Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming delivered a defiant final stand hours earlier than going through a vote to purge her from House Republican management for her outspoken repudiation of former President Donald J. Trump’s election lies, declaring Tuesday night time on the House flooring that she wouldn’t sit again quietly as her occasion aided Mr. Trump’s makes an attempt to undermine democracy.
Ms. Cheney, who’s going through a vote Wednesday morning that’s virtually sure to reach ousting her from House Republicans’ No. 3 publish, declared on Tuesday that the nation was going through a “never seen before” menace in a former president who provoked the Jan. 6 Capitol assault and who “has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.”
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” Ms. Cheney mentioned. “I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”
The Wyoming Republican’s outstanding broadside illustrated her unrepentant response to the hassle to dethrone her. She has forged her virtually sure expulsion from the management ranks as a “turning point” for her occasion and instructed allies that the management publish is solely not price having if it requires her to lie.
Rather than preventing to carry onto her publish, Ms. Cheney has embraced her downfall, providing herself as a cautionary story in what she is portraying as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Emphasizing that framing Tuesday night time, Ms. Cheney wore a reproduction pin of George Washington’s battle flag as she spoke on the House flooring.
A former State Department official, Ms. Cheney invoked the parallels between what unfolded on the Capitol on Jan. 6 and her work in authoritarian nations to elucidate why she was so decided to publicly condemn the tried rebel.
“Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution,” Ms. Cheney mentioned. “Our duty is clear. Every one of us, who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy. This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans.”
As a alternative for the Wyoming Republican, leaders have united behind Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, a onetime reasonable whose fealty to Mr. Trump and backing of his false narrative of a stolen election have earned her broad assist from the occasion’s rank-and-file that Ms. Cheney, as a lifelong conservative, now not instructions. It represents a outstanding arc for Ms. Cheney, the daughter of a conservative dynasty who was as soon as spoken of as a future House speaker and now stands on the cusp of being relegated to the political wilderness.