Liz Cheney, the third-ranking GOP member in the House, on Tuesday called on the Republican party to “make clear we aren’t the party of white supremacy.” Cheney’s remarks came during an event hosted by the Reagan Institute.
“It’s very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” Cheney said. “And it’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy.
“You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial… you saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda,” she said, referencing the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. “We, as Republicans, in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.”
Cheney was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump last month over his role in the insurrection. She has been outspoken in her criticism of Trump’s role in the attacks, even as those from her party have failed to hold him accountable.
“The president and many around him pushed this idea that the election had been stolen. And that is a dangerous claim. It wasn’t true,” she said. “There were over 60 court cases where judges, including judges appointed by President Trump and other Republican presidents, looked at the evidence in many cases and said there is not widespread fraud.”
Cheney’s comments come as just this past weekend the number two House Republican, Steve Scalise, continued to promote the narrative of a stolen or illegitimate election during an interview on ABC.
Cheney has been censured by her state party over her impeachment vote. Earlier this month she survived an attempt at removal from her leadership post by those in her party critical of her comments on Trump.
“It’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy… I think we as Republicans in particular have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.” pic.twitter.com/yfeorTlhcW
— Poli Alert (@polialertcom) February 24, 2021