By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney took to social media early Monday to criticize former President Donald Trump for his scathing remarks about former Vice President Mike Pence, saying the former president is in danger of inciting a riot similar to the one seen in 2021.
Cheney said that Trump’s continuing claims that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” by President Joe Biden could lead to a riot similar to what was seen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Trump uses language he knows caused the Jan 6 violence; suggests he’d pardon the Jan 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy; threatens prosecutors; and admits he was attempting to overturn the election,” she wrote. “He’d do it all again if given the chance.”
Trump suggested over the weekend that Pence, as vice president, could have voted in the Senate to overturn the results of the presidential election to put Trump back into office.
“If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had ‘absolutely no right’ to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?” Trump said Sunday. “Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”
There is no evidence that the election was stolen from Trump, and numerous judges have thrown out cases suggesting otherwise.
Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the committee investigating the events that occurred before and during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol.
She has regularly criticized the former president for his claims regarding the election, as well as her fellow Republicans who have sided with him, including her presumptive opponent in her GOP primary race for re-election, Harriet Hageman.
Cheney was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump following the riot. He was later acquitted, but has made Cheney a favorite target of his jabs since he has left office.
Prior to her impeachment vote, Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time.