How Liz Cheney, Republican party’s voice of reason, is fighting Trumpism
Liz Cheney is Vice-Chair of the House select committee probing Capitol riots
She has made the case that Trump knew the 2020 Presidential election was not stolen
Dick Cheney’s daughter has been critical of Trumpism in the Republican party
“There will come a day when president Trump is gone. But your dishonour will remain,” said Liz Cheney, Vice-Chair of the House of Representatives select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots after the riots. Cheney, 55, daughter of former United States Vice President Dick Cheney has emerged as a rare Republican voice of reason at a time when Abraham Lincoln’s party has been taken over by far-right forces who believe in conspiracy theories and Donald Trump. While at risk of being side-lined, Liz Cheney has stood up and helped Americans understand what happened on January 6, 2021.
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The House select committee has held two public hearings so far, first on June 9 and another on June 13. Liz Cheney has led the two hearings from the front. During the first hearing, Cheney heaped fact upon fact to show how Donald Trump and his allies tried to fool the American people into believing the 2020 election was stolen. A loyal Republican, she could have attempted to colour the Trump influence as a fringe phenomenon. But she did not. She has been upfront in articulating that Trumpism is at the front-and-centre of the Republican party.
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During the first hearing, Cheney said, “…on January 6th, after he spent hours watching a violent mob besiege, attack, and invade our Capitol, Donald Trump tweeted, but he did not condemn the attack. Instead, he justified it. These are the things and events that happen, he said when a sacred landslide victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long.”
While making her case in course of the first public hearing, Liz Cheney detailed how Trump spurred people on to violence and did not act even when his advisors insisted that he do. “The president understood, even before the election, that many more Biden voters had voted by mail in ballots in several states would not begin until late in the day and would not be complete for multiple days,” Cheney said.
Dick Cheney’s daughter, spearheading the probe on January 6 riots, has spent her life espousing conservative opinions. She has always maintained a hawkish stance on foreign policy and has been vociferously pro-business. A conservative’s conservative, Cheney’s break with mainstream Republicanism happened as the mainstream of the Republican party was transformed as Trumpism became the GOP’s mainstay.
Through her public admonishment of the influence of Trumpism in American polity, Liz Cheney has defined herself as one of the most visible members of the Republican middle. Many in the US media community believe Cheney is preparing for a 2024 presidential run. In May 2021, she said she intends to be “the leader, one of the leaders, in a fight to restore our party.” Cheney’s positioning on Trump makes her one of the most viable Republican leaders in the post-Trump era.
Many of her recent political postures have been with regard to her rejection of the Trump sway in Republican markers. A firm supporter of the globalised system of finance and America’s position in it, Cheney has been a critic of Trump’s America First policy. She had opposed proposals to withdraw from Afghanistan and slammed what she called the “Putin wing” of the Republican Party.
Prior to her leading the Jan 6 select committee probe, Liz Cheney made headlines last decade for openly taking a position against same-sex marriage. This led to a public fallout with her sister who wrote in a Facebook post that one should think all families should be treated equally. “Liz’s position is to treat my family as second-class citizens,” said Mary Cheney, Liz Cheney’s younger sister, who is married to a woman – Heather Poe.
“President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. You will also hear about plots to commit seditious conspiracy on January 6, a crime defined in our laws as conspiring to overthrow, put down, or destroy by force the government of the United States or to oppose by force the authority thereof,” said Cheney, in course of the first public hearing, the same Cheney who had once refused to denounce adherents of Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories.