MANCHESTER, NH (AP) – Republican Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump is at war “with the rule of law and the Constitution” and that GOP lawmakers who sit quietly are supporting his efforts.
Cheney, a Trump critic who is the deputy chairman of a congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising, said the challenge now is whether citizens will do their duty and “defend the Constitution and stand up for the truth.”
“Will we keep our oath above partisan politics or will we look away from danger and danger, embracing lies and enabling liars?” Cheney asked while speaking at a First Amendment event in New Hampshire. “When it comes to that question, when it comes to the moment, there is no gray area. There is no middle zone.”
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges of inciting the January 6 uprising. Hundreds of Trump supporters violently pushed past police, broke into the US Capitol building and obstructed the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory in a vain bid to keep Trump in office.
His scathing criticism of Trump and his insistence on Congress to investigate the Capitol attack resulted in his removal from the post of GOP convention chairman and caused a serious primary challenge back home. Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has framed Trump and the January 6 uprising as a fight for survival for the Republican Party and democracy itself.
“This country needs a Republican Party that is based on truth,” he told the crowd at the First Amendment Awards event of the Neckie S. Loeb School of Communications at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. The crowd welcomed him with polite applause and there were no protesters outside the event.
He called for a Republican party “one that lays out our ideals and our policies in essence, one that is ready to reject the lies of the former president. One that is willing to tell the truth that millions have been professed by former President Trump.” Americans, tragically misled, continue to use the language they know today to incite violence on January 6th.”
Cheney said he had heard of people who underestimated the January 6 uprising and said, “It wasn’t such a big deal because our institutions were organized.”
“I tell those people, our institutions do not defend themselves. We, the people, defend them,” she said. “Our institutions held on January 6 because there were brave men and women, at every level of our government There were elected officials who did their duty, who stood up for what was right, who resisted pressure to do otherwise.”
Some Republican Party officials in Wyoming announced in August that they would no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the party after they voted to impeach Trump. Many have also announced plans to challenge Cheney next year. Trump has endorsed Wyoming Attorney Harriet Hejman for the seat.
Cheney, for his part, has reported record fundraising, which far exceeds the amount raised by his competitors.
On Tuesday, January 6, the House Committee issued summons to 10 more former officers. Those who worked for Trump towards the end of his presidency, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Senior Adviser Stephen Miller.