Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz traveled to Wyoming on Thursday to hold a rally calling on Rep. Liz Cheney to resign after the third-ranking House Republican voted in favor for impeaching former President Donald Trump.
The Republican Party is in the throes of post-Trump soul-searching as GOP lawmakers grapple with whether to support or rebuke the “MAGA” agenda and former president who was impeached in the House on the charge he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.
“We are in a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, and I intend to win it,” Gaetz told a crowd of Trump supporters in Cheyenne.
“Washington, DC, mythologizes the establishment power brokers like Liz Cheney for climbing in a deeply corrupt game, but there are more of us than there are of them,” he continued.
Addressing the crowd of people, many who held signs reading “Impeach Liz Cheney!,” Gaetz called on House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to throw the 54-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney out of the party’s leadership.
“You can help me break a corrupt system,” Gaetz said, painting Cheney as a Washington elitist who was out of touch with her constituents.
The Wyoming lawmaker was one of 10 GOP pols who broke with the party earlier this month and voted with Democrats to find Trump guilty of encouraging a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol and interrupt a vote confirming President Biden’s Electoral College victory.
GOP state Sen. Anthony Bouchard has announced he will run against Cheney, who is up for re-election in 2022, in the primary.
Meanwhile on Thursday, McCarthy flew to Palm Beach to visit Trump at his Mar-a-Lago compound, where the former commander-in-chief committed to helping Republicans win back the House and Senate in 2022.
Trump’s impeachment trial will begin in the Senate in early February.