House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.) on Wednesday urged the GOP to steer away from what she called a “Trump cult of personality” while vowing to continue speaking out in the face of Republican backlash.
Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has faced rising criticism within the House Republican caucus over her vote to impeach former President Trump earlier this year. In a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday afternoon, Cheney said she stood by her statements and called on the party to back away from Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen, saying he is “seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure.”
“Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this,” Cheney wrote.
“History is watching. Our children are watching. We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be,” she wrote.
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