U.S. Representative Liz Cheney told a crowd at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics that former President Donald Trump continues to endanger the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law because he falsely maintains that the election was stolen from him .
Cheney, the Republican MP for Wyoming, called on Republican leaders to put truth above party politics.
In his opening speech at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Awards held at St. Anselm College, Cheney called Trump a “domestic threat: a former president trying to undo the foundations of our constitutional republic, aided by political leaders, who used willing hostages for this dangerous and irrational man.
Cheney, who is deputy chair of the House committee investigating the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, berated his party leaders for allowing Trump to falsely claim that the November 2020 election was stolen.
The former president was recently a keynote speaker at a House Republicans fundraiser, where he reiterated that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and he called the crowd violent that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 a legitimate protest, Cheney said.
“I know this nation needs a truth-based Republican Party,” Cheney said. “The one who puts forward our ideals and our policies on the basis of substance, the one who is ready to reject the lies of the former president, the one who is ready to tell the truth that millions of Americans have been tragically led into. mistake by former President Trump, who continues to this day to use language he knows provoked violence on Jan.6.
Cheney stressed her commitment to conservative ideals such as limited government, low taxes and family values, saying she did not agree with the policies and actions of ruling President Joe Biden.
But she said Republican leaders must prioritize protecting the U.S. Constitution and democratic institutions before achieving political goals. “I love my party, I love its history, I love its principles. But I love my country more, ”she said.
“Are we going to put the duty of our oath above partisan politics?” Or when we look away from danger, ignore the threat, accept lies and allow the liar? ” she asked. “There is no gray area.
In his speech, Cheney also said that students should learn more about American history, including that the United States was correct in dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese at the end of World War II.
“Our children need to know that they are citizens of the most powerful, good, and honorable nation in human history, the Great Nation,” she said. “Ordinary Americans did heroic things to ensure his survival.”
The event, which raises funds for the nonprofit Loeb School, honored Webster couple Tara Gunnigle and Jon Pearson, who received the 2021 First Amendment award for their relentless pursuit of public documents that revealed a purchase illegal land by the former treasurer of the town of Webster.
“What a great story for the citizens and students here, that at the end of the day it’s the people who make the difference,” Cheney said.