With a vote expected Wednesday that will likely remove her as House Republican Conference chair, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney delivered a defiant floor speech late Tuesday casting herself as a righteous guardian of American democracy.
The New York Times, CNN and the rest of the liberal media cabal hung on Cheney’s every word, but her GOP colleagues all cleared out almost to the person, with a single Republican lawmaker sticking around for the show.
The Wyoming Republican lectured those in her party, warning that “our freedom only survives if we protect it,” as she spoke about facing a grave threat — that being former President Donald Trump, who Cheney voted to impeach during the second sham impeachment put forth by Democrats.
“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,” Cheney said. “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
Declaring herself a “conservative Republican,” Cheney added, “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.”
Freedom only survives if we protect it. We must speak the truth. The election was not stolen. America has not failed. pic.twitter.com/H4KrMxkPdy
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) May 12, 2021
“This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans,” she continued. “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.”
Calling the GOP “the party of Reagan,” Cheney likened concerns over the integrity of the 2020 election — brought about in large part by Democrats exploiting the pandemic to manipulate the electoral process — to “Communist propaganda,” stating: “We must speak the truth, our election was not stolen, and America has not failed.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” to say Cheney’s speech equated to “Democrat talking points.”
(Video: Fox News)
“You can’t have the Republican conference chair reciting Democrat talking points, especially when gas prices are up 50%, there’s a crisis on the border, and Democrats are trying to federalize election laws and pack the United States Supreme Court,” he said. “That is not helpful. That is the concern. That is why three months ago, there were a number of us who wanted to make a change. That change, in fact, will happen tomorrow. And I think that is a good thing for our party.”
Jordan said “90-some percent of the party disagree” with Cheney and that there will be a “strong vote” Wednesday to replace her as a member of GOP leadership.
Host Laura Ingraham suggested Cheney’s speech was similar to “any garden-variety left-wing pundit on MSNBC,” pointing out how the rival network has been quick to praise her.
“What’s the chance you think Liz Cheney will be an MSNBC or CNN contributor within the next couple of years?” she asked.
Saying there has been “a pattern” with Cheney, Jordan added that the conference decided a change had to be made “and it’s going to happen tomorrow morning.”
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., was reportedly the only GOP lawmaker to remain on the House floor for Cheney’s late-night speech.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper took care to report that all but one Republican cleared the chamber prior to the speech.
Before characterizing Cheney’s talking points as “the truth,” network commentator David Axelrod sneered at the GOP lawmakers, “Very heroic.”
“I think that it’s very clear that they’ve made their decision and as I said at the outset, she’s embarrassing them by telling the truth,” he said. “It’s a truth they don’t want to hear and they are acting en masse, they’re trying to find comfort and strength by gathering together in opposition to her, but it’s the truth they’re running from. It’s the truth they don’t want to hear.”
Rest assured, it’s not an enviable position for a Republican to be in when a former Obama henchman now employed by CNN is praising them.
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