WATCH: Liz Cheney Explains Why She Can’t Just Ignore Trump’s Lies
Lix Cheney is suffering the consequences for continuing to oppose Donald Trump and his takeover of her party. However, no matter how it affects her political career, she says she can’t stop speaking up.
Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday Cheney confirmed that she believes this is a worthy “hill to die on,” because it’s the dividing line between whether the Republican Party will be the party of the Constitution and law, or the party that rejects truth and integrity in favor of Donald Trump.
WALLACE: Are Kevin McCarthy and Elise Stefanik being complicit in the Trump lies?
LIZ CHENEY: They are, and I'm not willing to do that. pic.twitter.com/zp9kbJZKi2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 16, 2021
Cheney has already been removed from her leadership position among House Republicans, and she says that both House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who removed her via a dissent-silencing voice vote, and Elise Stefanik, who replaced her, are complicit in Donald Trump’s lies, and in Cheney’s own words, his “attacks on the Constitution and the rule of law.”
Ultimately, Cheney describes this as question of how the Republican Party will be defined — the same question that has divided the party between Trump supporters and never-Trumpers since he became the nominee in 2016.
"I cannot imagine a more important issues then whether or not the Republican Party is going to be a party that embraces and defends the rule of law and the Constitution." – @Liz_Cheney when asked if this was the hill she was prepared to politically die on. #FoxNewsSunday
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) May 16, 2021
“I cannot imagine a more important issue than whether or not the Republican Party is going to be a party that embraces and defends the rule of law and the Constitution.”
Covering Cheney’s ouster, FiveThirtyEight noted that a March poll had found a majority of Republicans calling for acceptance of Republicans who diverge from the mainstream party platform in some areas — but fewer than half believe there should be any support for those who openly criticize Donald Trump. While another poll found more than half saying that the party should embrace both Trump’s supporters and his critics, this doesn’t seem borne out in the experience of those critics — as Cheney’s censure shows.