Wineke: Is this really your definition of a leader?

House Gop Ousts Trump Critic Liz Cheney From Top Post
J. Scott Applewhite

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference because of her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in instigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

As expected, the Republicans in Congress have dumped Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her number three position in the GOP hierarchy.

She lost the confidence of Republican leaders because she wouldn’t shut up about her conviction that Joe Biden actually won the presidency fair and square.

Here’s how Donald Trump, who still refers to himself as “president,” responded:

“Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality and anything good having to do with politics or our country.”

You can say one thing about the former president, he is surly in victory.

He has spent the past five years systematically destroying anyone in the Republican Party who could possibly question his dominance. To continue as a “leader” of that party is to grovel before him.

Those who don’t are publicly humiliated and, to the extent possible, destroyed politically. Just look at his attorneys general, military leaders, intelligence leaders and congressional Republicans.

He has Cheney’s political head and he is demanding Republicans decapitate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. When his mobs were literally calling for the hanging of Vice President Pence, Trump didn’t say a word.

Just what is it about him that makes millions of people believe he should continue to be their leader?

Liz Cheney, the daughter of two formerly revered Republican conservatives, is not going to inspire a single liberal to vote with her. She is as right wing as they come.

But can anyone recall any liberal (or, before Trump, any conservative, calling her a “bitter, horrible human being?”

Can anyone imagine Joe Biden saying that about anyone, friend or foe? Can you imagine Barrack Obama saying that? Or George W. Bush? Or Bill Clinton? Or, for that matter, Richard Nixon?

This country will not survive if those who lose our elections refuse to accept the stated will of the voters.

Cheney may be wrong about a lot of things, but she is right about that.