WASHINGTON — Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who is facing scorn from her party over her statements about former President Donald Trump, called his election fraud falsehood a “big lie” on Monday and slammed fellow Republicans for perpetuating it.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” the GOP caucus chair tweeted.
Her tweet came as Trump issued a tweet-like statement dubbing the results of the presidential election “THE BIG LIE,” flipping on its head a phrase used during his second House-led impeachment to describe his false claims of voter fraud.
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Trump said Monday in an email.
The former president made the claim in a week with a big implication for him. He was banned or suspended from social media platforms after the Jan. 6 riot. On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board is set to announce its ruling on whether his suspension on the platform should be permanent.
Cheney — one of 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump over his alleged incitement of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — could be in danger of losing her position as leader of the GOP caucus due to her continued outspoken criticism of the former president, in a split from colleagues who have remained loyal to his false claims about the 2020 election being stolen.
Although In February, Cheney sidestepped an attempt to strip her of her leadership title despite pushes from Republicans like Rep. Matt Gaetzof Florida, and calls from Trump and his allies to vote her out of office. She was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party.
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Last week, amid a House Republican retreat, she repeated her call for the Republican Party to move on from its focus on Trump as a figurehead for the party. She has clashed with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who, in an apparent poke at Cheney, said the purpose of the GOP’s retreat was to develop public policy, and if “you’re talking about something else, you’re not being productive.”
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Cheney has seen some support from Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said three months ago that she was an “important leader” and had the “courage” to act on her convictions. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also defended Cheney over the weekend in an interview with CNN.
“Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscious,” Collins said. “She did what she felt was right and I salute her for that.”
“If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, told The Hill. “Liz isn’t going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes.”
Gonzalez also voted to impeach Trump.