With high stakes to gamble as she could either gain the respect of detractors or possibly lose her job.
The Wyoming Republican has said that Republicans who continue to indulge former President Donald Trump’s lie about a “stolen” election are being a party to the collapse of American democracy at large.
“We are absolutely in a moment where we have to make a decision about whether we’re going to put our love of this country above partisanship,” Cheney told CBS News on Sunday. “And to me there’s just no gray area in that question.”
“We are not in a situation where former President Trump has expressed any sense of remorse about what happened. We are, in fact, in a situation where he continues to use even more extreme language, frankly, than the language that caused the attack,” she said in the interview. “And so, people must pay attention. People must watch, and they must understand how easily our democratic system can unravel if we don’t defend it.”
“I have found myself, especially since January 6th, thinking often of my great-great-grandfather and of the Union he fought to defend,” Cheney said in a recent speech.
“The question for every one of us is, in this time of testing, will we do our duty?” she asked after receiving a 2022 Profile In Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston. “Or will we look away from danger, ignore the threat, embrace the lies?”
Cheney was booted from GOP leadership four months after the insurrection. She was replaced by another female lawmaker, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who is less conservative.
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The select committee, which was created by a vote of the House last June, has interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses about the attack of Jan. 6, when thousands of Trump supporters, roused by his false claims of a stolen election, marched on the Capitol in an effort to block Congress from certifying his defeat.
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Seven people died in connection to the rampage, and more than 150 police officers were injured.
On Thursday, the panel meets for a prime-time hearing to lay out its findings.
An NBC News poll released Monday found that less than half of respondents — 45 percent — believe Trump was responsible for the attack, down from 52 percent in January 2021.