Liz Cheney Says Mike Pence Was ‘Essentially The President’ On Jan. 6 Because Trump Refused To Send Reprieve

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Then-U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with then-Vice President Mike Pence for a Make America Great Again rally at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan on Nov. 2, 2020.PhoPhoto by Brendan Smialowski/TBEN via Getty Images

  • Liz Cheney poked in a blazing speech Monday by Trump and members of the Republican Party.

  • Cheney suggested Mike Pence was “essentially” the acting president on January 6, 2021.

  • “White House staff knew it, and so did every Republican and Democratic leader in Washington,” she said.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday filed scathing charges against former President Donald Trump and members of the Republican Party in one of her first speeches since her primary defeat last month.

Cheney this week delivered the Walter Berns Constitution Day lecture at AEI, a center-right economic think tank in Washington DC, where he warned that America’s freedom is in a dangerous position and urged the country to hold Trump accountable for his actions. role in the January 6 Capitol uprising.

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Cheney, as the top Republican on the House Select Committee investigating the insurgency, has long been one of the few outspoken GOP critics of Trump — a stance that ultimately cost her her congressional seat after Trump spent months backing her Republican challenger. .

But Cheney didn’t dwell on her political woes on Monday, opting instead to further rebuke Trump’s actions, or lack thereof, on Jan. 6, 2021.

“I hope you all heard the testimony during our hearings of a select committee of Pat Cipollone, confirmed by Cassidy Hutchinson and others of President Trump’s staff at the White House,” she said. “Testimonial that President Trump was the only person who refused to respond to desperate calls for help, even from his own congressional allies. He refused to come to their aid.”

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Several witnesses, including Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee that they were surprised at Trump’s inaction when rioters stormed the US capital on Jan. 6.

In her speech on Monday, Cheney suggested that Trump’s second-in-command, Mike Pence, step into the role of his superior.

“If you’ve been following our hearings closely, you’ll understand that Vice President Mike Pence was the president for most of that day,” she said. “The White House staff knew it, and so did every other Republican and Democratic leader in Washington.”

After Trump attacked Pence on Twitter for refusing to turn down electoral college votes for President Joe Biden, rioters across the Capitol began “hanging Mike Pence.” Hutchinson testified earlier this summer that Trump defended the insurgents’ call for violence, saying “Mike deserves it.”

In his recent autobiography, “So Help Me God,” Pence wrote that during the events of January 6, he was not afraid, but angry.

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“I was angry at what I saw, how it desecrated the seat of our democracy and dishonored the patriotism of millions of our supporters, who would never do such a thing here or anywhere else,” Pence wrote.

According to “The Divider,” a new book by Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, Trump has said he would not choose Pence as his running mate if he launches a 2024 campaign.

“It would be totally inappropriate” to choose Pence as his running mate, Trump said, according to the book. “Mike committed political suicide,” the former told Glasser and Baker.

In her speech, Cheney also urged people to review testimony from the commission’s summer hearings and listen to what several former Trump officials said about the then-president’s actions under oath after 2020.

“How can Trump’s refusal to act, his betrayal or our Republic, our Constitution, our principles, come at no cost?” she said.

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