Republican Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney blamed the ouster of Republican California Representative Kevin McCarthy as Speaker for the current chaos in the House. She noted that McCarthy had rewarded those who had worked to alter the results of the 2020 election while ignoring the actions of January 6.
She said she was not surprised by the lack of a Speaker of the House on CNN’s State of the Union.
Republican Ohio Representative Jim Jordan was blamed, along with Kevin McCarthy’s leadership decisions taken after the 2020 election and particularly after January 6.
Cheney said Jordan was also among those who did nothing to stop the assault on democracy by former President Trump and his House allies.
She claimed McCarthy gave white supremacists and anti-Semites more prominence within the party. She contended that McCarthy-backed lawmakers attempted to tamper with and reverse the results of the 2020 election. It’s not surprising when you see the people who have had the power, she said.
During the Speakership crisis, several Republicans were subjected to violent threats, and she said that such behavior could never be tolerated in American politics. Death threats were made against several Republicans after last week’s vote on the Speaker, as reported by several members of the party.
She claims that the violent threats against senators were motivated by Trump’s bogus claims that he won the 2020 election.
Cheney went on to say that the violence has continued even though everyone knows the lie was instrumental in sparking it. Her hope for tomorrow night’s Speaker’s forum is that whether or not one “accepts that Donald Trump lost the election in 2020” will be raised, as it has been repeatedly by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado).
After Cheney publicized Trump’s unfounded election charges, McCarthy planned and backed the appointment of a Trump loyalist to replace her as GOP leader in 2021.