Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, on Tuesday referred to as on her party to “make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy,” arguing that elected Republicans must forcefully condemn these chargeable for the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“It’s very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” from the assault, Ms. Cheney stated throughout a digital international coverage occasion hosted by the Reagan Institute. “It’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy.”
“You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, at the Capitol that day; you saw the Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda, and I think we as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.”
The remarks by Ms. Cheney, the solely Republican chief to vote to question former President Donald J. Trump for inciting the riot on Congress that left 6 lifeless, are some of the most forceful feedback but to return from party leaders in the aftermath of the riot. And they cemented what had lengthy been assumed: that regardless of dealing with inside rebukes and political blowback at house for her unsparing indictment of Mr. Trump’s position in the riot, Ms. Cheney has no intention of moderating her criticism of the former president.
Allies of Mr. Trump have been infuriated by Ms. Cheney’s resolution final month to vote to question him. In Wyoming, the state Republican Party censured her, citing the vote, and referred to as on her to resign.
Some Republicans in Congress retaliated by forcing an inside convention vote in a bid to strip her of her management place. Ms. Cheney in the end held onto her management submit in a lopsided secret-ballot vote, regardless of refusing to apologize for voting to question Mr. Trump.
On Tuesday she redoubled her criticism of Mr. Trump’s position in the Jan. 6 riot, calling his blasé response whereas lawmakers have been below assault an “existential threat to who we are” that “can’t be minimized or trivialized, and it can never happen again.”
Ms. Cheney additionally assailed the “America First” international coverage Mr. Trump and his allies in Congress had championed, calling the concepts behind them “just as dangerous today as they were in 1940 when isolationists launched the America First movement to appease Hitler and prevent America from aiding Britain in the fight against the Nazis.”
“Isolationism was wrong and dangerous then and it is wrong and dangerous now,” she stated.
She additionally prolonged her criticism to media shops that falsely reported that the presidential election was fraudulent or stolen, accusing them of “contributing to a very dangerous set of circumstances.”
Her feedback have been in sharp distinction to these made by her fellow House Republican leaders. Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 Republican, on Sunday refused to concede that the election was not “stolen” from Mr. Trump, arguing concurrently that President Biden was the “legitimate” president however that a number of states didn’t administer their election legal guidelines appropriately. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican chief, has provided a sequence of shifting feedback round whether or not Mr. Trump bears accountability for the riot.
Republican lawmakers “who take our oaths and obligations seriously,” Ms. Cheney stated, “will steer our party and our nation into the future. We will right the unforgivable wrongs of Jan. 6.”