House leadership is preparing to remove Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her leadership positions due to her opposition to former President Donald Trump, who oversaw Republican losses in both houses of Congress and the White House.
The move forced congressional Republicans to admit their party's continued devotion to the ousted former President and support their base's fealty to him even in the face of congressional defeats in the 2020 election. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, for instance, recently did this in an appearance on Fox News.
When asked about Liz Cheney, Graham said the Republican party "can't grow" without Donald Trump.
Lindsey Graham: Can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no. I’ve always liked Liz Cheney but she… https://t.co/1RHzEir1Aj— Acyn (@Acyn)1620351722.0
Graham said on Fox:
"Can we move forward without President Trump?"
"The answer is no."
"I've always liked Liz Cheney, but she's made the determination that the Republican Party can't grow with President Trump."
"I've determined we can't grow without him."
🎶Tell me, how am I supposed to live without you? Now that I've been loving you so long How am I supposed to live wi… https://t.co/Y05LJkjepg— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell)1620352746.0
Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham have definitely played Boar on the Floor at Mar-a-Lago. https://t.co/fboPTYwxNF— Schooley (@Schooley)1620353760.0
Twitter gave Graham more than a little bit of shade for his continued Trump worship.
clearest admission the republican party is now merely a trump cult https://t.co/46Xabbo3s0— darth™ (@darth™)1620353468.0
This is refreshingly honest. Partly because he views her as making a tactical determination as opposed to a moral o… https://t.co/z6QamIMAND— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1620353834.0
In two tries, Donald Trump never managed to get even 47% of the popular vote, and yet Lindsey Graham thinks the GOP… https://t.co/24ohxXbiJy— James Surowiecki (@James Surowiecki)1620354967.0
Donald Trump was voted out of office after one term.
His approval ratings only cracked 50% on conservative Rasmussen polls and only a few times during his entire presidency.
Despite this, Graham thinks Trump is the future of the party.
This is the most pathetic thing I've seen. Lindsey Graham clearly had his spine surgically removed. No other explan… https://t.co/OgmsfFeMKg— Perry's Perspective🇺🇲 (@Perry's Perspective🇺🇲)1620364767.0
@seanhannity @LindseyGrahamSC @LindseyGrahamSC Tonight Lindsey and Sean go full CULT. https://t.co/UrX6BdcdZA— Nell (@Nell)1620352080.0
@Acyn Lindsey Graham is a failure. Trump will not save Republican ideals. He doesn't even share them. He's activ… https://t.co/vaYxJ2Wxp2— ZachsMind (@ZachsMind)1620361861.0
MSNBC pundit Jason Johnson of Morgan State University commented:
"[Graham] sounds like a '90s R&B singer, like, 'I can't go on, I can't imagine my future without you'."
"As usual, Lindsey Graham has about as much political integrity and stability as a weather vane."
"We can't grow without him," Lindsey Graham says of the guy who presided over losses in the House, Senate, and Whit… https://t.co/tK9GLjEPNB— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1620353163.0
They are all in on authoritarianism and national populism. They are not a serious party anymore and this pathetic h… https://t.co/xeJdlIG48a— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman)1620358377.0
Many online questioned what dirt Trump must have on Graham to inspire such endless devotion.
It seems Lindsey Graham, who once called Donald Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot" now sees no political future for the Republican party without a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot at the helm.