Rep. Liz Cheney condemned former President Donald Trump for “ poisoning our democratic system ” while continuing to falsely state that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“The 2020 presidential election has not been 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 is coming to an end.
Representative Liz Cheney slammed former President Donald Trump in a tweet Monday morning, standing her ground as the highest-ranking anti-Trump Republican in Congress
Cheney patted 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 a statement Monday morning attempting to co-opt the term “ big lie, ” which has been used to describe his election falsehoods.
On Monday, however, Trump tried to emphasize that the big lie is “ The Fraudulent President Election of 2020, ” rather than referring to the falsehoods he has said about the election being fraudulent.
“It’s at a boiling point,” a House GOP lawmaker told The Hill newspaper Saturday. This is not about Liz Cheney trying to impeach Donald Trump; this is not about Donald Trump at all. The point is that Liz Cheney is completely out of sync with the majority of our conference. ‘
“As we focus on uniting the Republican Conference and our mission to regain the majority, she is focused on the past and proving a point,” the house member continued. “She’s alienating herself from the conference, and I imagine if she doesn’t resign, there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be skewed in the opposite direction of what it was.”
Another GOP lawmaker speculated against The Hill, “She could go down in a second vote.”
In February, Cheney – the No. 3 Republican in the House – survived a leadership vote 145-61.
The vote took place by secret ballot, so Trump and his allies couldn’t easily go after those who continued to support Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president, who voted to oust Trump earlier this year.
More recently, however, Cheney has annoyed Republicans by, for example, giving a fist to Democratic President Joe Biden during last week’s Congressional speech.
They told the New York Post in an interview published a week ago, that a presidential bid was not off the table.
Cheney also said lawmakers who supported the attempt to challenge electoral college votes on the day of the uprising should not be viewed as presidential material.
“I really think some of our candidates who led the charge, especially the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, don’t want to certify the election, you know, that’s disqualifying in my opinion,” Cheney said.
A total of 147 voted to have the election results destroyed, including eight US senators.
Of those eight, Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley likely to issue presidential bids in 2024.
Cheney’s anti-Trump tweet on Monday came after the former president sent out a statement attempting to co-opt the phrase ‘the big lie’ for his own means.
‘The fraudulent 2020 presidential election will be known as THE BIG LIE starting today!’ Trump wrote.
Biden began using the term “ the big lie ” to describe Trump and his allies making false claims about electoral fraud 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 step down.
“I think next time they just have to be flat to be beaten,” Biden replied. “And I think the American public can see very well who they are.”
“They are part of the big lie,” Biden continued.
Biden then addressed 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,” Biden said. By the way, Trump said before he fled, 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 who follow him, like Cruz and others, are just as responsible as he is,” Biden objected.
Cheney has gone out of her way to debunk Trump’s ‘big lie’ while other Republicans have gotten back in line.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – as was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – was originally critical of Trump’s role in the January 6 uprising, only to visit the ex-president in Mar-a-Lago and make peace with him .
McConnell and Trump are still arguing.