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Trump 'poisoning' democracy with 'big lie' claim: key House Republican

PoliticsMay 03, 2021 05:10PM ET
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By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday said former President Donald Trump was "poisoning our democratic system" with his persistent false claims that his November election defeat was the result of fraud.

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a Trump critic, assailed him in a tweet, risking further raising the ire of the former president's allies in their Republican Party.

"The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system," Cheney tweeted without mentioning Trump by name.

But earlier on Monday, Trump in a statement appeared to be trying to redefine the term "the big lie," adopted by his critics, in the way he commandeered the phrase "fake news" during his presidency.

"The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" Trump said.

President Joe Biden defeated Trump by more than 7 million votes, and Trump's claims of fraud at the time were repeatedly rejected by courts and state and federal election authorities.

Opinion polls show large numbers of Republican voters accept Trump's claims of fraud, which helped spark the deadly Jan. 6 riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol, an unsuccessful attempt to stop the certification of Biden's victory.

Six in 10 Republicans also believe Trump's false claim the election was stolen and the same proportion of Republicans think he should run again in 2024, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in March.

Cheney survived an effort by Trump allies to oust her as House Republican Conference chairwoman this year after joining nine other House Republicans to vote for his impeachment on Jan. 13.

"PREDICTION: she'll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!" Texas Republican Lance Gooden tweeted over the weekend. Other Republicans have risen to Cheney's defense, including Senator Susan Collins.

Americans may be hearing much more from Trump this week, if Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) on Wednesday decides to lift a suspension of his account put in place after the Capitol riot.

Trump 'poisoning' democracy with 'big lie' claim: key House Republican
 

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Special Forces
Special Forces May 05, 2021 9:27AM ET
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Trump OFF Facebook... de-activation is slowly closing in from all directions
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 1:45AM ET
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I'm more concerned that Liz Cheney is the number 3 Republican in the house.
TL Chan
TL Chan May 04, 2021 12:45AM ET
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Could not believe you have this rib**sh , cancerous people like her in US.
fran Suavi
fran Suavi May 03, 2021 9:22PM ET
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She is a cancer. Vote her out
fran Suavi
fran Suavi May 03, 2021 9:21PM ET
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She is a cancer. She should be prosecuted for treason
Bob Collins
Bob Collins May 03, 2021 9:17PM ET
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Liz Cheney won’t have any leadership role in the GOP soon. And this will be her last term. She is a subversive.
Chuck Huff
Chuck Huff May 03, 2021 9:01PM ET
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Ad Cline, you gotta be consistent in your talking points. Pick one --- Bigotry , racism, ignorance, cruelty, racism OR lies, racism, bigotry, corruption, and blatant attempts to destroy American constitutional democracy. Pick one brother and run with it. I personally like the latter.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 9:01PM ET
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Ad Cline using the scared tactic to convinced people that the other party is bad while he is the racist one
John Lakran
John Lakran May 03, 2021 8:52PM ET
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Only the guilty fight so hard to stop an investigation to prove their innocence. If there was no fraud then let the audit happen and we can be done with it once and for all.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver May 03, 2021 8:25PM ET
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my new gal pal I might even turn repub bc of her
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 8:25PM ET
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Haha you are already a racist and white supremacist
Yankee Steve
Yankee Steve May 03, 2021 6:27PM ET
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I never believe what Darth Vader’s daughter says.
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Roger Miller May 03, 2021 6:15PM ET
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The establishment, including the entire Democratic party, believe democracy should be about giving politicians control over their lives and property. They as our our political saviors know what’s best for us. They rely on uninformed voters far more than President Trump ever did.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle May 03, 2021 5:55PM ET
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It is very simple. As long as the gop don't distance themselves from narcist Trump, they will not be in power again.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Like the racist Sleepy Joe you voted for? White liberals are the most racist people in the US
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 5:25PM ET
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Trump was a test for America. We passed, but barely. He made us weaker by convincing a third of the country to believe baseless conspiracies without questioning. The republican party is lost.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 5:25PM ET
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And yet you racist white liberals believe in Ukraine Gate and Russia collusion lmao
Ad Cline
Ad Cline May 03, 2021 5:25PM ET
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Hung Pham another Russian bot trying to pose as someone there not. gee Russian is that all you got.
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Ad Cline May 03, 2021 4:39PM ET
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Liz Chaney is far to left of Trump's fascism. trump and his minions support Trump's corruption, his pay for play schemes ripping off Republican doners . his support for inserection and sidition. his self admitted sexual abuse of women. for Liz the party standards he and his supporters represent they are not real Republicans. they are fascist that high Jacked and turned it into the party of shame and fascism.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 4:39PM ET
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Haha White Racist liberal strike again. Look at all the big city and tell me who rip off the people more
James Pattison
James Pattison May 03, 2021 4:00PM ET
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Liz chaney is not a key republican... shes barely a republican although she is the most conservative democrat in the democrat party
Ad Cline
Ad Cline May 03, 2021 4:00PM ET
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the one thing you can be sure of she is no Democrat. anyone saying such a thing is ignorant of American politics; Russians are so ignorant.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 4:00PM ET
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Ad Cline white liberal like yourself are the most ignorant people in the US lol
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 4:00PM ET
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Not a key republican?....isn't she the third most powerful republican in the house?
Kevin Eddlemon
Kevin Eddlemon May 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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Liz is a RINO just like Romney. They should just switch to the commie (democrat) party already. Good riddence
Ad Cline
Ad Cline May 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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Kevin.. Kevin.. is that any to talk about your betters.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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Ad Cline better than you white racist liberal lol
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Ad Cline May 03, 2021 2:48PM ET
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the Republican party is splintering. if that continues, then Ameica wins. A new party form, one that will strengthen America, and finally the fascist elements in American politics will be marginalized.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 2:48PM ET
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America lost when white racist liberals win.
Ad Cline
Ad Cline May 03, 2021 2:41PM ET
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Danny Levine another true believer in TRump's big lie.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 2:41PM ET
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Ad Cline a white racist liberal believe in conspiracy theories lol
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Ad Cline May 03, 2021 2:33PM ET
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Steve Lora and Felipe Daniel true believers in Trump's fascism and Tump's attempt to overthrow democracy in America.
danny Levine
danny Levine May 03, 2021 2:29PM ET
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RINO
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Felipe Daniel May 03, 2021 2:24PM ET
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Why listen to anything Cheney has to say, her father lied about Iraq having WMD and caused direct death of over 1 million Iraqis.
Ad Cline
Ad Cline May 03, 2021 2:24PM ET
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why listen to anything Trump has to say it will just be another winy lie to rationalize his incompetent, illicit, deceitful immoral, corrupt behavior.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 2:24PM ET
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Ad Cline why listen to white racist liberals? Lol
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Me comment May 03, 2021 2:21PM ET
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Let those 60% of republicans vote for him while the other 40% vote for the democratic candidate, giving trump another landslide loss for his ego to absorb.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver May 03, 2021 2:21PM ET
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he loved losing again and again with his frivolous lawsuits
Steve Lora
Steve Lora May 03, 2021 2:10PM ET
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Trump is bring in multi millions to the RNC. He'll be the major force for Republicans who'll easily win the House of Representatives and possibly US Senate
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Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 2:10PM ET
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Chris Cummins white Liberals are the most racist people in the US.
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Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 2:10PM ET
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Hung Pham  Proud boys are second? KKK third?
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 2:10PM ET
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Hung Pham  Let me guess, you actually believe that today's GOP is the party of Lincoln? It is like the GOP skipped history lessons and went straight to FOX sound bites.
Steve Lora
Steve Lora May 03, 2021 2:10PM ET
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Liz Cheney is finished. She polled in a "WY" poll ..6% of Trump voters support her and 10% of all Republicans support her in Wyoming. Trump received 70% of the state Nov 2020
Steve Lora
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Trump is have many rallies this summer. They will be larger than 2016,2020. Democrats fear this as does Reuters and rino primary Republicans
 
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