In a surprise admission during an interview with “60 Minutes”, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said she had been wrong about gay marriage, which she opposed ahead of a Senate race in 2013. Her objections caused a rift with her sister, Mary, whose spouse, Heather Poe, said Cheney’s position was offensive, posting on Facebook: “I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
Cheney told CBS: “I was wrong. I was wrong. It’s a very personal issue – and very personal for my family. And my sister and I have had that conversation … Freedom means freedom for everybody.”While still opposed to gun control, abortion, and the Affordable Care Act, and repeating to CBS her opinion that waterboarding is not torture, Cheney finds herself allied with Democrats over the Capitol riot. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump’s second impeachment, but because only seven Senate Republicans voted to convict, Trump remains free to seek re-election. This also puts Cheney in the unique position to be primaried by a Trump-endorsed candidate in 2022, a trend slowly taking place among those ten Republicans. Cheney responded to Trump’s endorsement of her primary challenger, Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming attorney, and Cheney family friend, with a tweet he couldn’t see, because he’s banned from Twitter.
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— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 9, 2021
With Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Cheney is one of two Republican members of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th assault. On Thursday, it announced subpoenas for figures close to Trump including former chief of staff Mark Meadows and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
Liz Cheney on Kevin McCarthy: “What he's done is embrace Donald Trump. And if I were doing what he's doing, I would be deeply ashamed of myself. I don't know how you explain that to your children,” she says on “60 Minutes.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 26, 2021
Correspondent Lesley Stahl asked if Cheney had received private support from members of Congress. “Yes,” Cheney said. “Both in the House and the Senate.”
Watch Liz Cheney’s full 60 Minutes interview, below.