Donald Trump Poses a Danger to American Democracy, Says Liz Cheney
Rep. Liz Cheney expressed concern on Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s reelection would be a “death blow” to American democracy if he were to win the presidency again.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” the Wyoming Republican said President Barack Obama “crossed lines that no American president had ever crossed before.” The interview took place days before the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot on January 6.
“You know, we put the future of our country in the hands of the president, and when he doesn’t tell the mob to stop when he doesn’t defend any of the other branches of government, we can’t trust him.”
Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) is chairing a House committee investigating the Capitol riot, which included Trump’s role. Cheney is one of nine House members serving on the committee.
During the election, she said, “we watched what this president did from beginning to end, the lies that he told, the lengths to which he went to war with the rule of law.” The rulings of over 60 courts, including those he appointed, were completely ignored by him. He also refused to send assistance and refused to order people to stand down for several hours while the attack was taking place.
She stressed her opposition to the policies of the Biden administration, saying that opposition to President Joe Biden should come from “conservative, principled leadership,” rather than from President Donald Trump, in her remarks.
It is necessary for the Republican Party to make a decision. ‘We can either be loyal to our Constitution or loyal to Donald Trump, but we can’t be loyal to both,’ she stated emphatically.”
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He was responding to remarks made by Hillary Clinton, Trump’s primary opponent in the 2016 election. “If he’s not held accountable and he gets to do it again, I think it could be the end of our democracy,” she said in an interview that aired on Thursday on MSNBC.
According to Clinton, “If he or someone of his ilk were to be re-elected president… you would no longer recognize our country.”
They were echoed by Thompson, who appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning.
“As I’ve watched the film, as I’ve toured the Capitol, as I’ve talked to Capitol police officers, Metropolitan police officers, and National Guardsmen, I’ve come to the conclusion that we were dangerously close to losing this democracy as we know it,” he said.