Cheney Says Trump ‘Instigating’ Capitol Riots Is ‘The Most Dangerous Thing A President Has Ever Done’
Liz Cheney lashed out at Donald Trump in a podcast interview on Saturday, where she claimed he did “the most dangerous thing” a president has ever done by “turning on” the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
“I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous, the most blatant violation of a presidential oath of office in our history,” Cheney told David Axelrod at a meeting. episode of his podcast The Ax Files, which was recorded on Saturday but released on Monday.
And so the idea that a few weeks after he did that, the Republican leader in the House in Mar-a-Lago would be essentially, you know, begging him to somehow come back in the flock, or whatever it was he was doing, to me it was unforgivable,” Cheney continued of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s trip to visit Trump at his Palm Beach residence.
Wyoming’s general representative, who was recently ousted as chairman of the GOP conference, said she was “stunned” that McCarthy visited Trump so soon after the riots, for which the former president was impeached — and acquitted.
“I couldn’t imagine any justification for doing that,” Cheney said of the Republican leader. “And I asked him why he’d done it, and he said, well, he’d actually just been around.”
Cheney was fired from her No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans last months after she continued to break up with the former president – leading to her colleagues accusing her of being out of alignment with the party.
Wyoming Representative General Liz Cheney said Donald Trump’s actions and rhetoric surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack were “the most dangerous case, the most blatant violation of a presidential oath of office in our history.”
She labeled minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s visit with Trump to Mar-a-Lago shortly after the attack as “unforgivable.” “I couldn’t imagine any justification for doing that,” Cheney said
In January, Cheney was the top Republican to vote for Trump’s second impeachment, filed by Democrats who claimed his rhetoric directly instigated the violent attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters on January 6.
Trump was eventually acquitted for a second time in the then Republican-led Senate.
During Cheney’s conversations with Axelrod, who served as Barack Obama’s senior adviser, she compared Trump’s rhetoric to leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
She said his persistent claims of “rigged” elections and questioning the validity of the US electoral system are akin to the CCP trying to discredit US democracy.
“If you listen to Donald Trump now, if you hear the language he’s using now, it’s essentially the same things that the Chinese Communist Party, say, says about the United States and our democracy,” Cheney said.
“When he says our system isn’t working,” she added, “when he suggests that it’s, you know, incapable of conveying the will of the people, you know, that somehow way failed – those are the same things the Chinese government says about us.’
“And it’s very dangerous and harmful,” Cheney insisted. “And it’s not true.”
Cheney was replaced by New York Representative Elise Stefanik, who, while less conservative in voting than Cheney, voted against Trump’s impeachment and objected to certifying the 2020 election results for Joe Biden.
Cheney was ousted as chairman of the GOP conference in May for continuing to break with Trump. She speaks to reporters on May 12 after the vote to oust her, where she said her new goal is to pave a way forward for the party without the ex-president
Cheney was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, who announced on Saturday with husband Matt Manda that she is pregnant with her first child
McCarthy helped Cheney survive a vote that attempted to oust her as the No. 3 Republican Republican vote in February for her impeachment vote, but after that, the relationship between the two lawmakers changed and he eventually supported her removal from the leadership.
The California rep’s thoughts on the Capitol riots — primarily Trump’s involvement — have been reversed.
Just a week after the attack, McCarthy said Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mafia rioters.” However, he did not support the impeachment of Trump.
Two weeks later, McCarthy visited Trump in Mar-a-Lago, where the two discussed strategy to win back the House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
McCarthy also said in May that he did not support the creation of a committee to investigate the January 6 attack — the measure was eventually blocked by Republicans in the Senate.
Since leaving leadership, Cheney has said her new goal is to pave a new way forward for the GOP without Trump and ensure he never gets a second term as president.