In 2008, conservatives were told to get in line and support Republican nominee John McCain for president. McCain was no conservative and actually went out of his way to thumb his nose at conservatives over policy differences for decades. But conservatives got behind McCain nonetheless because defeating Barack Obama was important to America’s security and prosperity.
In 2012 — once again — we were told to hold our noses and get behind the candidacy of Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney had run as a pro-choice candidate for U.S. Senate in 1994 and was the author of “Romneycare” in Massachusetts but conservatives were implored to redouble their efforts in the name of denying Barack Obama a second term in the White House. Conservatives united around Mr. Romney because it was the patriotic thing to do.
But when Donald Trump — the ultimate political outsider — shocked the world by winning the Republican nomination for president in 2016, the establishment that previously demanded obedience decided that unity wasn’t a two-way street. Career politicians and RINOs attacked and ridiculed Mr. Trump wherever and whenever they could. In polite company, they asked how elitists such as themselves could ever support Mr. Trump. Then Mr. Trump won, with the backing of America’s forgotten men and women.
During his term in office, President Trump changed the Republican Party for the better. First and foremost, Mr. Trump taught Republicans how to get tough and fight for what they believe in — just like the liberals have done for decades. Mr. Trump called out China for its bad behavior, secured the border, and confirmed a record number of conservative judges to the federal judiciary. Justice Brett Kavanaugh would not be on the Supreme Court today if another Republican had been president at the time of his confirmation battle.
Because of his incredible record of accomplishment, grassroots conservatives still overwhelmingly support Donald Trump and the Republican Party remains the party of his America First agenda. That brings us to the state of the GOP today. The reason Congresswoman Liz Cheney may get ousted as GOP Conference Chair is the same reason Sen. Mitt Romney got booed at the GOP Convention in Utah this weekend.
They’re both seen as part of the team that paved the way for the election of left-wing socialist President Joe Biden — who is currently busy doing the bidding of radicals trying to fundamentally change the United States by destroying it.
Unfortunately, the likes of Cindy McCain, Bill Kristol and the Lincoln Project could care less if Mr. Biden turns America into the next failed socialist state, because it was all about defeating Mr. Trump. But if they had gotten on board for the greater good — like conservatives did in 2008 and 2012 — our constitutional republic wouldn’t be threatened today.
Instead we’re contending with packing the Supreme Court, ending the filibuster, making D.C. a state, critical race theory in our schools, six trillion dollars in new spending, border chaos, and the economy-killing Green New Deal. I ask these Trump Deranged Republicans: was it worth it?
This brings us back to Liz Cheney. Rep. Cheney is not a bad person. In fact, I’ve supported her in the past. But as the person who’s supposed to lead the messaging operation for House Republicans, she must ask herself if she’s the right person for the job.
Former President Trump and the Republican Party are solely focused on winning back the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in 2022 in order to remove two truly unhinged radicals — Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — from power.
When Republicans win back the House and Senate in 18 short months, the Biden agenda comes to an end after two years instead of four. It’s as simple as that. For conservatives — or any American who cherishes the Constitution — failure in this endeavor isn’t an option.
So, if Liz Cheney continues to cause division by undercutting Donald Trump, she has to consider if she wants to be held responsible for two more years of the radical socialist agenda moving through the legislative process on Capitol Hill and poisoning America. It’s for this reason that House Republicans shouldn’t have to hold a vote to remove Ms. Cheney from her leadership position, she should step aside. You shouldn’t be in charge of the messaging if your own statements are off-message and making it more difficult to accomplish the goal of winning back Congress.
Here’s the bottom line. Hillary Clinton recently said “I’m thrilled that President Biden is taking advantage of this moment to try to push the agenda as far as possible.” Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez echoed those sentiments by remarking “the Biden administration and President Biden have definitely exceeded expectations that progressives had.” This frightening rhetoric is what Republicans should be fixated on — not attacking Donald Trump because they don’t like mean tweets. The 74 million Americans who voted for Mr. Trump want Republicans in Congress waking up every morning thinking about how they’re going to defeat socialism at the polls in 2022. If you don’t agree with this, it’s time to find something else to do.
• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.