U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney doubled down on her attacks on former President Donald Trump during an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier who countered with the uncomfortable fact that more people in Wyoming voted for Trump than they did for her.
The Wyoming Republican claimed that Trump is acting in a “dangerous” manner by “perpetuating lies” over the 2020 presidential election by claiming it was stolen from him. She referred to his “cult of personality” and that the former commander-in-chief was attempting to “unravel the democracy” by challenging the election results.
Baier politely but aggressively put Cheney on the spot for her stance against Trump and asked her whether she understood why she was booted from her leadership position.
“Could you have done that job considering what you were saying and doing?” he inquired. Cheney’s harsh attacks on Trump have been viewed as divisive within the party and helpful to Biden and the Democrats.
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“I think the question is what kind of a party are we going to be going forward, Bret,” she remarked. “I think it’s very important for us to be a party based on truth. I think it’s important for us to understand the threat that the claims the former president is making.”
“The threat is ongoing,” Cheney claimed referring to Trump.
Cheney also called Republican Texas State Land Commissioner George P. Bush “misinformed” because he criticized her ahead of the vote that ousted her from her leadership position. “Republicans deserve leadership that represents the views of their constituents, not their own personal vendettas. We need leaders in Congress that stand up for conservative Republican ideology. Liz Cheney is not that leader,” Bush posited.
Republicans deserve leadership that represents the views of their constituents, not their own personal vendettas. We need leaders in Congress that stand up for conservative Republican ideology, and Liz Cheney is not that leader. pic.twitter.com/0Mpo0D6jeW
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) May 13, 2021
Cheney contends that the former president’s language was the direct cause of violence during the Capitol riot. She is flatly stating that President Biden is benefiting from the “stolen election” lie.
“There is clearly an attempt to unravel the democracy, if you will, by focusing on challenging the legitimacy of the election… abandoning the rule of law,” she added. “I think for us as Republicans, we have a huge set of issues we have got to be able to defeat the Democrats over.”
“We have to get people to vote for us. And we can’t do that if we are a party that’s based on a foundation of lies. I think what the former president is doing is dangerous,” Cheney continued.
After that, Baier tore into Cheney’s lack of support in her own state:
So, if you look at the numbers in Wyoming, 70% of Wyoming voted for President Trump, actually more people voted for President Trump than voted for you, a higher percentage voted for President Trump. Now you’re saying you’re dedicating your life to opposing him. So why — we’ll put up those numbers — why should Wyoming voters, say, re-elect you when you’re spending so much energy opposing him? So little opposing Biden?
Cheney arrogantly told Baier he was wrong and he informed her that those were factual numbers. To that, she replied:
No, I’m not disputing the numbers, but I’m disputing your characterization of what I’m doing. I think it’s really important for us to be as strong as possible in defeating the Biden policies. We cannot do that if we enable a lie. We cannot do that if we fail to learn the lessons from the 2020 election. And the people of Wyoming believe deeply in the Constitution, the people of Wyoming know that we must use the Constitution as our shield, that we must defend the Constitution. And so when you look at the challenge that the former president is presenting right now, still today, claiming that the election was stolen, claiming that our electoral process does not accurately reflect the will of the people, no remorse or regret for January 6, continuing to use the language that we know inspired violence in the past—
LOL, What’s Liz Cheney going to do?
Take 75,000,000 people quail hunting? https://t.co/n0yvbmqtrB
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 14, 2021
She also went after Fox News indirectly, saying they had an obligation to inform voters that Trump is lying about the election results: “I’m going to answer the question. We all have an obligation. And I would say Fox News, especially, especially Fox News, has a particular obligation to make sure people know the election wasn’t stolen.”
Cheney repeated her talking points over and over during the interview and constantly chastized Baier for making his points.
For his part, Baier pointed out to the Wyoming lawmaker that Republicans believe she is obsessed with Trump and is not focusing on Biden.
She spoke of Republican leaders needing to stop being “willing to … sit by silently [and] enable” Trump’s rhetoric. Cheney also invoked the Constitution, the rule of law, and Ronald Reagan. She claims to have not voted for Biden but did not say she voted for Trump either.
“The issue isn’t whether or not we stand against the Biden policy, the issue is are we going to be a party that sits by silently while the former president continues to perpetuate lies about the election.”
Cheney denied she was running for president in 2024. Instead, she is dedicating herself to ensuring Trump is not reelected to the presidency.
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