Liz Cheney Is on the Warpath: ‘We’re Electing Idiots’ and Attacks Donald Trump
Liz Cheney Has Thoughts
Former Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney has remained a staunch critic of Donald Trump and has said that she is committed to ensuring that he can never return to the White House. On Monday, while speaking at an event with the cultural and community center, 92nd Street Y, New York, Cheney has harsh words in describing the state of American politics – suggesting, “we’re electing idiots.”
Though she didn’t name names, she was blunt in her assessment.
“Look, I think that the country right now faces hugely challenging and fundamentally important issues. What we’ve done in our politics is create a situation where we’re electing idiots,” she said, prompting applause from the audience.
“And I think electing serious people can’t be partisan,” Cheney went on to add.
Stopping Donald Trump
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, also made clear she would not run for president if she thought it would help Donald Trump return to the White House.
“I really believe, and I’ve never believed something as strongly as I know this, that the single most important thing for the country is Donald Trump can’t be anywhere near the Oval Office again,” she explained.
That was a sentiment Cheney said again on Tuesday in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Holt asked the former Republican congresswoman if she’d make a third-party run.
“I’m not going to do anything that helps Donald Trump, and I think that I’ll make a decision about what I do and what comes next later this year. I feel very strongly about how important it is that we not let slip away what is so special and magnificent about this nation,” Cheney responded.
Cheney has admitted she has no chance of winning the Republican nomination and has made it clear that she wouldn’t attempt a run if it would benefit Trump in the primaries.
Trump – A Threat to Democracy
It was just last month that she warned that former President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 election was a threat to democracy.
“After the 2020 election and the attack of January 6th, my fellow Republicans wanted me to lie. They wanted me to say the 2020 election was stolen, the attack of January 6th wasn’t a big deal, and Donald Trump wasn’t dangerous,” Cheney said during a commencement address at her alma mater, Colorado College in Colorado Springs. “I had to choose between lying and losing my position in House leadership.”
Responding to the Newly Released Donald Trump Tapes
Cheney also discussed the newly released audio recording of a 2021 meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey, where former President Donald Trump discusses holding secret documents he did not declassify. In the recording, Donald Trump is heard riffling through papers and then said, “This is highly confidential.”
The paper in question was reported to be a secret Pentagon document with plans to attack Iran. CNN first obtained an audio recording.
“I think that we’ve seen now with the audio tape that is out today as well that there’s simply no question that he’s unfit to be the President of the United States,” Cheney said. “Accountability really matters, accountability for those issues that we’ve now seen in terms of the indictment over the documents, accountability for what he did on January 6 really matters. I think the Department of Justice has done a good job in terms of the prosecution and the convictions they’ve obtained for hundreds of people who were in the capital. I think it’s fundamentally important that not just the foot soldiers are held to account for what happened, but that accountability goes all the way up to the top.”
She echoed her belief that Donald Trump can never be anywhere near the Oval Office. Cheney, who lost her primary last year to a Trump-backed Republican candidate, has warned that the Democrats may be underestimating the lengths that the former president may go as he seeks to win back the White House.
“I tell this to my Democratic friends and I have more Democratic friends now than I used to,” Cheney said to Holt. “It’s really important for Democrats to take him seriously. There can be a tendency sometimes for people on the Democratic side to say ‘well look, the Republicans will nominate him, the Republicans are a mess, but we’ll be able to beat him in a general.’ That is playing with fire and it’s a risk we can’t take.”
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