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Liz Cheney calls Trump's election actions more chilling than imagined

World Jun 30, 2022 01:25AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) questions Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former U.S. President Donald Trump's White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, as Hutchinson testifies during a public hearing of the U.S. House Select

By David Morgan and Eric Beech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Liz Cheney said on Wednesday that Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election were "more chilling and more threatening" than first imagined, while calling on Republicans to choose between loyalty to Trump and the Constitution.

Cheney, a commanding presence on the congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot by Trump supporters, warned against descending into vitriolic partisan attacks that could tear the political fabric of the country apart and urged her audience to rise above politics.

"My fellow Americans, we stand at the edge of an abyss, and we must pull back," the 55-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

"As the full picture is coming into view with the January 6 committee, it has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined," Cheney said.

"We have to choose, because Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and be loyal to the Constitution," she said. "We must not elect people who are more loyal to themselves, or to power, than they are to our Constitution."

By opposing Trump, Cheney has become a pariah in a Republican Party that readily accommodates conservative firebrands like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, both staunch Trump allies.

After being ousted from party leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, censured by the Republican National Committee and no longer recognized by her state party, Cheney is facing a showdown against Trump in an Aug. 16 Republican primary in her home state of Wyoming.

Trump has made her a main target of his revenge campaign against his perceived Republican enemies and she is trailing Trump-endorsed Republican challenger Harriet Hageman in polling.

In a speech punctuated by cheers and applause, Cheney praised the bravery of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified at a public hearing on Tuesday that Trump knew the crowd of supporters he had summoned to Washington was armed with weapons including assault-style rifles when he urged them to march on the Capitol and sought unsuccessfully to join them.

The mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's victory over Trump.

"Her superiors - men, many years older, a number of them - are hiding behind executive privilege, anonymity and intimidation. But her bravery and her patriotism yesterday were awesome to behold," Cheney said.

Hutchinson was a top aide to Trump's then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. She testified about her conversations with him and with former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has now been subpoenaed by the committee.

Liz Cheney calls Trump's election actions more chilling than imagined
 

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Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jun 30, 2022 6:43PM ET
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Liz and (who ??) in 22 !! Then offer Her MORE in '24 !!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 30, 2022 6:37AM ET
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"I know at this moment we are confronting a domestic threat we have never faced before and that is a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic and he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man," she said.
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Co Gonz Jun 30, 2022 6:37AM ET
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Yes, as the “whistle blower “ has only 2nd hand information and they can’t seem to prove anything which is why this isn’t a real court hearing and just for show.. the show isn’t working for them except on 20 or so million Americans.. many more freedom lovers in the rest of the world..
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Of all the Republican officials who have testified to the committee, which one did you find the most compelling?
 
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