Another Republican has criticized Donald J. Trump and, in the process, expressed his support for Rep. Liz Cheney.
Republican Wyoming Rep. Landon Brown said Saturday that former President Donald Trump has “hijacked” the GOP and that he is “unfit” to serve in office for a second term.
Speaking on CNN, Brown added that the Republican Party is currently being run by a “fringe” group of far-right conservatives. He also issued his support for fellow Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who was recently censured for serving on a House committee tasked with investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
“I think what’s happened here at this point is we’ve seen a fringe group that is on the far right of our party, has taken over our party, and they are the ones that are pushing this narrative. They’ve been working behind the scenes to come out and come against Liz Cheney since day one with her support of this January 6th panel,” Brown said.
“The Republican Party had the opportunity to stand behind her and they left that, and unfortunately that shows too many people across this country that Trump has hijacked the Republican Party,” he added.
The lawmaker is the only Wyoming House Republican who has publicly issued support for Cheney amid an ongoing divide within the GOP. Last week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted to censure both Cheney and Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger for their involvement in investigating the January 6 insurrection, as well as for their criticisms against Trump.
Republicans are walking a tightrope during the Trump era but after last weekend’s RNC censure of Rep. Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, more have stepped up to criticize the former president (see my post RNC: ‘1/6 Was Legitimate Political Discourse’). Whether it’s a watershed moment remains to be seen.