Cheney has faced fierce, inter-party backlash since joining nine other Republicans in voting to impeach Donald Trump after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection

By Sean Neumann
June 21, 2021 01:44 PM
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Rep. Liz Cheney
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Rep. Liz Cheney has reportedly received "a stream of death threats" since she joined a small group of Republican lawmakers in voting to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year, according to a new report.

A recent New York Times story about Cheney's ostracism within the Republican Party reveals that her campaign paid $58,000 for individual security detail between January and March as a result of the threats.

Cheney - the 54-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney - has become an unlikely "outcast" within the GOP party since her impeachment vote, according to the Times.

The Wyoming lawmaker was previously the No. 3-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives until mid-May, when her GOP colleagues voted her out of her leadership roles over her vote to impeach Trump, 75.

Cheney was one of nine Republican lawmakers to vote in favor of impeaching the former president over his role in the deadly Jan.6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump's direct criticism of her in the months since has reportedly led to death threats, the Times feature story on Cheney says. 

Trump routinely criticized Cheney in statements since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, calling her a "bitter, horrible human being" after the Republican Party stood by his side by voting her out of the party's leadership roles.

Amid the former president's criticism, Cheney's campaign hired three former Secret Service members, according to the Times. Capitol police even took what the newspaper called an "unusual measure" of giving her Capitol police protection, a protocol typically reserved for congressional lawmakers holding leadership positions.

PEOPLE confirmed the security payments through publicly available filings with the Federal Election Commission, but Cheney's office would not comment when reached Monday.

"We don't comment on security," Cheney's spokesperson Jeremy Adler said.

The Times described Cheney as having a "fortress aura" of security around her since the threats began, "reminiscent of the 'secure undisclosed location' of her father in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks."

Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney
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Since Trump began lobbing attacks at Cheney and other GOP lawmakers since their impeachment vote, the Wyoming representative has not appeared to flinch at the backlash.

Cheney told reporters moments after her GOP colleagues ousted her from her leadership positions that "we must go forward based on truth" and "we cannot both embrace the 'big lie' " that Trump has continued to push about his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

"The nation needs a strong Republican Party, the nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism," she said. "And I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that's how this party goes forward and I plan to lead the fight to do that."

Cheney has said she'll do "whatever it takes" to make sure Trump doesn't win the presidency again in 2024, if he runs.

That includes a potential challenge from Cheney herself, who hasn't ruled out her own 2024 run for the White House.

"I'm going to do everything that I can," Cheney told the Today show last month, adding, "I won't let a former president or anyone else unravel the democracy - whatever it takes."