a stronger statement.
David Bossie (a Maryland RNC Committee member and also an advisor to Trump) and Frank Eathorne (Wyoming GOP Party Chair), had originally pushed for both their expulsions from the House GOP caucus.
However, not everyone was onboard with the idea of censure and expulsion. The initial draft of the resolution was rejected by several RNC members who felt that the language was “too inflammatory.”
Mere censuring of Kinzinger and Cheney for serving as Nancy Pelosi’s most useful handmaidens seems insufficient, given their leading roles in violating the privacy and civil rights of so many Americans, but I suppose it’s a start.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 4, 2022
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Cheney and Kinzinger Are On Their Way Out
RNC members are censuring is an unusual act.
Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney were two of the ten Republicans that voted against Donald Trump’s impeachment. Cheney has several primary opponents in Wyoming. The Wyoming Republican Party, however, voted in November to discredit Cheney’s status as a Republican.
Adam Kinzinger will be leaving Capitol Hill. Kinzinger will not run for reelection, as Illinois Democrats effectively redistricted his office, despite Kinzinger’s loyalty and fealty.
In response, Cheney called GOP leadership “willing hostages to Trump.” Kinzinger’s Deputy Chief of Staff Maura Gillespie stated in an email that for the RNC, “time would be better served by focusing on 2022 rather than an unprecedented and shortsighted effort to purge two lifelong Republicans for simply telling the truth and upholding their oaths of office.”
Ronna McDaniel (RNC Chair), is reported to have supported the resolution. Senator Mitt Romney (R.-UT), her uncle, tweeted the usual RINO response.
Shame is due to a party who would denigrate people of conscience for seeking truth in spite of all the vitriol. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are honored for their pursuit of truth, even if it means they have to pay a high price.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 4, 2022