Liz Cheney Takes Down Trump, Republicans Who Still Embrace Him
The last few days have been tough for Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney. She survived a blistering attack on her number three leadership position in the House GOP last week. On Saturday, fellow Republicans in her home state voted to censure her because of her vote in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.
So how did Cheney start off her new week? By appearing on Fox News with Chris Wallace and blasting Trump and the Republicans who still embrace him. The congresswoman told Wallace that she will not resign her seat in Congress and said that Wyoming Republicans were lied to by Trump about the election being rigged or stolen and by those who falsely claimed that “Antifa or BLM were behind what happened here at the Capitol. That’s simply not true.”
Cheney also forcefully repudiated Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), saying that her views have no place in the GOP. “We are the party of Lincoln. We are not the party of QAnon, or anti-Semitism, or holocaust deniers, or white supremacy or conspiracy theories. That’s not who we are,” Cheney said.
The Wyoming Republican refused to answer Wallace’s direct question about if she would vote to convict Trump if she were in the Senate. She did say that what’s already known about Trump’s behavior leading up to and during the attempted insurrection is “the gravest violation of the oath of office of any president in the country’s history.” She added that ongoing investigations will uncover additional details, including whether the tweet Trump sent during the riot attacking then Vice President Mike Pence as “weak” was a “premeditated effort to promote violence.”
Liz Cheney floats the idea that Trump's tweet attacking Pence during the Capitol insurrection may have been "a premeditated effort to provoke violence" pic.twitter.com/KoyatGirPG
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She also said Republicans need to distance themselves from the 45th president and laid blame for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol at Trump’s feet. “The single greatest threat to our republic is a president who would put his own self interest above the Constitution, above the national interest. We have a situation where President Trump claimed for months the election was stolen and then apparently set about doing everything he could to steal it himself and that ended up with an attack on the Capitol that day and five people being killed.
“We have to be able to say that we stand for principles, we stand for ideals. Somebody who has provoked an attack on the United State Capitol to prevent the counting of electoral votes, which resulted in five people dying, who refused to stand up immediately when he was asked and stop the violence, that is a person who does not have a role as a leader of our party going forward. We have to make sure that we are able to convey to the American voters that we are the party of responsibility, we are the party of truth, that we actually can be trusted to handle the challenges this nation faces, like COVID. And that’s going to require us to focus on substance and policies and issues going forward, but we should not be embracing the former president.”