Politics Liz Cheney Urges Republicans to Resist 'Temptation to Look Away' From Riot
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Republicans standing up against the January 6 insurrection could be beneficial for the party in the future, according to high-ranking Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, because failing to uphold the Constitution eliminates the ability to fight against the socialist threat.
, who voted to impeach former President , was censured by her state Republican party and faced calls within her congressional caucus to step down from her leadership role. She's refused to apologize for her vote and called on her Republican colleagues to condemn behavior as an "existential threat," and address the riot directly.
As GOP Faces An Uncertain Future, Polls Show That Republicans Want Donald Trump to Lead
"The Republican Party is in deep disarray and he's solid as granite," Tim Malloy, an analyst for the Quinnipiac University poll, told Newsweek. Just days after the Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial, three out of four Republicans — 75 to 21 percent — told Quinnipiac they would like to see the former president play a prominent role in the GOP."He may be down, but he's not out of favor of the GOP," Malloy said, noting the poll's finding that overall two-thirds of Americans don't want to see Trump return.
"It's very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away and it's very important especially for us asto make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy," Cheney said at a Reagan Foundation event on Tuesday. "I think we, as Republicans, in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection."
Federal law enforcement has opened more than 180 cases in connection to the Capitol riot. Among those arrested are a man who wore a "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt and a man who carried a Confederate battle flag through the halls of the Capitol rotunda.
Prominent Republicans condemned theas being unacceptable and a threat to democracy, including Trump ally . The South Carolina senator criticized Trump for allowing the riot to get to the point that it did and called for those involved to be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
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A new survey found that Republican voters wanted Greene to have a bigger role in the GOP's future.The latest data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters on Wednesday found that 17 percent of Republicans voters had a favorable view of Greene (R-GA), while 20 percent said they viewed her unfavorably.
Graham didn't vote to convict Trump, but he came to Cheney's defense, calling her experience, leadership and strength "invaluable to the Republican Party." But, her vote caused a divide in the Republican caucus, and about 30 percent of House Republicans who voted by secret ballot wanted Cheney out of her leadership position.
Senate Minority Leaderalso threw his weight behind Cheney, and later faced a backlash of his own after placing blame on Trump for the riot after he was acquitted.
With a 50-50 split in the, unity in the Republican party could be problematic for the Democratic agenda, which Republicans continue to target as being further to the left of where President campaigned. The Constitution, Cheney said, is Republicans' "best and most effective tool" in the fight against far-left policies.
"For us to [effectively] fight what [former British Prime Minister] Margaret Thatcher aptly called the 'quicksand of socialism,' which we are facing from the left, the Constitution has got to be our shield," Cheney said on Tuesday. "If we don't uphold the Constitution, we can't defend against the real threat that we're facing from the left, either."
Liz Cheney says the GOP risks becoming known as 'the party of white supremacy'
Rep. Liz Cheney said they needed to 'make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy' by standing against those who stormed the Capitol.Cheney pointed to the fact that members of the pro-Trump mob which stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC, January had displayed symbols of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and Confederate flags.
Newsweek reached out to Cheney for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Trump to reemerge at CPAC as GOP tries to plot its future .
"There's no question that the gun has gone off on the 2024 campaign for the Republican nomination," says American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp.Just 37 days into President Joe Biden's term, the Conservative Political Action Conference is also poised to serve as a testing ground for fresh attack lines as the White House and congressional Democrats prepare to pass trillion-dollar legislation designed to fight the pandemic, continue using executive authority to reverse Trump-era policies and install new senior government officials that Republicans hope to cast as ideological antagonists.