Liz Cheney calls Donald Trump a ‘liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy’

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Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of a vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a ‘liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy’.Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership…

Liz Cheney calls Donald Trump a ‘liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy’
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Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of a vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a ‘liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy’.

Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday. 

She said Tuesday: ‘Our freedom only survives if we protect it. Today, we face threat America has never seen before. 

‘A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.’

A combative Cheney lashed out at leaders of her own Republican Party late Tuesday, speaking on the House floor, adding: ‘Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president.  

‘This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.’

She did not mention party leaders by name. 

Scroll down for Cheney’s speech in full  

Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a liar ‘on a crusade to undermine our democracy’

The former president spent two days holed up in Trump Tower in Manhattan before he was pictured leaving Tuesday, along with his heavy security detail

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a Wednesday vote for removing Cheney from her No. 3 Republican leadership post in a closed-door meeting. 

He sent a letter Monday to GOP lawmakers saying it was clear that he and his fellow Republicans ‘need to make a change.’

McCarthy´s letter did not mention Cheney or Trump by name. 

But the move comes after Cheney repeatedly challenged Trump´s false assertions pinning his November re-election defeat on widespread voting fraud and criticized Trump´s role in encouraging supporters´ January 6 attack on the Capitol. 

Trump was acquitted by the Senate. 

In a defiant last stand Cheney added Tuesday: ‘Our duty is clear: Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy.  

Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday

‘Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution.’ 

The Wyoming Republican told the nearly empty House chamber: ‘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.’

Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, another of the 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump, says she will vote to retain Cheney in leadership.

Some other Republican lawmakers are said to be concerned Rep. Elise Stefanik, the front runner to replace Cheney, is not conservative enough to be the GOP Conference chair. 

‘Ignoring the lie emboldens the liar: Read Liz Cheney’s speech in full  

Thank you very much. I’d like to thank very much my friend, colleague, Mr. Buck, for yielding me time this evening.

I know the topic, Mr. Speaker, is cancel culture; I have some thoughts about that, but tonight, I rise to discuss freedom and our constitutional duty to protect it.

Mr. Speaker, I have been privileged to see firsthand how powerful and how fragile freedom is. 28 years ago, I stood outside a polling place, a schoolhouse in western Kenya. Soldiers had chased away people who were lined up to vote. A few hours later, they came streaming back in, risking further attack, undaunted in their determination to exercise their right to vote. In 1992, I sat across the table from a young mayor in Russia. And I listened to him talk of his dream of liberating his nation from communism. Years later, for his dedication to the cause of freedom, Boris Nemtsov was assassinated by Vladimir Putin’s thugs. In Warsaw, in 1990, I listened to a young Polish woman tell me that her greatest fear was that people would forget. They would forget what it was like to live under Soviet domination. That they would forget the price of freedom. Three men, an immigrant who escaped Castro’s totalitarian regime, a young man who grew up behind the Iron Curtain and became his country’s minister of defense, and a dissident who spent years in the Soviet gulag have all told me it was the miracle of America, captured in the words of President Ronald Reagan, that inspired them. And I have seen the power of faith and freedom. I listened to Pope John Paul II speak to thousands in Nairobi in 1985. And 19 years later, I watched the same pope take my father’s hand, look in his eyes, and say God bless America.

God has blessed America, Mr. Speaker. But our freedom only survives if we protect it. If we honor our oath, taken before God in this chamber, to support and defend the constitution. If we recognize threats to freedom when they arise.

Today, we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence.

Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They have heard only his words but not the truth. As he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.

I am a conservative Republican and the most conservative of conservative principles is reverence for the rule of law.

The Electoral College has voted. More than 60 state and federal courts, including multiple judges the former president appointed, have rejected his claims.

The Trump Department of Justice investigated the former president’s claims of widespread fraud and found no evidence to support them.

The election is over.

That is the rule of law.

That is our constitutional process.

Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution.

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.

Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. 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.

As the party of Reagan, Republicans have championed democracy, won the cold war and defeated the Soviet communists. Today, America is on the cusp of another cold war. This time with communist China. Attacks against our democratic process and the rule of law empower our adversaries and feed communist propaganda that American democracy is a failure.

We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen and America has not failed.

I received a message last week from a Gold Star father who said standing up for the truth honors all who gave all. We must all strive to be worthy of the sacrifice of those who have died for our freedom. They are the patriots Katharine Lee Bates described in the words of “America the Beautiful,” when she wrote, “oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life.”

Ultimately, Mr. Speaker, this is at the heart of what our oath requires: That we love our country more. That we love her so much that we will stand above politics to defend her. That we will do everything in our power to protect our Constitution and our freedom that has been paid for by the blood of so many.

We must love America so much that we will never yield in her defense. That is our duty. Thank you.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, Capitol insurrection, says she will vote to retain Rep. Liz Cheney in Republican leadership

The infighting comes as Republicans struggle to find their path forward after four years of Trump‘s presidency left a legacy of division. The debate continues as to whether to embrace the former president or denounce him – with Trump’s allies winning the race to define the GOP. 

That battle will accumulate on Wednesday, when the referendum on Cheney’s position as the Number Three in GOP leadership becomes a loyalty test to Trump.

Her ouster is all but a foregone conclusion but the first cracked appeared on Tuesday against Trump’s endorsed candidate to replace Cheney – Elise Stefanik. 

Republican Rep. Chris Roy of Texas argued electing Stefanik into leadership would undermine GOP attempts to win control of the House in the 2024 midterm election. 

‘We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in – that is, that we do not make the same mistakes we did in 2017,’ Roy wrote in a letter sent to all GOP lawmakers that was obtained by Dailymail.com.

‘Therefore, with all due respect to my friend, Elise Stefanik, let us contemplate the message Republican leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 ass-kicking we received by Democrats,’ he noted.

Roy opposed conservative efforts to overturn the election results and defended Cheney after she was criticized for being one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. But he now concedes her time has come and she will exit leadership when House Republicans gather Wednesday morning in the basement of the Capitol. 

Rep. Elise Stefanik, the front-runner to replace Liz Cheney in party leadership

Stefanik, one of Trump’s most public defenders, is campaigning hard to replace Cheney and has the endorsement of McCarthy, Trump, and power conservative Rep. Jim Jordan. 

But other conservatives – including some in the powerful House Freedom Caucus – worry she is not far enough to the right for them.

Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, holds a far more conservative voting record than Stefanik, who brushed off concerns about her credentials Tuesday.

‘We have a great deal of support from the Freedom Caucus and others,’ the New York Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill.  

McCarthy, meanwhile, is facing anonymous grumbling for his handling of the matter.

‘Kevin McCarthy has p***ed off enough members of his own conference that he’s going to have to go back to his former days as a whip to try to figure out where his votes are’ to become speaker, an unidentified GOP lawmaker told Politico’s Playbook on Tuesday. ‘I’d be worried if I was him.’

He remains the frontrunner to become House speaker should Republicans win back control of the chamber in next year’s election but there is chatter the drama in the GOP – not just Cheney and Trump but over conservative firebrands Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene – have left him in a tough spot.  

McCarthy will address Wednesday morning’s meeting – as he addresses every GOP meeting – with a look to the future.

‘Leader McCarthy speaks at every conference meeting and what the conference’s priorities should be at every meeting,’ a McCarthy spokesperson told DailyMail.com. 

Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, who strongly defended Cheney when she faced a recall in February, will now vote against her. 

‘House Democrats under Speaker Pelosi have been ruthless in advancing their radical progressive agenda, and Rep. Cheney can no longer unify the House Republican conference in opposition to that agenda. We need to take back the House in 2022 and permanently retire Pelosi,’ he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Other Republicans brushed off the squabbling and predicted the GOP would come together.

Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise told CBS News on Tuesday that, after the vote: ‘You’re going to see a very united front.’

Cheney, a member of a prominent GOP family and the highest ranking woman in Republican leadership, survived a February attempt in 145-61 in a secret-ballot vote. But Wednesday is not expected to go so well. Punchbowl DC, an insidery newsletter, predicted she would only garner 20 votes of support. 

As Republicans focus on winning back control of the House, they are increasingly turning to Trump, who still has a strong and vocal base of MAGA supporters who are expected to be active in next year’s primary and general election.  

A few Republicans have defended Cheney, including Senator Mitt Romney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, but most are looking ahead to 2022. 

Grumbling has begun among Republicans about the way House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has handled the situation with Cheney and other drama in the party

Kevin McCarthy has embraced Donald Trump as Republicans seek to win back control of the House of Representatives

Trump repeatedly attacked Cheney after she voted to impeach for his role in the Capitol riot and, last week, blasted her as a ‘warmonger.’  

She has given as good as she has gotten.

Last Monday, Cheney she slammed Trump for ‘poisoning our democratic system’ as he continued to falsely spout that the 2020 election was stolen from him.  

The 2020 contest showed no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Several recounts in states confirmed Joe Biden’s win. Multiple courts threw out Trump’s legal challenges.

Several Republicans said Trump should have done more to rein in his supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6th.

McCarthy even called him out on the House floor the day, saying Trump bears responsibility for the riot.

Trump erupted in fury. McCarthy flew down to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s residence in Palm Beach, to make peace. 

He called Trump a force in the GOP. 

‘He could change the whole course of history,’ McCarthy told The New York Times. ‘This is the tightest tightrope anyone has to walk.’    

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