Donald Trump may be banned from social networks, he makes up for it with press releases that he publishes as tweets.

Ten more publications this week, including two, Thursday, May 6, to reaffirm that the US presidential election of 2020 was stolen from him and four more, the day before, including three to torpedo Liz Cheney, one of the few voices daring to s' oppose him in the Republican Party.

The Wyoming representative and Republican number three in the House of Representatives is one of ten Republicans in the lower house of Congress to vote in favor of the impeachment procedure against Donald Trump in February.

But she is the only one among them to occupy an important position within the leadership of the "Grand Old Party" (GOP), which makes her a prime target for the former President of the United States, who has been trying ever since. several weeks of pushing her towards the exit.

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"Liz Cheney is a warlike fool who has nothing to do in the hierarchy of the Republican Party," said Donald Trump, Wednesday, May 5, in one of his press releases.

She "continues" to affirm "foolishly that there was no electoral fraud when in fact, the evidence (...) shows the contrary", he added, while bringing his support for representative Elise Stefanik to replace her.

Knowing that she is in an ejection seat - an internal vote on her staying in the number three position could come as early as next week - the daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney decided to drop arms in hand, posting a few hours later an acerbic column in the Washington Post, a daily hated by Donald Trump and his supporters.

History is watching us.

We must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution or join Trump's crusade to delegitimize and undo the legal outcome of the 2020 election, with all the consequences that might have.

- Rep.

Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) May 5, 2021

"The Republican Party is at a crossroads and Republicans must choose whether we wish to stay true to the truth and to the Constitution" or "join Trump's crusade to delegitimize and defeat the election result," writes Liz Cheney in this forum, by inviting his colleagues to turn their backs "on the cult of the Trump personality".

"To give the illusion of adhering to Trumpism" to be reelected

The Republican representative recalls the role played by the former president in the attack on Congress on January 6. She points out that "Donald Trump's words can lead to violence again", accusing in passing the GOP leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, of having changed his tune on the subject to attract favors from Joe Biden's predecessor.

"We see that Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party is almost even greater today than when he was president", analyzes Jean-Éric Branaa, specialist in the United States and lecturer at the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, contacted by France 24. "The problem stems from the American electoral system which imposes elections every two years. However, the elected representatives of Congress have clearly understood that the base of their party loves Donald Trump above all and that they must give the illusion of adhering to Trumpism if they intend to be re-elected in 2022 ", he adds.

The case of the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, is quite telling.

While he had declared, on January 13, that Donald Trump bore "the responsibility for the attack on Congress by rioters" and that he should have "immediately condemned them seeing how the situation developed", the representative of California told Fox News on April 25 that the president took steps to end the attack by posting a video on social media.

Kevin McCarthy refuses to answer Chris Wallace's question about whether it's true that Trump told him, "Well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are" when McCarthy called and urged him to call off the insurrectionists on January 6 pic / cSYSPUs8OO

- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 25, 2021

Likewise, the future replacement of Liz Cheney appointed by Donald Trump has all the good little soldier.

Elise Stefanik voted on January 6, the day of the attack on Congress, against certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory in several key states.

And she just declared, Thursday, May 6, in the podcast of former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon, that the Republicans would need, to win in the midterm elections in 2022, the "support" of the former president and "his coalition of voters".

Mitt Romney booed and called "traitor"

"There are only ten elected Republicans who had the courage in the House of Representatives to vote for the impeachment procedure and today, it is very complicated for them, underlines Jean-Éric Branaa Some have tried to speak differently from Donald Trump's or be critical of him after the attack on Congress, such as Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell or even South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley , but they all ended up falling in line. "

The pressure within the party was also illustrated at the Utah Republican Party convention on Saturday, May 1, when state senator and former 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney was whistled by the delegates.

They also called him a "traitor" and a "communist".

Mitt Romney is the only Republican senator to have voted in the two impeachment proceedings to impeach Donald Trump.

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Another example of Donald Trump's influence: The Republican-held Arizona Senate secured the November 3 election ballots for the state's most populous county to be recounted by a private company.

A decision which further reinforces the feeling, within the base of the party, that the defeat of the former president in November was fraudulent.

In her column, Liz Cheney, however, tries to warn Republicans against a strategy that "will have profound long-term consequences" on the GOP and the United States.

"History is watching us. Our children are watching us. We must be courageous enough to stand up for the basic principles on which our freedom and democracy are based," she concludes.

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