Cheney Stands Up

Profile in Courage

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is the third-highest ranking Republican leader in the House. She is the daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney. Cheney published a courageous statement. Cheney announced that she’ll vote to impeach President Donald Trump. The impeachment is necessary because of his involvement in inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week.

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.

“I will vote to impeach the President.”

The vote to impeach came Wednesday afternoon, a week after a violent protest at the U.S. Capitol left people dead. Ten Republicans voted in support of the impeachment, which was the most supporting votes from the president’s party in any impeachment in the history of the United States.

Representative Kevin McCarthy is the House minority leader. He condemned Trump’s actions but did not vote to impeach.

“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said yesterday. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”

South Carolina Representatives

South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace said that the “the US House of Representatives has every right to impeach The President of the United States” for the insurrection on January 6, 2021.

Mace said “I believe we need to hold The President accountable — I hold him accountable, for the events that transpired, for the attack on our Capitol last Wednesday.”

However, she failed to actually vote to impeach. Unlike Republican Representative Tom Rice who voted to impeach Trump. Rice released the following statement:

“I was on the floor of the House of Representatives when the rioters were beating on the door with tear gas, zip tie restraints, and pipe bombs in their possession. It is only by the grace of God and the blood of the Capitol Police that the death toll was not much, much higher.”

“It has been a week since so many were injured, the United States Capitol was ransacked, and six people were killed, including two police officers. Yet, the President has not addressed the nation to ask for calm. He has not visited the injured and grieving. He has not offered condolences. Yesterday in a press briefing at the border, he said his comments were ‘perfectly appropriate.’”

“I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable.”