- Rep. Liz Cheney compared Trump’s comments about the US to the Chinese Communist Party.
- Cheney said the former president’s words only served to undermine confidence in US elections.
- The congresswoman also blasted Kevin McCarthy for meeting with Trump after the Capitol riot.
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming recently compared President Donald Trump’s false election claims to the Chinese Communist Party’s messaging, blasting his rhetoric as “dangerous and damaging.”
In an interview published on Monday with David Axelrod, a former White House senior advisor, on CNN’s podcast “The Axe Files,” Cheney said Trump’s comments only served to undermine confidence in the election system.
“When you listen to Donald Trump talk now, when you hear the language he’s using now, it is essentially the same things that the Chinese Communist Party, for example, says about the United States and our democracy,” she said.
She added: “When he says that our system doesn’t work, that our democratic process – when he suggests that it’s incapable of conveying the will of the people, that somehow it’s failed, those are the same things that the Chinese government says about us.
“And it’s very dangerous and damaging, and it’s not true.”
Cheney was ousted last month as the chair of the House Republican Conference, the third-highest-ranking position in the GOP caucus, over her continued admonishment of Trump for his role in the deadly Capitol riot on January 6, when insurrectionists breached the building in an attempt to stop the certification of the election.
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In January, Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
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In announcing her vote to convict, she gave a blistering indictment of Trump’s conduct.
“None of this would have happened without the President,” she said at the time. “The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
While Cheney continued to criticize Trump for relitigating the election, GOP leaders including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said they’d lost confidence in her ability to help steer the party’s message heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
After a vote last month, Cheney was replaced on the leadership team with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York.
During the interview with Axelrod, Cheney condemned McCarthy for meeting with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club after the riot.
“I was stunned,” she said. “I could not imagine any justification for doing that. And I asked him why he had done it, and he said, well, he had just been in the neighborhood, essentially.”
She added: “The idea that a few weeks after [Trump] did that the leader of the Republicans in the House would be at Mar-a-Lago essentially, you know, pleading with him to somehow come back into the fold or whatever it was he was doing, to me, was inexcusable.”