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Liz Cheney Claims Republicans Have Privately Encouraged Her To Continue Attacking Trump

Representative Liz Cheney, in an interview with “60 Minutes,” claims she has Republican lawmakers secretly cheering on her efforts to attack former President Donald Trump.

“Have members of Congress, Republicans, come up to you privately and whispered in your ear, ‘Way to go, Liz’ and encouraged you but won’t come forward and say that publicly?” interviewer Leslie Stahl asked the congresswoman.

“Yes,” Cheney replied.

She went on to claim “a lot” of GOP lawmakers were cheering her on “both in the House and the Senate.”

The Wyoming Republican, currently serving on the Democrat-led select committee investigating the Capitol riot, suggested the Republicans supporting her privately are not coming forward due to political reasons.

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Liz Cheney: Republicans Privately Support My Trump Attacks

Representative Liz Cheney said the Republicans who are refusing to publicly support her efforts in attacking Trump are concerned about being put in “political peril.”

That should be music to Trump’s ears.

“The argument that you often hear is that if you do something that is perceived as against Trump that, you know, you’ll put yourself in political peril,” Cheney said.

“And that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she added, “because if Republican leaders don’t stand up and condemn what happened then, the voices in the party that are so dangerous will only get louder and stronger.”

Cheney has been gung-ho about her role on the January 6 select committee, despite a report in August by Reuters indicating the FBI found little evidence to suggest that the Capitol riot was a coordinated attack by the pro-Trump crowd.

“The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials,” Reuters wrote.

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Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Also making headlines from her “60 Minutes” interview, Liz Cheney said she was wrong to have ever opposed same-sex marriage, citing her sister, Mary.

“I was wrong. I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much,” she said. “It’s a very personal issue, and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation.”

News surfaced last week that George Bush and Karl Rove would be headlining a Texas fundraiser for Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY).

Trump issued a statement indicating he wasn’t overly fond of the decision.

“RINO former President George ‘Dubya’ Bush and his flunky Karl Rove are endorsing warmongering and very low polling, Liz Cheney,” he said.

Earlier this month, Trump announced his official endorsement of Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman in her primary bid against Cheney.

Trump said Hageman “is strong on crime and borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our military and our vets, and will fight for election integrity.”

In response to the endorsement, Cheney tweeted, “Bring it.”

Hageman will have significant name recognition and fundraising hurdles to overcome if she is to unseat Cheney. 

Cheney has frequently sided with Democrats in their description of the events at the Capitol riot.

She has accused Trump voters of believing “the big lie” –  an actual Democrat talking point – 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, Cheney encouraged Republicans not to embrace Trump’s “cult of personality.”

 

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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