Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is continuing her criticism of former President Donald Trump after House Republicans recently voted to remove her from her now previous position in party leadership over her consistent rebuttals of Trump’s lies about the integrity of last year’s election. Cheney is also remaining critical of Trump’s enablers, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). During an appearance on a new episode of The Axe Files podcast with host David Axelrod, Cheney reiterated her overall belief that Trump’s incitement of the January Capitol riot, which was fueled by his election lies, was “the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history.”
Liz Cheney: "What Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history."
She adds: For Kevin McCarthy to visit Trump after, "pleading with him to" come back, "was inexcusable." https://t.co/OT9Qwv2YHw
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 8, 2021
As Cheney put it, also discussing a visit by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) with Trump at Mar-a-Lago:
‘As I said, I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history. And so the idea that a few weeks after he did that, the leader of the Republicans in the House would be at Mar-a-Lago, essentially, you know, pleading with him to somehow come back into the fold, or whatever it was he was doing, to me was inexcusable.’
Trump has consistently claimed that last year’s presidential election was somehow rigged for Joe Biden, but no credible evidence for this assertion has ever emerged at any point anywhere in the country. No court has ever even partially accepted the idea either, although dozens and dozens of election-related cases have come up for consideration. While still in office, though, Trump touted the (false) idea that on January 6, when Congress was scheduled to formally certify Biden’s election victory, Trump supporters had one last chance to stop a fraudulent takeover of the nation. These bonkers, fact-free delusions drove the Capitol violence.
On The Axe Files, Cheney also compared Trump’s election lies to the rhetoric put out by the Chinese Communist Party, observing that “when [Trump] says that our system doesn’t work… when he suggests that it’s… incapable of conveying the will of the people, you know, that somehow it’s failed — those are the same things that the Chinese government says about us.” Cheney has said that she’s committed to working to stop Trump from ever regaining the presidency, should he decide to run for office again.