Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the recently ousted chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, claimed Sunday that Republicans who continue to support former President Donald Trump are “misled.”
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During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Cheney why she continues to vocally criticize Trump, seemingly alienating the tens of millions of Republicans who support him.
In response, Cheney called Trump a “real danger” to American democracy.
“Former President Trump continues to be a real danger. What he is doing and what he is saying, his claims, his refusal to accept decisions by the courts, his claims…that somehow this election was stolen. What he is doing is he is causing people to believe that they can’t count on our electoral process to actually convey the will of the people,” Cheney began.
“We have to be a nation of laws. If you reject the rulings of the courts, if you work against the rulings of the courts, then you really are at war with the Constitution,” she continued. “He is a continuing danger to our system.”
“Those millions of people that you mention who supported the president have been misled. They’ve been betrayed,” Cheney said. “And certainly, as we see his continued action to attack our democracy, his continued refusal to accept the results of the last election, you see that ongoing danger.”
Despite being ousted from her role in House Republican leadership, Cheney has made it clear she will not stop criticizing Trump.
Just minutes after being ousted, Cheney told reporters, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
Cheney later said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who replaced Cheney as the No. 3 House Republican, are being “complicit” in Trump’s claims about the election.
Stefanik pushed back at Cheney’s criticism Sunday by saying Cheney is stuck “looking backwards.”
“She is looking backwards. … Republicans are looking forward. We are unified. And we are talking about conservative principles,” Cheney said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Author: Chris Enloe