Consultant Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who has been some of the outspoken Republican critics of the celebration’s conduct surrounding President Biden’s victory and the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, defended her views in a pointed opinion essay published by The Washington Post on Wednesday as she confronted an increasing likelihood of being ousted from Home management.
Listed below are 5 key arguments from her essay.
Delegitimizing election outcomes violates conservative rules.
“I’m a conservative Republican, and essentially the most conservative of conservative values is reverence for the rule of regulation. Every of us swears an oath earlier than God to uphold our Structure. The Electoral School has spoken. Greater than 60 state and federal courts, together with a number of Trump-appointed judges, have rejected the previous president’s arguments, and refused to overturn election outcomes. That’s the rule of regulation; that’s our constitutional system for resolving claims of election fraud.”
Current habits by G.O.P. leaders is paying homage to authoritarian nations.
“I’ve labored abroad in nations the place adjustments in management come solely with violence, the place democracy takes maintain solely till the following violent upheaval. America is outstanding as a result of our constitutional system guards in opposition to that. On the coronary heart of our republic is a dedication to the peaceable switch of energy amongst political rivals in accordance with regulation.”
Republicans ought to again a 9/11-style fee to analyze the Jan. 6 assault.
“We should help a parallel bipartisan evaluate by a fee with subpoena energy to hunt and discover info; it would describe for all People what occurred. That is vital to defeat the misinformation and nonsense circulating within the press and on social media. No at present serving member of Congress — with a watch to the upcoming election cycle — ought to take part. We must always appoint former officers, members of the judiciary and different distinguished People who will be goal, simply as we did after the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001.”
Persevering with to embrace Trump dangers “profound long-term harm” to the nation.
“Whereas embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might sound engaging to some for fund-raising and political functions, that strategy will do profound long-term harm to our celebration and our nation. … Historical past is watching. Our kids are watching. We should be courageous sufficient to defend the fundamental rules that underpin and shield our freedom and our democratic course of. I’m dedicated to doing that, it doesn’t matter what the short-term political penalties could be.”
Sticking with Trump could not convey even short-term features.
“There’s a lot at stake now, together with the ridiculous wokeness of our political rivals, the irrational insurance policies on the border and runaway spending that threatens a return to the catastrophic inflation of the Nineteen Seventies. Reagan shaped a broad coalition from throughout the political spectrum to return America to sanity, and we have to do the identical now. We all know how. However this is not going to occur if Republicans select to desert the rule of regulation and be part of Trump’s campaign to undermine the inspiration of our democracy and reverse the authorized end result of the final election.”