Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), newly ousted from her function because the third-ranking House Republican over her condemnation of Donald Trump, doubled down on her reproof of the previous president on Sunday, calling him a “continuing danger” to democracy and urging unity in transferring her occasion past him.
“He’s causing people to believe that they can’t count on our electoral process to actually convey the will of the people,” she mentioned of his refusal to just accept the outcomes of the 2020 election in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” “We have to be a nation of laws. If you continue to reject, if you work against the rulings of our courts, then you really are at war with the Constitution. And he is a continuing danger to our system.”
Cheney was changed on Friday because the House Republican Conference chair after refusing to help Trump’s persevering with claims that his reelection was stolen from him. She was additionally certainly one of 10 House Republicans who voted to question Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot.
In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week,” recorded Friday, Cheney mentioned solely a small variety of her GOP colleagues truly consider the election was stolen from Trump and that extra of them would have publicly supported her if not for concern of their very own security.
“We now live in a country where members’ votes are affected because they’re worried about their security, they’re worried 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 normal tourist visit.”
“I won’t be part of whitewashing what happened on Jan. 6. Nobody should be a part of it and people ought to be held accountable,” she mentioned, whereas calling Trump’s staunch political supporters ― together with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and her GOP chair alternative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) ― complicit in his lies.
“I think that there are some things that have to be bigger than party, that have to be bigger than partisanship. Our oath to the Constitution is one of those,” she instructed Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “What’s happening right now with Donald Trump and his continued attacks on the Constitution and the rule of law is dangerous and we all have an obligation to stand up against that.”
For this cause, Cheney mentioned, she regrets having voted for him in 2020 and can do all the pieces she will to stop him from getting close to the Oval Office once more. She declined to say whether or not that will embody operating within the subsequent presidential election herself.
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