Rep. Liz Cheney slammed former President Donald Trump for ‘poisoning our democratic system’ as he continues to falsely spout that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
‘The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,’ Cheney tweeted Monday morning. ‘Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.’
Cheney’s tweet comes amid reports that her time as House GOP Conference Chair could be coming to an end.
Rep. Liz Cheney slammed former President Donald Trump in a Monday morning tweet, standing her ground as the highest-ranking anti-Trump Republican in Congress
Cheney knocked Trump for continuing to spread election falsehoods, writing that he and others pushing the ‘BIG LIE’ are ‘poisoning our democratic system’
Former President Donald Trump sent out a statement Monday morning trying to co-opt the term the ‘big lie,’ which has been used to describe his election falsehoods
On Monday, however, Trump tried to push that the big lie is ‘The Fraudulent President Election of 2020,’ instead of it referring to the falsehoods he’s said about the election being fraudulent
‘It’s at a boiling point,’ one House GOP lawmaker told The Hill newspaper Saturday. ‘This isn’t about Liz Cheney wanting to impeach Donald Trump; this isn’t about Donald Trump at all. It’s about Liz Cheney being completely out of sync with the majority of our conference.’
‘As we’re focused on unifying the Republican conference and our mission to win back the majority, she is focused on the past and proving a point,’ the House member continued. ‘She is alienating herself from the conference, and I have to imagine if she doesn’t resign there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be lopsided in the opposite direction of what it was before.’
Another GOP lawmaker speculated to The Hill, ‘She may go down in a second vote.’
In February, Cheney – the No. 3 Republican in the House – survived a leadership vote 145-61.
The vote was by secret ballot, so Trump and his allies couldn’t easily go after those who remained supportive of Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president, who voted for Trump’s impeachment earlier this year.
More recently, however, Cheney has annoyed Republicans by, for instance, giving a fistbump to Democratic President Joe Biden at last week’s Congressional address.
She told the New York Post in an interview published a week ago that a presidential bid wasn’t off the table.
Cheney also said lawmakers who supported the effort to challenge the Electoral College votes on the day of the insurrection shouldn’t be considered presidential material.
‘I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying,’ Cheney said.
Overall, 147 voted to overturn the election results, including eight U.S. senators.
Among those eight, Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are likely to launch 2024 presidential bids.
Monday’s anti-Trump tweet from Cheney came after the former president sent out a statement trying to co-opt the phrase ‘the big lie’ for his own means.
‘The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!’ Trump wrote.
Biden began using the term ‘the big lie’ to describe Trump and his allies false election fraud claims in the days following the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Two days after the MAGA riot, the then-president-elect was asked if Cruz and Hawley should resign.
‘I think they should be just flat out be defeated the next time,’ Biden answered. ‘And I think the American public has a real good clear look at who they are.’
‘They’re part of the big lie,’ Biden continued.
Biden then went into a long-winded story about Nazi propagadist Joseph Goebbels and the bombing of Dresden.
‘It’s one thing for one man, one woman to repeat the lie over and over and over again,’ Biden said. ‘By the way, Trump said that before he ran, if you say it enough, I’m going to convince you, I’ll say it enough: “the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad,”‘ Biden said.
‘If he’s the only one to say that that’s one thing, but the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is,’ Biden argued.
Cheney has gone out of her way to debunk Trump’s ‘big lie,’ as other Republicans have gotten back in line.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – was originally critical of the role Trump played in the January 6 riot, only to go visit the ex-president at Mar-a-Lago and make peace with him.
McConnell and Trump are still feuding.