GOP Rep. Liz Cheney delivered a scathing rebuke to former President Donald Trump and GOP leaders at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday night, recounting some of the damning details the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 2021 has so far uncovered and praised the bravery of the witnesses – especially the young assistants – who have come forward to help his investigation.
“We are facing a threat from within that we have never faced before – and it is a former president who is trying to unravel the foundations of our Constitutional Republic,” said Cheney, deputy chairman of the House committee. . “And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages of this dangerous and irrational man.”
The congresswoman’s scathing criticism of Trump comes as the former president is said to be weighing the launch of another presidential bid, potentially before the midterms.
Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming facing a Trump-backed primary challenger later this summer, acknowledged it would definitely be an “easier way” to just look the other way. But she also said everyone has a responsibility to deal with the threat to democracy that Trump poses.
“No party, no people and no nation can defend and perpetuate a constitutional republic if it accepts a leader who has gone to war against the rule of law, against the democratic process or against a peaceful transition of power, against the Constitution herself,” she said.
Cheney went on to say that the “full picture emerges” of Trump’s actions thanks to the committee’s nearly year-long investigation on Jan. 6. “It became clear that the efforts that Donald Trump oversaw and deployed were even scarier and more threatening than we could have imagined,” she said.
Speaking directly to his own party, Cheney said it might be “painful for Republicans to accept,” but said GOP members had to make a choice.
“Republicans cannot be both loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution,” she said to loud applause.
Switching to a more optimistic tone, Cheney said she had been encouraged by some of those she had encountered over the past year, including those who had agreed to testify publicly before the select committee.
“Especially young women – young women who instinctively seem to understand the peril of this moment to our democracy. And young women who know it will be up to them to save him,” Cheney said. “And I was incredibly moved by the young women I met who came forward to testify before the January 6 committee.”
Cheney specifically praised former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who a day earlier had given shocking testimony before the select committee.
“His superiors – men several years older – a number of them are hiding behind executive privilege, anonymity and intimidation. But his bravery and patriotism yesterday was awe-inspiring to behold,” Cheney said “Little girls across this great nation are seeing what it really means to love this country and what it really means to be a patriot.”
“I want to speak to all the young girls watching tonight,” the MP concluded. “The power is yours, as is the responsibility. … These days, for the most part, men run the world – and it really isn’t going so well.