It is a binary choice: you cannot do both. Period.
Rep. Liz Cheney spoke at the Reagan Library for its “A Time For Choosing” speaker series, and she held nothing back in criticizing her fellow Republicans. (So much for Reagan’s 11th Commandment.)
The Washington Post reports, Liz Cheney says Republicans face a choice: Trump or the Constitution:
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) rattled off a list Wednesday night of what she considers the biggest threats facing the country, ranging from government regulation to inflation. But one threat looms above all others, she warned: former president Donald Trump.
“At this moment we’re confronting a domestic threat that we have never faced before — and that is a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic,” Cheney said from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
An outspoken Trump critic, Cheney chided GOP members she said have made themselves “willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man.” Now, she said, they face a choice.
“Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution,” she said.
The statement was met with applause.
[At] Wednesday’s event, a speaker series titled “A Time For Choosing” hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Cheney said threats to American democracy are growing and the country stands “at the edge of an abyss.”
“As the full picture is coming into view with the Jan. 6 committee, it has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined,” she said, highlighting recent testimony claiming Trump wanted to lead the armed mob to the Capitol last year.
The bombshell testimony was delivered by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, on Tuesday during a surprise committee hearing. Cheney praised Hutchinson, saying her “bravery and her patriotism yesterday were awesome to behold.” Trump has denied Hutchinson’s claims.
Since the start of the hearings this month, Cheney has stressed that the GOP faces a crossroads, telling fellow Republicans that some in their party are “defending the indefensible” and that there “will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
She repeated that theme on Wednesday.
“No party and no people and no nation can defend and perpetuate a constitutional republic if they accept a leader who’s gone to war with the rule of law, with the democratic process, or with the peaceful transition of power — with the constitution itself,” Cheney said.