Could Liz Cheney Initiate a new Conservative Party?

Rep. Liz Cheney gives a concession speech to supporters in Jackson, Wyoming, on August 16, after losing to challenger Harriet Hageman. Jae C. Hong/AP

The future of the Republican Party is often framed as either continuing as a traditionally conservative party based on policy issues or becoming a personality cult around Donald Trump.

At the beginning of the year, Liz Cheney told Robert Costa of CBS that she believes there is a “cult of personality” around Trump, representing a moral test that the Republican Party is “failing.”

While the growth of a Trump cult is evident, there is another more significant movement that Trump reignited. And one that Cheney must take into consideration. That would be the underlying feeling of grief among the majority white population. They see their prominence slipping away as new immigrants and minorities obtain more government control.

Elie Mystal of the Nation points out that Republicans rejected Cheney because “white conservative voters trash everything to keep themselves in power.” In other words, the core Republican base will not support any candidate who fails to address their fears of being replaced by others.

The Republican Party landscape sees an ebbing Trumper and a waning conservative tide.

Trump, or some Trump-like presidential candidate, makes a show of appeasing the fears of the white majority through harsh anti-immigration measures and guaranteeing a pro-Christian religion constitution. But their most explosive belief is that a government conspiracy, be it federal or local, is run by radical liberals’ intent on taking away the constitutional freedoms of average Americans.

Most traditional conservatives are comfortable with restricting immigration and emphasizing Christian values, but they do not endorse a conspiracy that undermines America’s democratic institutions. Leaders like Mitch McConnel were once the leaders of this traditional conservative Republican faction. Still, to retain their power, he and others believe they must tolerate Trump and even defend him.

By speaking without moderation, Trump successfully triggered resentment among Republicans and many non-Republicans against the disdainful “elites.” These are the people ­- all of them labeled liberals — to blame for government policies that are more concerned about gay rights, minority rights, labor rights, migrant rights, and…

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