True to Trump, Republican Party censors Cheney, Kinzinger | Politics News

The two Republicans who sit on the January 6 committee had voted in 2020 to dismiss the former president for insurrection.

The Republican Party’s national governing body has voted to censor two leading critics of Donald Trump in a move that signals the strength of the former president’s continued grip on the party and his outsized influence on politics in the United States.

Members of the Republican National Committee (RNC), meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday passed a resolution formally censuring Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Both had voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on the U.S. Capitol.

The RNC resolution accuses Cheney and Kinzinger, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, of “destructive” conduct and “advancing a political agenda” favorable to the Democrats.

On the same day, after thousands of rioters called for the lynching of lawmakers and stormed the halls of Congress to prevent certification of the 2020 election results, the RNC publicly condemned the violence calling it a “attack on our country and its founding principles” in a statement.

Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans to serve on a U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol. The official investigation focuses on Trump’s campaign to overturn the 2020 election result won by Joe Biden. Republicans largely boycotted the investigation.

“We want to send the message that we disapprove of their conduct,” Harmeet Dhillon, a member of the Republican National Committee, told the media. “It’s not about being anti-Trump. Many anti-Trump Republicans are not included in this resolution. These two took a specific step to challenge the leadership of the party.

The RNC resolution accuses Kinzinger and Cheney of “participating in Democratic-led persecution against ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political speech” and of “using their professed political affiliation in the past to mask the abuse by Democrats of the power to prosecute for partisan purposes”.

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill includes, center right, Vice President Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger [J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo]

The RNC will “immediately cease all support” of Kinzinger and Cheney as party members and denounce “those who deliberately jeopardize victory in November,” the resolution says.

In a statement ahead of the vote, Cheney slammed Republicans for abandoning American Democratic principles in favor of Trump.

“Republican Party leaders have made themselves the willing hostages of a man who admits trying to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon the Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney said. .

“I am a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. Anyway,” Cheney said.

Kinzinger also pushed back against the RNC’s action, pledging to continue his work on the January 6 committee. From Illinois, he announced he would not run again in November.

Cheney and Kinzinger were among a group of 10 Republicans who voted in the House to impeach Trump for insurrection after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot.

Importantly, the RNC resolution paves the way for the national party to provide financial support to Harriet Hageman, a Trump-endorsed lawyer who is challenging Cheney for the Republican nomination in Wyoming’s only congressional district in August.

Cheney ended December with more than $4.7 million in campaign funds, while Hageman had $381,000 at the end of December, according to Federal Election Commission disclosure forms.

But Cheney’s militant grassroots state party opposed her. In a poll conducted by the Republican Wyoming State Central Committee in late January, Cheney won just six votes while Hageman garnered 59.

“Shame falls on a party that would censor people of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol,” Sen. Mitt Romney said in a tweet as the RNC moved against Cheney and Kinzinger.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Republican Senator Bill Cassidy also tweeted criticism of the RNC’s action.

Romney is among a group of Republican Trump critics lining up to raise money for Cheney in his re-election bid.

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