Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, the House Republican No. 3, called on her party on Tuesday to "make it clear that we are not the white supremacist party," arguing that elected Republicans are the ones responsible for the riot. January 6 strongly condemn. at the Capitol.
"It is very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away," said Ms. Cheney at a virtual foreign policy event hosted by the Reagan Institute"It is very important, especially for us Republicans, to make it clear that we are not the white supremacist party."
'You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial in the Capitol that day, for example; you saw the Confederate flag being carried around the roundabout, and I think we as Republicans especially have a duty and a duty to stand up to it, to stand up to the insurgency. "
The comments of Ms. Cheney, the only Republican leader to vote to impeach former President Donald J. Trump for instigating a congressional uprising that killed 6, are some of the most powerful comments yet to come from party leaders in the United States. aftermath of the noise. And they confirmed what was long believed: Despite facing internal reprimands and political backlash at home for her indifferent charges against Mr. Trump's role in the uprising, Ms. Cheney is not going to take her criticisms of the former president. moderate.
Mr. Trump's allies were outraged by Ms. Cheney's decision last month to vote to impeach him. In Wyoming, the Republican Party condemned her, citing the vote, and called for her to resign.
Some Republicans in Congress retaliated by forcing an internal ballot conference in an attempt to strip her of her leadership position. Ms. Cheney eventually held on to her leadership position in a crooked secret ballot, despite declining to apologize for voting to impeach Mr. Trump.
On Tuesday, she redoubled her criticism of Mr Trump's role in the January 6 uprising, calling his blasé reaction while attacking lawmakers an "existential threat to who we are". which & # 39; cannot be minimized or downplayed, and it can never happen again. "
Ms. Cheney also attacked the "America First" foreign policy that Mr. Trump and his allies had defended in Congress, calling the ideas behind it "as dangerous as they were in 1940 when isolationists launched the America First movement to defeat Hitler. appease and prevent America from helping Britain in the fight against the Nazis. ”
"Isolationism was wrong and dangerous then, and now it's wrong and dangerous," she said.
She also extended her criticism to media outlets falsely reporting that the presidential election was fraudulent or stolen, accusing them of "contributing to a very dangerous set of circumstances".
Her comments contrasted sharply with those of her fellow House Republican leaders. Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican, declined on Sunday to admit that the election had not been "stolen". of Mr Trump, while arguing that President Biden was the & # 39; legitimate & # 39; president, but that several states did not implement their election laws correctly. California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, has made a series of varying comments about whether Trump is responsible for the riot.
Republican lawmakers "who take our oaths and obligations seriously," Ms. Cheney said, "will send our party and our country into the future. We will rectify the unforgivable injustice of January 6."