Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo. ), who was recently demoted from her position as the third-ranking House Republican due to her criticism of Donald Trump
, doubled down on her criticism of the former president on Sunday, calling him a "continuing danger" to democracy
and urging unity in moving
her party beyond him.
“He’s causing people
to believe that they can’t rely on our electoral process to actually convey the will of the people,” she said of Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election
in an interview with “Fox News Sunday
.” “We have to be a nation of laws. If you continue to reject, if you work against the rulings of our courts, then you really are at war with the Constitution. And he is a cynic.
Cheney was replaced as House Republican Conference chair on Friday after refusing to support Trump's ongoing claims that his reelection was stolen from him. She was also one of ten House Republicans
who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurgency.
Cheney told ABC News
' "This Week" on Friday that only a small number of her Republican colleagues believe Trump's election was stolen and that more of them would have publicly supported her if they hadn't been afraid for their own safety.
: "How many of your colleagues actually believe that stuff—that the election was stolen?" Rep. Liz Cheney: "I think it's a relatively small number." https://t.co/FUcMvx8Wz2 pic.twitter
.com/bNj96u2M6E— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 16, 2021
“We now live in a country where members’ votes
are affected because they are concerned about their security, they are concerned about threats to their lives,” she said, while also calling some of her colleagues’ dismissal of the Jan. 6 attack
at the United States Capitol
“It’s disgraceful and despicable,” she said, referring specifically to Rep. Andrew Clyde
’s (R-GA) recent downplaying of the riot, which left five people dead, as “a typical tourist visit.”
“I will not be a part of whitewashing what happened on January 6
, and people should be held accountable,” she said, accusing Trump’s staunch political supporters, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) and her GOP
chair replacement Elise Stefanik
(R-N.Y.), of being complicit in his lies.
WALLACE: Are Kevin McCarthy and Elise Stefanik complicit in Trump's lies?Liz Cheney: They are, and I'm not willing to be. pic.twitter.com/zp9kbJZKi2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 16, 2021
“I think there are some things that have to be bigger than party, bigger than partisanship, and our oath to the Constitution is one of those,” she told Fox News’ Chris Wallace
. “What’s happening right now with Donald Trump and his continued attacks on the Constitution and the rule of law is dangerous, and we all have an obligation to stand up to that.”
As a result, Cheney said she regrets voting
for him in 2020 and will do everything she can to keep him from reaching the Oval Office again, though she declined to say whether that includes running for president herself in the next election.