Rep. Liz Cheney Calls Trump A 'Continuing Danger,' Urges Unity Against Him
Written by Huffingtonpost on May 16, 2021
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), newly ousted from her function because the third-ranking Home Republican over her condemnation of Donald Trump, doubled down on her reproof of the previous president on Sunday, calling him a “persevering with hazard” to democracy and urging unity in transferring her occasion past him.
“He’s inflicting individuals to imagine that they will’t rely on our electoral course of to really convey the need of the individuals,” she mentioned of his refusal to simply accept the outcomes of the 2020 election in an interview with “Fox Information Sunday.” “We’ve got to be a nation of legal guidelines. Should you proceed to reject, if you happen to work in opposition to the rulings of our courts, then you definitely actually are at conflict with the Structure. And he’s a unbroken hazard to our system.”
Cheney was changed on Friday because the Home Republican Convention chair after refusing to assist Trump’s persevering with claims that his reelection was stolen from him. She was additionally one among 10 Home Republicans who voted to question Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot.
In an interview with ABC Information’ “This Week,” recorded Friday, Cheney mentioned solely a small variety of her GOP colleagues really imagine the election was stolen from Trump and that extra of them would have publicly supported her if not for worry of their very own security.
“We now dwell in a rustic the place members’ votes are affected as a result of they’re nervous about their safety, they’re nervous about threats on their lives,” she mentioned, whereas additionally calling a few of her colleagues’ dismissal of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol “indefensible.”
“It’s disgraceful and despicable,” she mentioned, whereas particularly mentioning Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) just lately downplaying the riot, which left 5 individuals lifeless, as one thing resembling “a standard vacationer go to.”
“I gained’t be a part of whitewashing what occurred on Jan. 6. No person must be part of it and other people must be held accountable,” she mentioned, whereas calling Trump’s staunch political supporters ― together with Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and her GOP chair substitute Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) ― complicit in his lies.
“I believe that there are some issues that need to be larger than occasion, that need to be larger than partisanship. Our oath to the Structure is a type of,” she informed Fox Information’ Chris Wallace. “What’s taking place proper now with Donald Trump and his continued assaults on the Structure and the rule of regulation is harmful and all of us have an obligation to face up in opposition to that.”
Because of this, Cheney mentioned, she regrets having voted for him in 2020 and can do all the pieces she will be able to to stop him from getting close to the Oval Workplace once more. She declined to say whether or not that will embrace working within the subsequent presidential election herself.
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