WASHINGTON – MP Liz Cheney, the night before Their colleagues are expected to vote on whether she should be removed from the Republican leadership of the house, torn in former President Donald Trump and his debunked election fraud claims on the floor of the house.
“Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They hear his words, but not the truth,” said the Wyoming Republican in a scathing six-minute speech.
A chorus of House Republicans led by GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Is now demands their removal from their position as chair of the House Republican Conference, she said she had repeatedly pushed back Trump’s claims Distraction from the party’s efforts to retake the house next year.
A closed-door and secret ballot is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Cheney was unbowed when she spoke in a firm and even tone on Tuesday.
“This is not about politics. This is not about partisanship. This is our duty as Americans,” she said. “Silence and ignoring the lie encourages the liar. I will not participate. I will not sit back and watch in silence as others lead our party on a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine . ” our democracy. “
Trump was charged in January for instigating a pro-Trump mob that broke into the U.S. Capitol, searched hallways, offices, and chambers of the House and Senate. Five people were killed and around 140 injured in the uprising.Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was one of 10 Republicans who voted to indict Trump.
“Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol to steal elections has resumed aggressive efforts to convince Americans that his elections were stolen. ” she said Tuesday. “He risks further violence. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president, they have only heard his words and not the truth. As he continues to undermine our democratic process, he is sowing doubts as to whether democracy really works.”
During her speech, Cheney cited America’s role as a beacon of freedom for authoritarian regimes and said Trump’s claims damaged the example America has set for decades.
“As the Party of Reagan, Republicans campaigned for democracy, won the Cold War and defeated the Soviet Communists. Today America faces another Cold War, this time with Communist China,” she said. “Attacks against our democratic process and the rule of law empower our adversaries and fuel communist propaganda that American democracy is a failure. We must tell the truth, our election was not stolen and America did not fail.”
“This is leadership. This is integrity. This is Liz Cheney,” he wrote.