Opinion | Liz Cheney and the Republican Infighting

To the Editor:

Re “House Republicans Oust Liz Cheney From Leadership” (nytimes.com, May 12):

While I do not agree with many of Representative Liz Cheney’s conservative policies and positions, I cannot help but admire her courage in openly repudiating Donald Trump’s “big lie” and risking her own political future to do so. She stands in sharp contrast to the many spineless Republicans who have abandoned their own constitutional oaths and loyalties to preserve their positions of power.

It’s really a sad day for America to observe elected officials trashing the Constitution and fundamental principles of democracy in exchange for what they perceive as job security. Shame on them and shame on us if “we the people” don’t retaliate with our own votes and fill our legislatures with people truly devoted to good old American values.

Peter Alkalay
Scarsdale, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Representative Liz Cheney should be commended for standing by her principles. However, there is a danger in overglorifying her actions.

If refusing to buy into the “big lie,” and calling out her colleagues who do, qualifies as a demonstration of extraordinary moral and ethical courage, I suggest that we are setting the bar a bit low. Yes, she will pay a short-term political price, but the cost is calculated. When and if a sane Republican Party is resurrected, the short-term cost will pay dividends, and she knows that.

The significance of her words is what they say about the Republican Party and the future of our democracy, not the individual voicing them. So give credit where credit is due, but no more than called for.

I will always prefer someone whom I disagree with 99 percent of the time with principles over someone I agree with 99 percent of the time who lacks them.

Les Libow
Philadelphia

To the Editor:

Well so much for Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”

Mark Brady
Dix Hills, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “Over 100 Republicans Threaten to Split From the Party” (news article, May 12):

Finally, traditional Republicans are considering doing what they should have done several years ago — split from Donald Trump’s Republican Party. My question to them is: What took you so long to realize that your party under the stranglehold of Mr. Trump is no longer the G.O.P.?

Further, I encourage these Republicans to go on and form their new party, and if they do not appear to have enough support to win elections, they should be brave enough to vote for Democrats and not Mr. Trump’s party to ensure that democracy prevails.

Given the voter suppression laws passed in red states, combined with the embrace of the “big lie” as well as the emboldened right-wing white nationalist groups, it behooves these traditional Republicans to switch their allegiance and together with Democrats deliver a devastating electoral blow to Trumpers everywhere. Following a humiliating defeat, Mr. Trump and his supporters will be relegated to the dustbin of history, where they belong!

Michael Hadjiargyrou
Centerport, N.Y.

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