Rep. Liz Cheney on future of GOP, ‘we have to save the party’

WYOMING — Representative Liz Cheney was busy this week appearing on news outlets, talk shows and radio stations to discuss the future of the Republican Party following her removal from her leadership position.

On May 14, Cheney appeared on CNN’s The Lead, with Jake Tapper.

That same day, House Republicans elected Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to fill Cheney’s post. The secret ballot vote was conducted behind closed doors. Trump-backed Stefanik beat Rep. Chip Roy of Texas 134-46. Stefanik is a moderate turned Trump loyalist who supports Trump’s false claims of election fraud during the 2020 Presidential election.

Tapper asked Cheney if she was concerned about Trump running for President in 2024. He also asked if she is worried about how Trump has “purged people” like her and others who have stood up against Trump’s claims of election fraud.

Cheney responded saying, “He [Trump] won’t succeed. He may try, but he won’t succeed.”

“I think what we’ve seen is how important the role individuals have to play in defending the system and how important that is. Our system held. The institutions held. There’s an ongoing danger and we’ve got to continue to stand up against it,” said Cheney.

Cheney also spoke about how she does not see her efforts as courageous. “This is not landing on Omaha Beach or being at a forward operating base in Afghanistan,” she said, “This is duty and it’s about truth.”

She said, “We have to save the party. I think the country needs the Republican Party.”

Cheney also spoke to Guy Benson on The Guy Benson Show on May 14. She said, “this is not about policy at all.”

“I voted 93% of the time with him, supported his policies the vast majority of the time, and still do support deregulation and cutting taxes and investing in our military — those are all really important things — securing our border. So, it isn’t about policy.” She said.

“For me, obviously, the claims he began to make after the election, in particular, and then January 6th changed everything and created a situation where you had a line that could never be crossed. I’m not willing to be silent in the face of the continued claims that he’s making about the election. I’m not willing to participate in perpetuating a lie. I think that’s dangerous for the Republic. It’s dangerous from the perspective of the Constitution, and it prevents us from moving forward,” said Cheney.

She said, “We have to be willing to convince people who left us in 2020 that they ought to come back again. The only way to do that is by being clear that our party is one that’s based on substance and ideas, and that we’re committed to the truth and that we reject lies”

On Wednesday, May 12, House Republicans voted behind closed doors to remove Cheney from her role as the party’s No. 3 House leader. She has been outspoken about former President Donald Trump who still has an influence on the GOP.

During a speech on the House floor on the eve of the vote to oust her, Cheney said, “Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.”

“I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” said Cheney.

Cheney faced scrutiny for fist-bumping President Joe Biden when he approached her on April 28 prior to addressing a joint session of congress. She responded to the controversy in a Tweet on April 30.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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