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US: Republicans punish their own Trump critics

Status: 04.02.2022 21:12

U.S. Republicans have punished two key Trump critics within the party. With condemnation, you are withdrawing the support of two MPs – send a clear signal.

Republicans have punished two prominent internal party critics of former President Donald Trump. The National Committee of the Conservative Party has issued a formal condemnation of MPs Liz Cheney and Adam Kingsinger. Their behavior is “destructive to the United States House of Representatives, the Republican Party and our Republic.” Of the 168 members, only a handful of Republicans voted against the indictment, according to reporters.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and an Illinois MP became fierce Trump critics in their own ranks after the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack. Together with the Democrats, you voted for the – ultimately failed – removal of Trump, and currently only Republicans are on the parliamentary inquiry into the attack on Congress. So some sections of the Republicans have even called for the party to be expelled.

The panel alleges that Cheney and Kingsinger helped Democrats prosecute U.S. citizens who took part in a “legitimate political speech” on January 6.

Republicans in Trump’s grip

After radical Trump supporters attacked Capitol, large sections of the Republican Party turned their backs on the ousted president. The right-wing populist, however, was able to regain power over the party in the coming weeks and months. The 75-year-old, who is still popular with the grassroots, is openly flirting with another presidential candidate in 2024.

Meanwhile, Republicans in their own ranks are cracking down on Trump critics. In view of the pressure, Kingsinger has already announced that he will not run for the House of Representatives again in the November by-elections. Cheney has a rival backed by Trump in his party’s congressional primaries.

Cheney fired at the party leadership

Prior to the vote, Cheney called the party leadership “someone who knew Trump’s hostages” and backed someone who had publicly acknowledged that he wanted to undermine the democratic election. He does not recognize those in his party who have turned their backs on the constitution to support Trump.

Capital was besieged by staunch Trump supporters as US Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory in the November 2020 presidential election was about to be certified. The attack on the Congress seat, which left five dead, has caused global outrage and is considered a black day in American democratic history.