U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, compared former President Donald Trump’s claims of a rigged election to Chinese Communist Party claims about the United States.
“When you listen to Donald Trump talk now, when you hear the language he’s using now, it is essentially the same things that the Chinese Communist Party, for example, says about the United States and our democracy,” she said on David Axelrod’s podcast “The Axe Files.”
Despite Democrats claiming that Russians interfered with our election to help install Trump as our president for nearly four years, suddenly Cheney takes issue with people casting doubt on our electoral process.
“When he says that our system doesn’t work … when he suggests that it’s, you know, incapable of conveying the will of the people, you know, that somehow it’s failed — those are the same things that the Chinese government says about us,” she whined further. “It’s very dangerous and damaging … and it’s not true.”
She also took a shot at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his visit to Mar-a-Lago after the January 6 Capitol riot, saying she “was stunned” and “could not imagine any justification for doing that.”
“As I said, I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history,” Cheney said. “And so the idea that a few weeks after he did that, the leader of the Republicans in the House would be at Mar-a-Lago, essentially, you know, pleading with him to somehow come back into the fold, or whatever it was he was doing, to me was inexcusable.”
Cheney’s anti-Trump rhetoric has ramped up since she was ousted as House Republican Conference chair.
During an unhinged floor speech preceding the vote that would decide her future, Cheney let all of her opinions on Trump fly and, in the process, sounded like a Democrat party mouthpiece.
“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 ranted. “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.”
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
She then declared that the “election is over,” but to this day continues to talk about the “threat” of Trump as if he maintains a shred of the power he had while acting as president. Cheney even believes that Trump incited the Jan. 6 riot, and flat-out denies that the election was “stolen,” though she continues to support the rash of election reform bills that have arisen as a result of Republican action on those very claims.
“I think everybody should want a situation and a system where people who ought to be able to vote and have the right to vote can vote, and people who don’t, shouldn’t,” she explained on ‘Axios on HBO’ in May. But when host Jonathon Swan pushed her on Trump’s role in the creation of these bills, Cheney pretended that he had no influence.
“What was the big problem in Georgia that needed to be solved by a new law? What was the big problem in Texas? What was the big problem in Florida? … What are they solving for?” Swan asked, noting that these were the states that Trump and Republicans had specifically singled out after the election.
“I think you’ve got to look at each individual state law,” Cheney answered. “I will never understand the difference, for example, to voter ID. There’s a big difference between that and a president of the United States who loses an election after he tried to steal the election and refuses to concede.”
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