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Rep. Liz Cheney raised $1.54 million for next year's reelection campaign during the first quarter of 2021 as she fended off calls to step down from Republican party leadership over her vote to impeach Donald Trump during the final days of his presidency.
Originally published by The 19th
The Wyoming lawmaker's first-quarter fundraising is a five-fold increase over the amount her campaign raised during the first quarter of 2019, the last off year in which she did not face reelection. More than $1 million of it came from individual donors, her campaign said.
Cheney has held Wyoming's sole U.S. House of Representatives seat since 2017. In the last full quarter before Cheney's reelection in November, which she won with nearly 70 percent of the vote, her campaign raised about $443,000, according to campaign finance filings.
“Liz Cheney raised more money this quarter than ever before for a simple reason: People are responding to her effective, principled leadership," said Kevin Seifer, Cheney's political adviser.
The first months of Cheney's third term turned politically tumultuous after she said Trump “assembled the mob" that orchestrated the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, then voted to impeach the outgoing president. Trump was subsequently acquitted by the Senate, which was then under Republican control.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach. She is the highest-ranking GOP woman in the House, the only woman in her party's leadership and the only member of Republican leadership to cast a vote for impeachment.
In reprisal for Cheney's vote, the Wyoming Republican Party decided overwhelmingly to censure her; two state lawmakers announced they would challenge her in next year's primary; Trump-allied colleagues such as Rep. Matt Gaetz flew to Wyoming to campaign for her defeat; and a group of conservative House lawmakers launched a failed effort to oust her from leadership. She retained her post after a 145-to-61 party vote done by secret ballot.
“She resoundingly won the support of the House Conference in February and she will continue to generate support from those who are concerned with the future of the Republican Party," Seifer said.
“The people of Wyoming deserve a representative who is principled and unwilling to buckle when the going gets tough," he added.
Political strategist Sarah Longwell, who is part of the Republican Accountability Project, which has pledged $50 million to defend lawmakers who backed Trump's impeachment, said Cheney's fundraising haul amidst the tumult signals continued support for the lawmaker.
“I think there are a lot of old-school Republicans who appreciate her principled stand against Trump after his incitement of the attack on the Capitol and wanted to send a message that she continues to have serious support, despite silly stunts like being censured by the local GOP or Matt Gaetz's visit to Wyoming," Longwell said.
Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter is claiming that she fatally shot Daunte Wright because she accidentally mistook her service pistol for a Taser gun.
However, Christian conservative icon Pat Robertson found himself feeling incredulous that a veteran police officer would make such a basic error, and he even compared a hand gun with a Taser during a Thursday episode of the "700 Club."
"They're not making Tasers... in black, they're making them in yellow," Robertson said when he explained one of the differences between the two weapons. "She shot that poor guy to death... and if you can't tell the difference between those two things, it's crazy."
Robertson went on to explain that, while he is strongly supportive of police, they cannot keep killing unarmed suspects with such impunity.
"I am pro-police, folks!" he said. "I think we need the police, we need their service, and they do a good job. But if they don't stop this onslaught... they cannot do this!"
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By definition, the rational object of terrorism is to promote terror. According to the FBI's definition, any violent actor attempting to further an ideological goal would be considered a terrorist.
On the message board TheDonald.win, supporters of President Donald Trump openly discussed whether they should erect gallows or guillotines when they attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, said an analysis from Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan research group, according to the Washington Post.
In a 135-page report, Advance Democracy collected all of the cached comments and conversations that took place on TheDonald.win involving Jan. 6. They include "promoting widespread recriminations against Trump for fueling the attack through tweets and other online forums played a crucial role in fomenting, planning and celebrating the siege," the group explained.
It confirms a previous report from ProPublica that walked through other sites and found similar discussions.
"We came up with the idea to occupy just outside the CAPITOL on Jan 6th," leaders of the Stop the Steal movement wrote on Dec. 23, according to ProPublica.
The goal, according to the Advance Democracy report, was to "build a gallows for hanging — or simply terrifying — members of Congress deemed disloyal."
"I think you should build a guillotine," a user named Camarokirk suggested Dec. 30. "A guillotine is more scary (sic)."
"It's better symbolism in every way. But it might prove more difficult to get that big blade into town," AsaNisiMAGA replied.
"If this does not change, then I advocate, Revolution and adherence to the rules of war," wrote user I3DI on MyMilitia.com. "I say, take the hill or die trying."
Their comments remained visible "for weeks," the Post said, on TheDonald.win.
As impeachment prosecutors explained in the days that followed, the planning of the violence happened "in plain sight."
"It's not a spur-of-the-moment demonstration that just popped up," said Larry Schaefer, a 34-year veteran of the Capitol Police. "We have a planned, known demonstration that has a propensity for violence in the past and threats to carry weapons — why would you not prepare yourself as we have done in the past?"
The analysis of the posts revealed arguments over the type of wood to be used, the rope and more specifics about building it.
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