Monday, September 26, 2022

Liz Cheney: Trump’s latest Jan 6 comments show he would ‘do it again’

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) said on Monday that Donald Trump’s dangerous comments at Saturday’s rally show that the former president will provoke another riot like the one on January 6, 2021.

The congressman, who co-chairs the House Select Committee to Investigate the Insurrection, told NBC News that some Trump followers who tried to cancel the 2020 election by forcibly storming the US Capitol “have been charged with things like sedition.”

“He uses the same language that he knows caused the January 6th violence, and I think that tells us that he would clearly do it all over again if given the chance,” Cheney said.

At a rally in Texas on Saturday night, Trump urged his followers to stage “massive protests” in several cities if he is prosecuted for any crimes.

If “these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do something wrong or illegal, I hope in this country we will have the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington DC, in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere because our country and our elections are corrupt,” he told his audience.

Between repeated lies that the 2020 election was rigged, Trump also said he would offer pardons to his followers accused of crimes in the uprising he instigated.

“If I run and if I win, we will treat these people fairly from January 6th. We will treat them fairly,” he said. “And if it requires a pardon, we will give them a pardon. Because they are being treated so unfairly.”

The former president’s comments drew backlash from both Democrats and Republicans.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (R-Calif.), a member of the Jan. 6 House committee, warned Sunday that the Proud Boys and other extremists have heard Trump’s latest “call to arms,” ​​leaving the country “in very dangerous territory with this rhetoric.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) said Sunday that Trump’s promise to pardon the Capitol rioters was dangerous and “inappropriate.” Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of inciting the attack, said Trump should not have made such a promise. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (right) also broke with the former president over his promise to pardon the rioters.

“This just can’t be who we are as Americans,” Cheney told NBC News on Monday. “That can’t be who we are as Republicans.”

On Sunday, Trump admitted in a written statement that he wanted former Vice President Mike Pence to “cancel the election” and criticized lawmakers’ efforts to prevent such an act. Trump was referring to a push to reform the Electoral Count Act, a law he used to try to pressure Pence to block confirmation of the January 6, 2021, election results. Pence refused to do so.

The House committee investigating the uprising is subpoenaing a growing number of former and current Trump aides to find out the ex-president’s exact role in the events of January 6, 2021. The Justice Department also recently confirmed that it was investigating the submission. fake Trump “electors” in states where Biden won.

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