In her first interview since being ousted from leadership, Representative Liz Cheney continued to divide the Republican Party, calling for a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump.
Cheney (R-WY) made the statement in a discussion with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today Show Thursday.
The Political Insider previously reported on Cheney’s comments creating a new conspiracy theory that Trump would “unravel the democracy to come back into power.”
But, as is typical of those Republicans afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome, she took it a step further, calling for a criminal investigation into the former President.
Cheney accused Trump of having incited protesters at the Capitol in early January despite his statement to supporters that they “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
“For reasons I don’t understand, the leaders within my party have decided to embrace the former president who launched that attack,” Cheney claimed.
“I think the American people have to know,” she continued. “And certainly any president who did what we know this former president did has got to be investigated criminally.”
Liz Cheney Wants A Criminal Investigation Of Trump
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Cheney’s obsession – and that’s just what it is, an obsession – with Trump is something truly remarkable to behold.
She may want to toss a picture of Rachel Maddow on her mirror and practice making statements like this beforehand. And if it sounds like something the MSNBC host would say when you’re practicing in the mirror, you’re no longer a Republican.
You’re a messenger for the corrupt mainstream media.
Any doubts about her being removed from leadership should no longer linger, if they were even there in the first place.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney is trying to warn Americans about “how committed Trump was to overturning the election, how determined some are to succeed next time,” says @JakeTapper. https://t.co/7PlWRHaKQC pic.twitter.com/6sCEWZpG08
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 13, 2021
Cheney has spent months focusing extensively on Trump and his supporters, rather than addressing party unity or shared conservative goals.
Rather than voting her conscience on impeachment and moving on, she has continued to eviscerate Trump and his millions of supporters. Those supporters being the very people who make up the Republican Party’s continued existence.
Just recently, Cheney accused Trump voters of believing “the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and vowed to campaign on impeaching him “every day of the week.”
In an op-ed for the Washington Post last week, Cheney encouraged Republicans not to embrace Trump’s “cult of personality.”
Trump “must not ever again be anywhere close to the Oval Office,” she told Guthrie.
President Trump lives rent-free in Liz Cheney‘s head. It’s fascinating to watch her obsession on television.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) May 13, 2021
Her Own Big Lie
And while Cheney likes to reference ‘big lies,’ Fox News host Bret Baier had to call her out on one she helped promulgate as a useful idiot for the media last summer.
A major election-time story involving claims that Russia put bounties on American troops in Afghanistan imploded last month when the White House revealed that U.S. intelligence does not have conclusive evidence that the reports were ever true.
Cheney helped push that story.
NEW: U.S. intel walks back blockbuster ‘Russian bounties’ claim https://t.co/jtPzfALH1L
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) April 15, 2021
A Politico report at the time read, “in her latest rebuke of Trump, Cheney openly questioned whether the president was aware of reports that the Russians offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. troops and demanded the administration take a more aggressive posture toward the Kremlin.”
Baier asked Cheney if she had any regrets about “taking part in spreading the story.”
FWIW, quite a few people in recent weeks who generally like Cheney — including those not on the Hill — were extremely disappointed with how she worked so hard to help the NYT spread its false anti-Trump story about Russia bounties. https://t.co/rM1dbnMI6U
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 21, 2020
“I said, if these reports are true, then the White House must explain why they did not brief the President or Vice President,” she replied in a tense exchange.
“So, you know, I remain concerned about the intelligence,” she added, unwilling to let the false news story go.
A Cheney Using BS Deep State Intel, Impossible!
Liz Cheney Grilled On Fox News For Pushing The Anti-Trump “Russian Bounties” Story
Bret Baier: “We’ve since learned that that intelligence was pretty shotty, poorly sourced. Do you regret taking part in spreading that story?” pic.twitter.com/xlb5DHc2XD
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 13, 2021
Cheney, who suddenly has a singular focus on the well-being of the nation, helped Democrats undermine the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief all to the benefit of our enemies.
Hardly somebody who belongs in Congress, much less a leadership role.
Following her ouster on Wednesday, Trump issued a statement blasting Cheney as “a bitter, horrible human being.”
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