The Wyoming Republican Party voted on Saturday to censure United States Rep. Liz Cheney because she voted to impeach former President Trump for his possible role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Only eight of the 74-member state GOP’s central committee stood to oppose censure in a vote that didn’t proceed to a formal count.
“We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election,” said Darin Smith, a Cheyenne attorney who lost to Cheney in the Republican U.S. House primary in 2016. “The Republican Party needs to put her on notice.”
Cheney has repeatedly said that she voted her conscience in backing impeachment for the riot, after a rally where Trump supposedly encouraged supporters to get rid of lawmakers who “aren’t any good, the Liz Cheneys of the world.”
The censure vote was the latest blowback for Cheney for joining nine Republican representatives and all Democrats in the U.S. House in voting to impeach former President Trump.
On Jan. 28, Rep. Matt Gaetz led a rally against Cheney in front of the Wyoming Capitol. Around 1,000 people took part, many of them carrying signs calling for Cheney’s impeachment.
Cheney will remain as the third-ranking member of the House GOP leadership, however, after a 145-61 vote by House Republicans on Wednesday to keep her as conference committee chair.
Former President Donald Trump faces trial in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday over allegedly inciting insurrection when a mob of supporters stormed into the United States Capitol.
Sources: New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian and ABC; Photo: dailycaller.com