By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Former President Donald Trump attacked U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in a statement on Wednesday, claiming her approval rating is only 19% and adding that she is a threat to “free and fair elections.”
“With an approval rating at 19% in Wyoming, people are wise to Liz Cheney,” the former president said on his website Wednesday. “She is a threat to Free and Fair elections, which are the cornerstone of our Country, because she caved so easily on the Crime of the Century.”
The representative has been outspoken in her opposition to Trump this week after she, U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, and Fox News host Chris Wallace were each presented with a Jefferson-Lincoln Award over the weekend from the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
The Jefferson-Lincoln awards are presented each year to people whose professional achievements represent exceptional commitment to the principles of democracy, to bipartisanship and a dedication to encouraging the healthy function of the American system of government through an informed electorate.
Cheney was singled out for her commitment to the country ahead of her party and Wallace said he believed one of the reasons she was being honored was due to her vote to impeach Trump.
The former president said on Wednesday that Cheney was “happy” to join Democrats in the Jan. 6 committee to investigate the U.S. Capitol riot, which he called the next “Russia” hoax, and spread “more of their lies.”
“Cheney is far more unpopular than her father, who just lost his position as the least popular Vice President in American history to Kamala Harris. Democrats would never put up with a Liz Cheney in their ranks,” Trump said. If we had a Free and Fair media, instead of a corrupt media, those election results would never have been allowed to happen. The proof of irregularities and fraud is massive!”
During her keynote address at the St. Anselm College Nackey Loeb School of Communication’s First Amendment Award Celebration on Tuesday, Cheney said the GOP needs to admit that many Americans have been misled by Trump.
On Tuesday, Cheney called out Republican leaders who continued to allow Trump to claim that the November 2020 election was stolen and that he is the true president. She noted that House Republican leaders who attended a recent dinner with Trump remained silent when he claimed that an insurrection occurred when he was defeated in the general election.
“Political leaders who sit silent in the face of these false and dangerous claims are aiding a former president who is at war with the rule of law and the Constitution,” Cheney said.