New York, June 22 (IANS) For over a year
five Republicans had been canvassing for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump before the Democrat-led Senate Judiciary Committee for his alleged involvement in the January 6 Capitol Hill riots that virtually threatened the life of his Vice President Mike Pence. Today they face the fear of being unseated from Congress as Trump has raised republican ire against them.
Ever since they broke with the vast majority of their party to support President Donald Trump’s impeachment, a handful of Republican members of Congress are fighting uphill battles to retain their seats, says the Washington Examiner a report.
Voters will soon decide the fates of five of the 10 GOP House members who cast votes in favor of Trump’s second impeachment in 2021. Four of the 10 have said they’ll retire rather than seek reelection in the post-Trump environment. Another Representative Tom Rice (South Carolina) has already faced voters in the primaries and discovered just how costly crossing Trump can be:
He lost against a Trump-backed challenger earlier this month. Rice, like some of the other Republican impeachment backers, remained critical of Trump months after the impeachment battle had concluded.
Each of the five Republicans fighting to remain in Congress this year is facing circumstances unique
to his or her district, says the Examiner. All, however, are united by the headwinds they’ve faced as a result of their impeachment vote. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) Her state’s at-large congresswoman, Cheney is the most likely of the bunch to lose her seat as a result of her persistent attacks on Trump. Cheney won reelection in 2020 with more than 40 percent
of the vote, buoyed by her Congressional leadership position and conservative legislative record. But former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter took her criticism of Trump beyond her vote in favor of impeachment while speaking out against the former President until she was stripped of her leadership title and ostracised from the party.
Cheney has continued to put herself at odds with her colleagues by participating in the Democratic-led investigation into January 6. Trump has publicly backed Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Cheney in the state’s August 16 Republican primary.
But Hageman’s challenge has become stronger with the additional endorsement she has landed
that of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Republican, California). Rather unusual for party leaders, who rarely get involved in primary challenges against incumbent colleagues, McCarthy took the step of backing Hageman amid a consensus among Republicans that Cheney’s public comments were becoming too big a distraction. The limited polling available suggests Hageman has a healthy shot at winning.
A poll published earlier this month found Cheney trailing 28 points behind her primary challenger two months before Election Day, says the Examiner. Peter Meijer (Michigan) Meijer has managed to raise significantly more funds for his campaign
than his Trump-endorsed primary challenger – but that may not be enough to save him from the wrath of the 45th President’s fans. Unlike Rice and Cheney, however, Meijer has not made his opposition to Trump’s election-related antics a part of his political identity.