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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said during an interview on Fox News Sunday that former President Donald Trump does not have a future within the Republican Party.
“We should not be embracing the former president,” Cheney told registered Democrat and noted Trump-hater Chris Wallace.
“Somebody who has provoked an attack on the United States Capitol to prevent the counting of Electoral College votes which resulted in five people dying, who refused to stand up immediately when he was asked and stop the violence – that is a person who does not have a role as a leader in our party going forward.”
To be clear, President Trump did not provoke any attack. To the contrary, he called on his supporters to be peaceful and patriotic.
“We are the party of Abraham Lincoln. We are the party of Ronald Reagan,” she said. “We really have to take a hard look at who we are and what we stand for and what we believe in.”
Cheney, who led an effort to betray the leader of her own political party, is facing a mountain of criticism from Republicans.
“Well, I think you have to read the language of the censure,” Cheney said. “People in the party are mistaken, they believe that BLM and Antifa were behind what happened here at the Capitol. That’s just simply not the case, it’s not true. And we’re going to have a lot of work we have to do. People have been lied to. The extent to which the president, President Trump, for months leading up to Jan. 6 spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie. And people need to understand that.”
The Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure the congresswoman and called on her to resign. Cheney has declined to do so.
House Republicans also chose to stand alongside Cheney, voting against removing her from leadership.
“The single greatest threat to our republic is a president who would put his own self-interest above the Constitution, above the national interest. And we’ve had a situation where President Trump claimed for months that the election was stolen and the apparently set about to do everything he could to steal it himself.
Cheney called on the GOP to be truthful about the election so that they can regain power in next year’s mid-term elections and the 2024 presidential race.
“We need to make sure that we as Republicans are the party of truth and that we’re being honest about what really did happen in 2020 so we actually have a chance to win in 2022 and win the White House back in 2024,” she said.