“My fellow Republicans pressured me to lie after the 2020 election and the January 6th attack,” Liz Cheney claimed during a speech. She said “they” wanted her to declare the 2020 election was rigged, the January 6 attack didn’t matter, and Donald Trump wasn’t a threat to the country.
During her commencement address at Colorado College on Sunday, former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a former third-ranking member of the House GOP, lambasted both her party and her former House colleagues.
Continuing her monotonous drumbeat to the graduates of her alma college, the outspoken opponent of Trump, the current 2024 GOP frontrunner, said she had to choose between lying and losing her position in House leadership.
She was referring to being kicked out of GOP House leadership and replaced as head of the House Republican Conference by Representative Elise Stefanik, the Republican from New York.
She said she spoke to her colleagues on her last morning as chair of the Republican conference and told them that if they wanted someone willing to lie, they should get someone else– the inference being that Stefanik or anyone else that replaced her would potentially be a liar.
Cheney added that no party, people, or nation can defend and perpetuate a constitutional republic with leaders who have gone to war with “the Constitution itself.”
Cheney concluded her speech by encouraging more young voters to cast ballots and more women to enter politics.
She said we have a fundamental truth. If we abandon the truth, we will cease to be a free nation. So when you set out to make a difference in the world, vow that you will stand in the truth, and remember that the people trying to undermine the rule of law and the integrity of our elections know they will fail if you use your right to vote.
“So, Class of 2023, go vote,” she said.
As Cheney entered the platform, a small but vocal group of students turned their seats in protest.
The students reportedly protested because of her voting record on LGBTQ issues.