This week, Florida Rep. Matt Getz (R) voiced his support for ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R) from her House Republican Conference chairmanship, saying that she does not represent the “competing vision for America that puts America and American people first.” Cheney voted to impeach President Donald Trump (R), and the infighting in the GOP comes at a time when lawmakers are trying to steer forward after wins in the House but crucial losses in both the Senate and the Presidency. In making a distinction between himself and Rep. Cheney, Gaetz, who staunchly supports President Trump, called Cheney an “America Last” politician.
Yesterday, the Florida lawmaker took a trip to Wyoming to speak to about 800 people, making his case as to why Cheney should not hold a leadership position within the Republican party.
On social media, the Sunshine State lawmaker updated his supporters by sharing a POLITICO article that noted just how much tension has increased against Cheney.
“Honestly, it was hard to find anyone who would defend Cheney… I stopped at a biker bar, a gun shop, a vape shop, a hardware store, a steakhouse, a diner, a dentist’s office, and a pawn shop” Gaetz stated in the article.
“I’ve been here for about an hour and I feel like I already know the place a lot better than your misguided representative, Liz Cheney,” Gaetz said in his opening remarks. Gaetz also remarked on Twitter that it would be “impossible to stalk Liz Cheney in Wyoming” because “she never leaves Washington.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz: "This is my first time in Wyoming. I've been here for about an hour and I feel like I already know the place a lot better than your misguided representative, Liz Cheney." pic.twitter.com/ZncWZSJWeH
— The Hill (@thehill) January 28, 2021
This massive crowd turned out to support my call to defeat @Liz_Cheney in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Liz, you should come to Wyoming sometime. It’s beautiful here! pic.twitter.com/OOJAcbY4sV
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 28, 2021
In moving forward, the controversy within the Republican party has only increased as incumbent members who do not support President Trump have been threatened by facing primary opponents in the upcoming 2022 midterm election.
Cheney has not responded to the tension growing against her, but she does have support from within the party that will likely come out to bat for her in her defense.