Liz Cheney calls Trump a ‘domestic threat’, says Republicans can’t support both him and the Constitution

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., called former President Trump a “threat from within” Wednesday night during a speech at the Reagan Library in Southern California.

“We are facing a threat from within that we have never faced before – and it is a former president trying to unravel the foundations of our Constitutional Republic,” Cheney said. “And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages of this dangerous and irrational man.”

She told the audience that Republicans “can’t be both loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution,” to a round of applause after recounting allegations that the Jan. 6 committee, of which she is member, brought against Trump regarding his actions that day in 2021.

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, pound "It's time to choose" speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Simi Valley, Calif.  The speech is part of a series focused on the conservative movement to answer critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Vice Chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, delivers her “Time for Choose” speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 , in Simi Valley, Calif. The speech is part of a series focused on the conservative movement to address critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cheney is one of two Republicans (Rep. Adam Kinzinger is the other) on the Jan. 6 panel and could face a tough challenge in his August primary. The election has very few polls, but one paid for by a group supporting Trump-endorsed opponent Harriet Hageman has Cheney behind by 30 points.

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Yet the MP insisted: “No party, no people and no nation can defend and perpetuate a constitutional republic if it accepts a leader who has gone to war against the rule of law, against the democratic process or against the transition peaceful power – with the constitution itself.”

Cheney also mentioned global threats like Russia and North Korea and lambasted President Biden for the economy, but she focused on Trump.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, pound "It's time to choose" speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Simi Valley, Calif.  The speech is part of a series focused on the conservative movement to answer critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Vice Chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, delivers her “Time for Choose” speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 , in Simi Valley, Calif. The speech is part of a series focused on the conservative movement to address critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“The efforts that Donald Trump oversaw and deployed were even scarier and more threatening than we could have imagined,” she said, referring to testimonies and other alleged revelations from the court hearings. Jan. 6, adding that his alleged actions are both “undeniable” and “painful” for Republicans to accept.

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Speaker Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Speaker Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., listen as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28.  2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Speaker Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., listen as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28. 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

She said she made her choice to no longer support Trump first as a mother because she wanted her children and their children to live in a country where “the peaceful transfer of power is guaranteed.”

Then she did it as an American and a person of faith, she told the crowd.

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Quoting former President Ronald Reagan, she said: “It is up to us in our time to choose and choose wisely between the difficult but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom and the temptation to ignore our duty. and to blindly hope for the best as the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.”

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