Liz Cheney has claimed some Republicans voted against impeaching Donald Trump because they were ‘afraid for their lives’ as she admitted she regrets voting for him in the 2020 election and warned he poses an ‘ongoing danger’ to America.
Cheney told CNN’s Jake Tapper Friday that several GOP members of Congress told her they feared for their safety in the lead-up to February’s vote to impeach Trump for inciting the January 6 Capitol riot.
The Wyoming Representative said she believes some fell in line with the wider party because of these concerns and insisted more lawmakers were in favor of his impeachment ‘than are willing to say so’.
Cheney was ousted from her role as House Republican leader this week amid a backlash from staunch Trump allies.
The ex-number three in the party was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the violent insurrection. Since then, she has been a vocal critic of the former president and his efforts to overturn the result of the presidential election.
‘I think you have more members who believe in substance and policy and ideals than are willing to say so,’ Cheney told CNN.
‘If you look at the vote to impeach, for example, there were members who told me that they were afraid for their own security – afraid, in some instances, for their lives.
‘And that tells you something about where we are as a country, that members of Congress aren’t able to cast votes, or feel that they can’t, because of their own security.’
Trump was acquitted in the Senate in a vote of 57-43 with just 10 Republicans crossing party lines and voting to convict.
Trump had pushed false election fraud claims since he lost the election to Joe Biden and, on the morning of the riot, held a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally where he told his supporters to ‘fight.’
Cheney called Trump an ‘ongoing danger’ to the nation as she said we have to ‘get to the bottom of what happened in 2020.’
‘I think that people have been lied to,’ she said.
‘I think that it’s really important for all of us to get to the bottom of what happened in 2020, what happened on January 6 and to go forward looking toward truth.’
She said she felt she had an ‘obligation’ to speak out against Trump’s false election fraud claims and warned that ‘we’ve had a collapse of truth in this country.’
‘We’ve seen an evolution of, you know, a general situation where conspiracy theories are rampant, where good people in a lot of instances have been misled and believe things that are not true,’ said Cheney.
‘And so, I think that we all have an obligation to make sure we’re doing everything we can to convey the truth, to stand for the truth and to stand for the Constitution and our obligations.’
She added: ‘There’s an ongoing danger and we’ve got to continue to stand up against it.’
Cheney went on to say that ‘we have to save the Republican party’ and hit out at people coming to Washington to be ‘social media stars.’
Congress didn’t used to ‘have the vitriol flying back and forth that we certainly have over the last several years,’ she said.
‘People ought to want to be there and work hard and not be social media stars. That’s not the right reason to be there,’ she said.
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