“We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have a former president who has not conceded and who continues to suggest our electoral system cannot function,” the Wyoming Republican said on ABC’s “This Week.” “To cause that kind of questioning about our process, frankly, is the same kind of things the Chinese Communsit Party says about democracy. That it is a failed system and America is a failed nation.”
“I won’t be part of that and I think it is very important for Republican who won’t be part of that to stand up,” Ms. Cheney said.
Her willingness to take on Mr. Trump has raised questions about her political future in Wyoming.
Ms. Cheney’s stance led to her ouster as chair of the House Republican Caucus last week. She was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, the 36-year-old New York Republican who has defended Mr. Trump and received his endorsement.
Still, Ms. Cheney has refused to back down, and took to the television talk show circuit Sunday to insist that it is dangerous for Republicans to promote Mr. Trump’s stolen election claims. She said it hurts the party as it looks to pick up the pieces after losing both chambers of Congress and the White House on Mr. Trump’s watch.
“At this moment, the majority of the Republican Party is not where I am. But it is my responsibility as an elected official, it is my responsibility as a lead to lead and to tell the truth,” she said.
“He absolutely should and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed,” Ms. Cheney said.
“I think he very clearly and said publicly that he’s got information about the president’s state of mind that day,” she added.
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