Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said that several Republican members of Congress have encouraged him privately to take a stand against the former president Donald Trump But will not make those comments public.
During an interview with Leslie Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which aired Sunday, Cheney said both the House and Senate Republican silently supported him. Cheney, an outspoken critic of Trump’s 2020 election campaign, was fired in May from his leadership role at the GOP for supporting Trump’s impeachment following the January 6 Capitol riots.
“Do members of Congress, Republicans, come up to you privately and whisper in your ear, ‘They’ll go, Liz,’ and encourage you, but won’t come forward and say it publicly?” Stahl asked Cheney.
“Yes. A lot,” Cheney replied.
Asked why those who admire and encourage his stance would not join him, Cheney said it was often down to fear that taking action against Trump would put political risks.
“The argument you often hear is that if you do something that is supposed to be against Trump, you will put yourself in political trouble,” she said.
“And it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy because if Republican leaders don’t stand up and condemn what happened, the voices in the party that are so dangerous will only get louder and stronger.”
Cheney said the way to fight untruth – like Trump’s false narrative that the 2020 election was full of fraud – was to challenge it.
“Silence enables liars,” she said. “And the silence helps spread it. And so the first thing you have to do is say no, I’m not going to accept that we’re going to live in a post-truth world. It’s a poison, Leslie, in our political bloodstream.
“Because while we allow that to continue to face the decisions of the courts, in the face of recalculation, to demonstrate to the face of what is going on that there was no fraud that would have changed the outcome. .. If we do this, we are contributing to the weakening of our system.”
Cheney, one of two Republican members of the select committee that investigated the January 6 attack on the Capitol, has been the target of Trump’s personal attacks since challenging his lies about his electoral loss, and as a former president. is facing a tough re-election battle. His associates work to oust him in the primary.