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Effort to dump Cheney misguided. Plus: Woman, 19, ends up in senior living. And, still pouting.
By Gary Abernathy
Republican effort to dump Liz Cheney is misguided
It seems like only a matter of time before Rep. Liz Cheney is cast aside by fellow Republicans who cannot abide her ongoing criticisms of former president Donald Trump.
The Washington Post reports: Rep. Liz Cheney made clear Monday that she will continue to publicly denounce former president Donald Trump over his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen, imperiling her position in House Republican leadership as GOP members continue to rally around Trump. House Republican leaders as well as some rank-and-file members have said that Cheney’s statements in recent weeks about Trump are a distraction and that she should focus on issues that unite the party. But Cheney, R-Wyo., brushed aside those warnings Monday after Trump issued a statement attempting to commandeer the term “Big Lie,” commonly used to refer to the false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, by asserting that the term should now refer to President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Cheney, of course, was one of a handful of House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after he left office. She’s been critical of him for a long time. She recently hosted a forum at which Trump was expressly not welcome. Trump, in return, has vowed to get back at her.
Congressional Republicans, with an eye on the polls, are mostly siding with Trump. That’s a shame. While I disagreed with impeaching Trump because the penalty for impeachment is removal from office, and he was already out of office, I don’t argue too much with the Republicans who felt compelled to vote for conviction.
It might be popular now with some in the GOP, but in the long run it’s not going to go down well if the party sacrifices one of its smartest and highest profile female leaders to appease Trump or his followers. Dumb move if it happens.
Woman, 19, accidentally moves to senior living complex
There’s a pretty great story in the New York Times today about a young woman, 19, who accidentally moved into a senior living complex.
“I was looking around at my surroundings to see what there was I could do here, and I saw the sign that said ‘Senior Living Apartments,’ and I realized I moved myself into a retirement community,” Ms. Kohout said in an interview. “Once I saw the sign, all the things clicked. I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe I did this.’”
…though the complex was designed for older adults, it was “equal-opportunity housing,” which means it could not legally discriminate against renters.
It’s a sweet and funny story. Check it out.
Media continues to highlight Lincoln Project
The Lincoln Project, that collection of politically homeless Republicans – many of whom imploded in recent months – keeps picking on Donald Trump in a sad effort to stay relevant.
You would think Trump’s defeat would be enought. Wrong. USA Today reports that the group bought an ad in just one TV market to sneer at the ex-president.
The anti-Trump group launched another commercial Monday, this one titled "Swamp Thing," on Fox News and Fox Business in the Palm Beach County market. This spot mocks Trump by claiming he "is getting played" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his "Washington consultants."
The only reason they continue to draw any attention is because so many Big Media outlets share their contempt for Trump and will highlight any dig at him, no matter how trivial.
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