WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Rep. Liz Cheney called former President Trump a “domestic threat” in front of Republicans during a speech at the Reagan Library in California on Wednesday.
- Cheney urged Republicans to choose as they “cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution.”
- Cheney praised Cassidy Hutchinson’s “bravery” for her testimony on Tuesday before the Jan. 6 committee.
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney called former President Donald Trump a “domestic threat” Wednesday evening after Cassidy Hutchinson’s Tuesday damaging testimony before the Jan. 6 panel.
“We are confronting a domestic threat that we have never faced before – and that is a former President who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional Republic,” Cheney said during a speech at the Reagan Library in Southern California.
“And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man.”
She urged Republicans to choose as ” we cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution.” Cheney received a round of applause from her audience.
Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger are the only Republican members of the Jan. 6 committee. The congresswoman faces a steep challenge in Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in her Wyoming primary this August.
Still, Cheney insisted, “No party and no people and no nation can defend and perpetuate a constitutional republic if they accept a leader who’s gone to war with the rule of law, with the democratic process or with the peaceful transition of power – with the constitution itself.”
Though she also mentioned global threats like Russia and North Korea in her speech and criticized President Joe Biden for the economy, Cheney targeted Trump.
“The efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined,” she said, referring to testimonies from the Jan. 6 hearings adding. She added that Trump’s alleged actions are both “undeniable” and “painful” for Republicans to accept.
She told her audience that she chose to no longer support Trump first as a mother because she wants her children and their children to live in a country where “the peaceful transfer of power is guaranteed.” Second, she did it as an American and a person of faith.
Cheney then quoted former President Ronald Reagan, who said, “it is up to us in our time to choose and to choose wisely between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grown stronger day by day.”
Source: Fox News