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Trump Tool Gaetz Brings Roadshow to WYO

Florida Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz will speak at a rally at the Wyoming State Capital on Jan. 28, to further the agenda to rid the Republican Party of Liz Cheney.

As you may recall, during the “Stop the Steal” event in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, President Donald J. Trump told his supporters “we got to get rid” of Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Heeding the call to action from his commander, Representative Matt Gaetz has been doing rounds of whatever media will have him to work towards that end.

Now Gaetz is bringing his circus to Wyoming.

Gaetz claims that he represents a movement of “patriotism, love, and inclusion.” But that inclusion policy doesn’t apply to the likes of Wyoming Congresswoman Cheney – and by extension the 185,732 Wyoming voters who cast their ballots for her in November 2020. It baffles me that anyone in Wyoming would care to listen to a Florida blowhard telling Wyoming what to do. Do you really think Gaetz cares about Wyoming? He doesn’t. Gaetz doesn’t give a fig about Wyoming.

Congresswoman Cheney received nearly as many Wyoming votes in the 2020 General Election as President Trump, and has voted in line with Trump about 93% of the time. But because our conservative Wyoming representative doesn’t blindly follow allegiance to Trump, there is an organized movement to banish her from her leadership role.

Wyoming – the state with the lowest population in the country – has two high-ranking Congressional members: Cheney and Senator John Barrasso. I am thankful for both of them. Wyoming Republicans would be daft to support efforts that would rid our state of the 3rd highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House (let alone the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress).

Cheney didn’t vote to object to the electoral college vote certification, and issued a detailed 21-page memo explaining her reasoning and setting out the facts.

Cheney said her vote for impeachment was one of conscience, not politics. I believe her. When the question is one of morally right or wrong, and feeling of obligation to do the right thing, we should all vote with our conscience.

Gaetz is one who seems to believe the opposite – that the end justifies the means, that a good outcome excuses any wrongs committed to attain it. He’s wrong, but he’s accustomed to touting falsehoods without being held accountable for his nonsense.

Cheney has differed with Trump on some significant votes in Congress. Trump repeatedly opposed the National Defense Authorization Act, and lifted sanctions against Russian companies, and opposed sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. I supported Cheney on her votes on these significant actions, which happened to be votes in opposition to Trump’s desires.

I won’t be attending an event to listen to Gaetz blowing his Florida hot air, promoting a political division that resulted in the GOP losing both chambers of Congress and the Presidency. Instead, I’ll be spending the week working on things to improve my community, my state, and my country. My week is already packed full of meetings, including participating in county political activities, COVID-19 response, monitoring state legislative meetings, and the virtual national meeting for the American sheep industry. It will be time well spent.

The author, Cat Urbigkit, is a Republican from Sublette County, Wyoming.

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