Elected officials who betrayed the former president now face a growing backlash from within the Republican Party.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) are increasingly being scrutinized for agreeing with political rivals on impeaching former President Trump for the so-called incitement of insurrection charge.
The Sarpy County Republican Party Central Committee recently passed a resolution to “rebuke and censure” Sasse for supporting the Democratic Party’s second impeachment.
“Sen. Ben Sasse has seriously betrayed the Sarpy County Central Committee Republican Party and its voters … by virtue of his publicly referring to our then-sitting Republican president as ‘wicked,'” the committee said in a statement. “[Also] by virtue of his vindictive and mean-spirited support for the current impeachment trial proceedings currently ongoing in the U.S. Senate against our former Republican President Donald Trump.”
The committee also raised serious questions about the senator’s “condescending and vicious media attacks” against fellow Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.)
“[He began] calling Sen. Hawley a ‘serious dumbass’ for his courageous objection to tainted swing-state election results, which the majority in our party still believe were the product of illegal and unconstitutional election law changes and organized Democratic Party fraud,” the committee said.
Sasse challenged the negative feedback and blamed President Trump’s enduring popularity, even after finishing his first term in the Oval Office.
“You are welcome to censure me again but let us be clear about why this is happening,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “It is because I still believe, as you used to, that politics is not about the weird worship of one dude.”
Cheney also faced a similar fate from the Wyoming state Republican Party, except she still managed to hang onto her House Republican conference chairwoman role.
“We will not forget what happened on Jan. 6 and that the single greatest threat to our republic is a president who would put his own self-interest above the Constitution, above the national interest,” she told “Fox News Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Meijer experienced a tough crowd after criticizing his former party leader at his latest virtual town hall meeting.
“What we witnessed at the Capitol—the attempted insurrection, the involvement of a sitting American president propagating the falsehoods that led up to that—required a significant response,” he said according to Fox News.
Constituent Cindy Witke accused the congressman of failing to represent the views of residents living in the Third District of western Michigan.
“Why aren’t you doing what your constituents wanted you to do?” she said. “I went against people who said not to vote for you because I believed in you. I have lost that belief.”
Fellow constituent Nancy Eardley was disappointed with Meijer even though he has spent just two weeks in public office.
“I do not know that there is really much you can say that will ever change my mind and not work toward primarying you out after two years,” she said.