Will “never Trumpism” ever die? Is Trump Derangement Syndrome inevitably fatal? Donald Trump is no longer President. The problem for TDS sufferers is he remains very popular, and a political force. But why?
It’s not because Republicans have put him at the pinnacle of some kind of deranged cult of personality. Republicans don’t do that. They have never seen their political leaders as god-like figures that will provide for all their needs, “lightbringers” that will solve all of mankind’s problems. They’re for limited government, not all-powerful government. They see politicians, instead, as hired hands, and where most politicians, including presidents, are concerned, they usually end up at least a little disappointed in them.
They liked Donald Trump because he was willing to be plain spoken, and most of all, to fight. He put America first, which is what Normal Americans have—silly them—always believed to be the minimum every American president ought to do. In that belief, even Republican presidents have disappointed them. Sure, they sometimes wished Trump would be a bit more quiet and less abrasive, but they realized they could put up with a hell of a lot of that kind of honesty and aggression in the pursuit of liberty, America’s interests and national security. To see all of my recent articles on Cheney, enter “cheney” in the SMM homepage search bar.
They also liked the fact he didn’t damage the Constitution, that he did his best to drain the swamp, and reestablish the rule of law, and he had real success, despite incredible odds against him—and America—from D/S/Cs and some Republicans, swamp-dwelling Republicans like Liz Cheney. Her political legacy and connections made her third in House leadership. Her inability to let go of Trump Derangement Syndrome, her ineptitude at fund raising, and inability to stop using D/S/C talking points to attack fellow Republican legislators and Americans, cost her that leadership position, and will, in 2022, remove her from office.
Is Cheney so deluded as to believe the D/S/C adulation she’s receiving is sincere and will last? Could she possibly believe the same people that called her father a murderer and war criminal could possibly be honest in their praise, praise which damages Republicans and Normal Americans? David Catron at Spectator.org, inquires:
It isn’t clear what she expects to gain from all this. It’s hard to believe she’s dumb enough to take the accolades she has been receiving from the left and the media seriously. As long as they can use her against the GOP, they will continue to praise her as a profile in courage. While she is willing to repeat conspiracy theories about Donald Trump, they will say she is speaking truth to power. But when she is no longer useful to them, they will return to reviling her. Indeed, that appears to have already begun. The New York Times ran a hit piece by Frank Bruni over the weekend titled, ‘Is Liz Cheney a Martyr — or Just a Hack in Holy Drag?’
Bruni snarls, ‘No sooner had I become overwhelmed by the corpulent body of journalism about Liz Cheney as some beacon of moral clarity than I began to feel besieged by dissents about what a wretched opportunist she really is.’ This is just a taste of what she’s in for. At the end of the day, she will have lost the trust of her fellow Republicans, forfeited the votes of her constituents, and the left will unceremoniously kick her into the political gutter.
They’ve already begun that process by fundraising over her not quite cold political body:
As I’m sure you’re aware, gentle readers, Cheney was voted out of her leadership position on 05-12-21. She did not go quietly, or with any sense of graciousness, as Fox News reports:
I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again never gets anywhere near the Oval Office,’ she said after being quickly removed as the Republican conference chair via voice vote. ‘We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody that will be faithful to the Constitution.’
If this sounds like D/S/C talking points, that’s because it is. D/S/Cs have, even before his inauguration, accused Trump of violating the Constitution. This is gross projection, and not one of them has ever been able to produce a single, coherent example of such violation. Their argument, rather, is he has stood in their way of damaging the Constitution, and Cheney, her feelings hurt, helps them in their lies. If D/S/Cs are praising you, you’re not helping America.
We must go forward based on truth. We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution,’ she said after the vote Wednesday. ‘The nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism. And I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward and I plan to lead the fight to do that.’
Let’s keep in mind D/S/Cs haven’t conceded a presidential election won by Republicans since the 80s. These are the people who have never admitted the 2016 election was legitimate, and did their best to overturn it with the Russia hoax and two separate idiotic impeachment attempts, the second when Trump was no longer in office! The “big lie” about which Cheney speaks is any suggestion the 2020 election was not honestly decided. Holding that belief is in no way damaging to the Constitution, but of course, D/S/Cs are working very hard to make wrong speech/think illegal, so perhaps one can’t blame Cheney too much for leaping on that bandwagon.
Cheney added: ‘We’ve got to get back to a place where we are a party that can fight for conservative principles that can fight for substance. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.’
And there, gentle readers, is another direct insult to Americans more than capable of knowing what actual conservative principles and “substance” are. They are certain Liz Cheney does not represent them. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who will be assuming the number three leadership spot, was a bit more uplifting:
Despite the media’s endless attempts to divide us, our Members are united in our laser focus on defeating the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and Speaker Pelosi, Stefanik said in a letter to fellow Republicans Wednesday.
She promised a ‘disciplined, unified message from our leadership team’ and said a ‘unified leadership team is the key foundation as we work to regain the Majority.’
House Republicans demonstrated that unity in removing Cheney. Donald Trump, true to form, responded to Cheney. I suspect most Normal Americans agree with him:
Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being,’ he said in a statement. ‘I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a Paid Contributor on CNN or MSDNC!’
I suspect Mr. Trump is right about Rep. Cheney’s future employment, though in the meantime, she seeks to further divide Republicans in any way she can as Breitbart.com explains:
Cheney, before being ousted as the conference chair, ‘told associates she doesn’t plan on going anywhere — and plans to run for re-election,’ according to Axios.
Associates close to Cheney have also told Axios, she ‘will take her case to the public with speeches and other appearances’ and plan a very active role in the midterm elections in order to try and ‘mold a future Republican Party that looks more like a Cheney party and less like a Trump party.’
Oh dear. As I’ve only recently returned to Wyoming, my personal knowledge of Wyoming politics is lacking, so I’ve turned to a number of old Wyoming hands. Their opinion of Cheney’s intelligence, temperament, honesty and dedication to actual conservative principles is, to put it mildly, less than complimentary. If she’s wise, the “speeches and other appearances,” about which she speaks would be best done somewhere other than Wyoming.
Cheney and her team has been intentional about painting the stakes as higher than a squabble about a leadership job, but instead about truth and the future of the Republican Party,’ Axios reported.
Despite the recent polling showing Cheney with terrible favorable numbers to run for another term, Cheney ‘will not accede to her colleagues’ desires to please shut up,’ and will continue to try and reshape the party.
Cheney’s recent poll numbers show her in trouble for the next election. The Club for Growth PAC shows the congresswoman with a negative net image. Cheney’s unfavorable rating stands at 65 percent with a net image of -36 percent, according to the last poll.
This is, in political terms, deadly. But how does she compare to Donald Trump?
In addition, 52 percent said they would rather vote for her opponent regardless of who runs against her. For comparison, the same poll found Trump’s favorability numbers to be an overwhelming 60 percent net positive.
The old Wyoming hands hold the same opinions, just more emphatically.
Liz Cheney has not been censored, silenced or canceled. She remains a Representative, a position of influence and power, and the D/S/C media will be only too happy to give her airtime as long as she uses it to further their talking points and narratives, none of which benefit America. She is no longer among the House leadership because of how she chose to use that power. All that remains to be seen is how much damage she can do to the Republican Party, and to America, in the future.