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Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney has become one of Donald Trump’s most vocal critics, especially after the January 6 insurrection. In a recent interview, Cheney warned that another insurrection would definitely happen again due to Trump’s false claims of election fraud.
Cheney was on ABC’s “This Week,” and was pressed on her thoughts of being replaced by Elise Stefanik in the House leadership position of their caucus. Cheney’s continued rebuke of Trump over the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol has led to efforts by pro-Trump House Republicans to oust her from her position as the third-ranking member of the party. Cheney described the efforts to replace her with someone who also pushes Trump’s “Big Lie” of election fraud as “dangerous.”
Cheney explained that Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the 2020 elections and constant attempts to undermine the country’s electoral system should be recognized. When the Wyoming Republican was asked if she thinks there would be another insurrection similar to what happened last January 6, Cheney said “there’s no question.”
“We’ve now seen the consequences. We’ve seen how far President Trump was willing to go. We’ve seen not only his refusal to send help when it was needed, his refusal to immediately say, ‘Stop.’ And that in and of itself, in my view, was a very clear violation of his oath and of his duty,” said Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney.
Cheney was one of the 10 House Republicans that voted to impeach Trump following the violence at the Capitol that killed five people. Pro-Trump Republicans in Congress initially launched a bid to oust her from her position back in February that was unsuccessful. However, the increasing break between Cheney from Trump, pro-Trump GOP Reps, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise led to her removal.
Despite the claims of election fraud during the November elections being widely debunked, especially in states that went to Joe Biden, Trump and his allies, including right-wing networks continue to push the claims. Their lawsuits to contest the results have also been widely dismissed. In her appearance on Fox News, Cheney also ripped into the network for pushing the false fraud claims by the former president.
“We all have an obligation, and I would say Fox News, especially, especially Fox News, has a particular obligation to make sure people know the election wasn’t stolen,” Cheney told anchor Bret Baier.