Liz Cheney Demands GOP 'Steers Away' from 'Trump Cult of Personality'
Embattled Republican turns to leftist media to write anti-Trump op-ed
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney has urged Republicans to "steer away" from the "Trump cult of personality" as she faces losing her leadership position for criticizing President Donald Trump.
Cheney turned to the leftist establishment media for help by writing an op-ed in The Washington Post, asserting that "the GOP is at a turning point" and "history is watching us."
"In public statements again this week, former President Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen.
"His message: I am still the rightful president, and President Biden is illegitimate.
"Trump repeats these words now with full knowledge that exactly this type of language provoked violence on Jan. 6."
"And, as the Justice Department and multiple federal judges have suggested, there is good reason to believe that Trump's language can provoke violence again.
"Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this."
She concluded with this:
"We Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality."
"In our hearts, we are devoted to the American miracle. We believe in the rule of law, in limited government, in a strong national defense, and in prosperity and opportunity brought by low taxes and fiscally conservative policies."
Cheney's remarks come as Republicans position themselves to remove her post as the third-ranking Republican in the caucus.
The frontrunner for replacing Cheney is reportedly a Trump loyalist. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).
Trump issued a statement the same day as Cheney's op-ed, writing:
"Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership. We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement and prioritize the values of America First."
"Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!"
Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was caught blasting Cheney signaling her days as House Republican Conference chairwoman were over.
According to Axios, McCarthy was reportedly caught on a hot mic as he slammed Cheney to Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy.
“I think she’s got real problems,” McCarthy reportedly told Doocy.
“I’ve had it with… I’ve had it with her," he declared.