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Liz Cheney: Trump Can't Be Ignored, His Rhetoric Continues To Be "An Ongoing Danger"


Former GOP conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney responds to being ousted of her position, and speaks out against her successor Elise Stefanik. "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace asked Cheney why she can't move on from criticizing the former president:

REP. LIZ CHENEY (R-WY): Well, I think it is absolutely the case that we have to have the strongest position possible going forward so we can take back the House, the Senate, and the White House.

The issue is that, you know, we cannot do that if we are embracing the big lie, if we are embracing what -- what President Trump -- what former President Trump continues to say on a nearly daily basis, which is claims that the election was stolen, using the same language he used, that he knows provoke violence on January 6th. In order for us to be in the strongest possible position to be able to prevail, to be able to defeat the ideas that we see coming from the other side that are really bad for the country, we have to be a party that's based on a foundation of truth. And I'm -- I'm not willing to be complicit or silent in the face of those lies coming from President Trump.

WALLACE: But I guess the -- the argument is, just as a practical politician, and you are a practical politician, what about the millions -- tens of millions of Republican voters who still support Donald Trump? Why alienate them? I guess the question is, you know, just ignore them, just don't take the bait and focus on your issues. He's -- he's a -- living in Mar-a-Lago.

CHENEY: Well, you know, I wish we could do that, Chris, but, unfortunately, as I've said over the course of the last several weeks, former President Trump continues to be a real danger. What he's doing and what he's saying, his claims, his refusal to accept decisions by the courts, his claims continued as recently as yesterday that somehow this election was stolen.

You know, what he's doing is he's causing people to believe that they can't count on our electoral process to actually convey the will of the people. You know, we have to be a nation of laws. If -- if you continue to reject -- if you reject the rulings of the courts, if you work against the rulings of our courts, then you really are at war with the Constitution. And -- and he is a continuing danger to our system.

Those millions of people that you mentioned who supported the president have been misled. They've been betrayed. And certainly as we see his continued action to attack our democracy, his continued refusal to accept the results of the last election, you see that ongoing danger.

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