1. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is likely to be removed as the third-ranking Republican in House leadership — as soon as next week when the House reconvenes.
These two developments are quite clearly related — and revealing.
The move to sub Stefanik in to replace Cheney is yet more proof of what’s really going on here. Stefanik, who was elected to a fourth term from an upstate New York seat, has seen her star rise directly in concert with her ardent public defense of Trump during both of his impeachment trials.
Stefanik first came to the attention of Trump (and his allies) with her interrogation of witnesses during the House Intelligence Committee hearings over Trump’s possible quid pro quo in Ukraine. That won Stefanik a place as part of Trump’s PR efforts during the Senate trial.
What’s remarkable about all of this is how incredibly transparent all of this is.
CNN’s Gabby Orr reported Wednesday morning that McCarthy and Trump have been in regular touch about the fight over Cheney. “They’ve definitely spoken recently … within the last couple of days for sure,” Trump aide Jason MIller said via text.
If you needed any more evidence that the Republican Party is currently a cult of personality around Trump, the fall of Cheney and rise of Stefanik should help convince you.