Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third House Republican, on Tuesday called on her party to “make it clear that we are not the party of white supremacy,” saying elected Republicans must strongly condemn those responsible for the riot January 6. at the Capitol.
“It is very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” Ms. Cheney said at a virtual foreign policy event hosted by the Reagan Institute. “It is very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make it clear that we are not the party of white supremacy.
“You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, on Capitol Hill that day; you saw the Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda, and I think that we Republicans in particular have a duty and an obligation to oppose that, to resist the insurrection.
The remarks by Ms Cheney, the only Republican leader to vote to impeach former President Donald J. Trump for instigating an insurgency in Congress that left 6 dead, are among the most forceful comments yet to come from heads of government. party following the riot. And they cemented what has long been assumed: that despite internal reprimands and political backlash at home for her wholehearted indictment of Mr. Trump’s role in the insurgency, Ms. Cheney has no plans to moderate his criticism of the former president.
Mr. Trump’s allies were furious at Ms. Cheney’s decision last month to vote to impeach him. In Wyoming, the state Republican Party censored her, citing the vote, and called on her to resign.
Some Congressional Republicans retaliated by forcing a vote at the internal conference in an attempt to strip it of its leadership position. Ms Cheney ultimately retained her leadership position in an imbalanced secret ballot, though she refused to apologize for voting to impeach Mr Trump.
On Tuesday, she redoubled her criticism of Mr. Trump’s role in the Jan.6 riot, calling his response blasé as lawmakers came under attack as an “existential threat to who we are” that “cannot be downplayed or trivialized, and it can never happen again. “
Ms Cheney also attacked the “America First” foreign policy that Mr Trump and his allies in Congress had championed, calling the ideas behind them “just as dangerous today as they were in 1940. when the isolationists started the America First movement to appease Hitler and prevent America did not help Britain in the fight against the Nazis. “
“Isolation was bad and dangerous then and it is wrong and dangerous now,” she said.
She also extended her criticism to the media who falsely reported that the presidential election was fraudulent or stolen, accusing them of “contributing to a very dangerous set of circumstances”.
His comments contrasted sharply with those of his fellow Republican House leaders. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, Republican No.2, refused on Sunday to concede that the election was not “stolen” from Mr. Trump, simultaneously arguing that President Biden was the “legitimate” president but that several States had not administered their election laws properly. California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, offered a series of changing comments on whether Mr. Trump was responsible for the riot.
Republican lawmakers “who take our oaths and obligations seriously,” Ms. Cheney said, “will steer our party and our nation into the future. We will right the unforgivable wrongs of January 6. “