COMMENT: An earthquake would say no to Liz Cheney

Emile Guillermo,

What’s up with Liz Cheney and her one-woman crusade to save democracy? Does it really speak to us in the BIPOC community?

I got advice from a legendary black comedian.

Earthquake isn’t a California peril, but the name of one of Dave Chappelle’s favorite comedic mentors. Earthquake or Mr. Quake, as the New York Times might call it in second reference, gets political in its current Netflix special.

“You can’t say no, you can’t say anything to a Trump supporter about Trump; they love Trump,” Earthquake says in the appropriate key to DC’s Urban Southeast. “People ask me all the time, ‘Quake, what kind of woman are you looking for in your life, and I say, (n word swear word) I’m looking for a woman like a Trump supporter. No matter what she hears on me, that woman doesn’t believe in anything. She says, ‘You have another woman, you say, ‘Baby, that’s fake news.'”

Sure, Earthquake says it with more flair in a live setting where the crowd is screaming, but you get the point. We all know how belief in Trump is cult like and a threat to our democracy.

Which brings us back to Liz Cheney. She’s like a new Uncle Sam pointing the finger at us. But not like a “Karen” wagging her finger saying she wants to talk to the manager. She wants to make sure that Trump will never be our manager again.

It’s just that if she’s serious, she’ll need a lot more BIPOC support than we think.

Cheney recently lost big in Wyoming when his own Republican Party acted like he was under the spell of a man known in Florida search warrants as FPOTUS.

This, of course, represents the defeated “former President of the United States”.

But how can we ensure that he stays defeated? Maybe if we answer Cheney’s call.

In the Wyoming primary, Cheney lost to his opponent by 37 points, 66% to 29%. It’s a reprimand for someone from an inherited Republican family. It was a public betrayal.

But you have to admire Cheney’s willingness to pay the price – the loss of his job, his seat in Congress. And all because of an ultra-principled belief in the Constitution and his reluctance to join the zombie chorus of Republican Holocaust deniers who support their FPOTUS.

So I’m open to Cheney when she introduced herself to America during her concession speech.

There is at least one thing we agree on. The defeated FPOTUS must remain outside the government. As a single issue, that may be enough to join his American pro-democracy movement.

“Freedom must not, cannot, and will not die here,” Cheney said in Wyoming.

“It’s a fight for all of us together,” she said. “I’m a conservative Republican.”

Then came the pitch.

“But I love my country more,” she said. “So I ask you tonight to join me. From here, let us decide that we will stand together, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, against those who would destroy our Republic.

BIPOC members who have an independent or even slightly conservative streak may find its message appealing.

But I’m not so sure. Cheney did not vote for the Cut Inflation Act, which includes more than $750 billion for climate change, Obamacare extensions, prescription cost limits in Medicare, and a tax automatic 15% on wealthy corporations.

During the FPOTUS administration, Cheney’s votes favored wealthy, white, and corporate vested interests 100% of the time.

She voted against restoring the Voting Rights Act, LGBTQ issues, and all but the most obvious civil rights issues. For example, she voted for the June 16 holiday. Was it because wealthy white people also had a day off?

Newsweek reported that Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time.

This puts her at 7% soul. Not enough to make me switch parties and vote Republican to help Cheney defeat Trump in 2024. Best idea: just make sure you vote and support the party that got us this far. That would be more than enough to beat Trump. It was the last time.

As for Cheney? Support in spirit, but it’s not for us.

And I think Mr. Quake would agree.

Emil Guillermo is a seasoned journalist and commentator. He is at

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