On Wednesday evening at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves as vice-chair of the January 6 House Select Committee, laid out the case against former President Donald Trump in a speech that earned her a standing ovation.
Cheney began by labeling Trump a “domestic threat” and calling Republicans his “willing hostages.”
“At this moment we’re 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. And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man. Now, some in my party are embracing former President Trump. And even after all we’ve seen, they’re enabling his lies. Many others are urging that we not confront Donald Trump, that we look away, and that is certainly the easier path. One need only look at the threats that are facing the witnesses who’ve become who’ve come before the January 6 committee to understand the nature and the magnitude of that threat.”
The Wyoming Republican also touched on the many revelations that have come out during the Jan.6 committee’s hearings and got rousing applause when she noted:
“And when the violence was underway, he refused to take action to tell the rioters to leave. Instead, he incited further violence by tweeting that the vice president, Mike Pence, was a coward. He said, quote, Mike deserves it. And he didn’t want to do anything in response to the ‘Hang Mike Pence’ chants. It’s undeniable. It’s also painful for Republicans to accept. And I think we all have to recognize and understand what it means to say those words and what it means that those things happened.
“But the reality that we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose because Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution.”
Cheney also praised former Trump administration official Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified on Tuesday before the Jan. 6 panel:
“Her bravery and her patriotism yesterday were awesome to behold. Little girls all across this great nation are seeing what it really means to love this country and what it really means to be a patriot.”
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