Liz Cheney goes all-in on Trump's racism: Meet the future of the Republican Party

It'sbecomeconventionalwisdomamongthepunditocracythatformerSouthCarolinagovernorandUNambassadorNikkiHaleyisontracktobethefirstwomanRepublicanpresidentialnominee.She'soneofthefewmembersoftheTrumpadministrationtoescapewiththeirreputationsmoreorlessintact,evenhavinggottenawaywithpubliclydisagreeingwiththepresidentfromtimetotimeandremaininginhisgoodgraces.

TherehavebeenpersistentrumorsthatnowthatheknowstheconservativeevangelicalvotersarehismostloyalChristiansoldiers,Trumphasbeenthinkingaboutdroppinghissycophanticwingman,VicePresidentMikePence,infavorofthecharismaticHaleyashisre-electionrunningmate.Somepeoplebelievehavingherontheticketmightbehelpfulsincesomanywomeninthiscountryareviolentlyrepelledbyhim.

Inasaneworld,HaleywouldbeanobviouschoiceforeitherspotonaGOPticket.SheisaSoutherner,andshe'saccomplishedandexperiencedwhilealsobeinganti-feministandveryconservative.AsthedaughterofIndianimmigrants,sheisalsoawomanofcolor,whichnottoolongagowasconsideredanassetforapartythatboastsveryfewnonwhitemembersandisindesperateneedofsomehowrefutingthenotionthatithasbecomeadefactowhitenationalistpoliticalpartyinacountrythatismoreandmorediverse.AfterMittRomney'slosstoBarackObamain2012,theGOPdidafullpostmortem—drivenlargelybythen-HouseSpeakerPaulRyan—thatconcludedthepartyneededtodoseriousoutreachtominorityvotersorriskbecomingapermanentminorityitself.

ButthenTrumphappened.Andnowthepartycouldn'trefuteitswhitenationalistideologyevenifittried,ormoretothepointevenifitwantedto.Overthecourseofthelastfewdays,thepresidentandhisaccomplicesintheCongressandthroughouttherestoftheGOPleadershiphavedemonstratedthattheyareallin.

HaleyhashadnothingtosayaboutTrump'srepeatedracistrantsontwitterandTVaboutthefourDemocraticcongresswomengoing"backtowheretheycamefrom"becausethey"hateAmerica."HeronlytweetsinceitstartedwasthefollowingvagueirrelevanceonSundaymorning.

https://twitter.com/NikkiHaley/status/1150413736169148417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Sincethenshe'stweetedaboutWimbledonandacutebabybutshe'shadnothingtosayaboutTrump'sscandalouscommentary.

Youcan'tblameexactlyher.It'suncomfortableforHaleytosayanything,sinceherparentsareimmigrantsandall.Andfrankly,rank-and-fileGOPvotersaremakingitclearthattheylikeTrump'supfrontwhitenationalismasmuchastheofficialwhitenationalistsdo.EarlypollingshowsthatTrumpisactuallygainingsupportamongRepublicansforhisovertracism(whilelosingsupportfromindependents),whichsuggeststhatHaleywillnotbeabletopaperoverthisdiversityproblemwhilekeepingtheracistvotersontheteam.TheGOPbasedoesn'twanttopaperitover.Trumphasliberatedthemfromallpretense.

Butthere'sanotherRepublicanwomanwholookslikeshe'smakingamove.Thatwouldbethird-termcongresswomanLizCheneyofWyoming,whonowholdsthethirdmostpowerfulpositionintheHouseGOPleadership.UnlikeHaleysheisn'treluctanttojointhefight.Infact,shewaswagingonlinewarswithRep.AlexandriaOcasio-Cortez,D-N.Y.,wellbeforeTrump'srecentTwittertantrums.

https://twitter.com/Liz_Cheney/status/1140988893627478018?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Theywentbackandforthonthis,tradingjabs,forquiteawhile.

CheneyhasestablishedthatshecantakeonthetraditionalVProleofattackdogbybeingalmostasviciousasthepresidenthimself.OnTuesdayshedeliveredafierydenunciationofthefourprogressivewomenofcolorwhomTrumphasbeenvilifyingfordays,brazenlyassertingthatinspiteofalltheevidencehehasprovided,thecomplaintsaboutthemhavenothingtodowiththeirrace,religionorgender.Instead,sheembellishedthescripteveryGOPofficialbutTrumpisfollowingbysayingthattheissueistheirdeterminationtodestroythecountrywiththeirallegedlysocialistviews:

https://twitter.com/LizRNC/status/1151145747653509125?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

ItmustbepointedoutthattheGOPoutrageovertheseDemocrats'allegedfailuretorecognizethatAmericais"thegreatestnationthateverexisted"isthickwithirony.Theirownpresidentdeliveredaninauguraladdressknownasthe"AmericanCarnage"speech.Asfarashe'sconcerned,everyAmericanleaderforthelast60yearsorsohasbeenanembarrassmentwhoturnedtheU.S.intoaweakandsubservientnation,laughedatandexploitedbyeveryothercountryintheworld.

Cheneyisclever.SheletTrumpdothedirtyworkofsayingoutloudwhatthebasewantstohear.Thenshepiledonwithalonglaundrylistoflies,tyingafantasyDemocraticideologytoTrump'sracist,Islamophobic,misogynistcommentarywithouteverhavingtosaythewordsherself.ShehasatalentforgoingforthejugularinamoretraditionalwaythatmightjustreassureanywaveringGOPfemalevotersthatsherepresentsareturntotheold-fashionedRepublicaninsultstheyknowandlove—racistdog-whistlesandred-baiting.

Atthemoment,there'salotofspeculationthatCheneywillrunfortheWyomingU.S.SenateseatbeingvacatedbyRepublicanSen.MikeEnzi.Pollsshowshewouldwintheprimaryagainstanotherwomanwhohasalreadyannounced,whichmeansshewouldalmostcertainlywintheseatinoneofthereddestofredstates.It'salsotrueshe'sontheleadershipfasttrackintheRepublicanHousecaucus,andmaystayputthere,believingthat'sherbestspringboardtohigheroffice.Whatevershechooses,shewillbeapowerfulforceinRepublicanpolitics.

LizCheneyisalmostcertainlythinkingaboutrunningforpresident,asisNikkiHaley.ButatthispointintheGOP'sevolution,onlyoneofthemwillbeseenbymostTrump-crazedRepublicanvotersasaleadertheycantrust.Itwon'tbethewomanofcolorwhoseparentscametoAmericatostartanewlife.It'sthewhitewomanwho'sanauthoritariannationalistwithaRepublicanestablishmentpedigreeamilelong,whoeagerlymarchesinlockstepwiththepresident.Nowthat'sawomanTrumpvoterscansincerelyadmire.

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