By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and former President Donald Trump are once again trading barbed words about Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that he was the rightful winner.
In a statement Monday morning, Trump claimed that the election would henceforth be known as “the BIG LIE.” Cheney has shot down these claims multiple times from the former president, but again took to social media to repeat her thoughts.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she wrote on Twitter Monday.
While speaking at a conference in Georgia on Monday, Cheney expanded on her comments about the former president, according to CNN.
“We can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy,” she said. “We can’t whitewash what happened on Jan. 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on Jan. 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”
Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him was part of the reason Cheney ultimately voted to impeach him earlier this year following the riot at the U.S. Capitol. She was only one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump.
The attack occurred as Congress was confirming the Electoral College results, which certified Joe Biden as the president-elect. Five people were killed during the riot.
Cheney received much criticism from Wyoming Republicans as a result of her impeachment vote, which also prompted two Wyoming state legislators to run against her for the congressional seat.
The U.S. House Republican conference even voted in February to decide whether or not Cheney would keep her seat as conference chair, which she ultimately did.