By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
During a recent appearance on political analyst David Axelrod’s podcast, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney compared former President Donald Trump’s remarks about election fraud to claims made by the Chinese Communist Party.
Cheney appeared on the latest episode of “The Axe Files,” which is hosted by Axelrod, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
During her appearance, Axelrod asked if Cheney was uncomfortable with Trump’s claims about election fraud leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January.
“There were a number of occasions where I spoke out with respect to things like guaranteeing a peaceful transition of power even before we got to the election,” she said. “The other thing that occurs to me is when you listen to Donald Trump talk now, when you hear the language he is using now, it is the same things that the Chinese Community Party say about the United States and our democracy.”
She added that when Trump claims the nation’s democratic system is broken and incapable of conveying the word of the people, it is similar to propaganda spread by the CCP against the U.S.
Cheney and Axelrod noted that she voted with the former president 93% of the time he was in office, but she was not one to blindly follow his lead. She pointed out a time when she criticized Trump for siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he believed the Russian’s statements over reports by U.S. intelligence agencies.
The representative has also tried to explain to Wyoming voters the reasoning behind her vote to impeach Trump following the Capitol attack by comparing him to Obama.
“One of the ways I explained my vote to my constituents is ‘You need to imagine if it were Barack Obama doing these things, if it were Barack Obama had tried to steal the election, had been pressuring local democratic officials to change the results in defined votes,'” she said.
Cheney has received much blowback from her impeachment vote, even being removed from her position as House Republican Conference chair. Wyoming legislators Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, announced their respective campaigns against Cheney for her House seat in response to her vote.