Cheney has repeatedly repeated Trump’s baseless claims that there had been widespread fraud in the 2020 election. She was one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach the former president for “incitement to”. insurrection ”after the deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney tweeted on Monday. “Anyone who claims this is the case is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system.”
Cheney’s remarks were in response to Trump, who said in a written statement Monday: “The fraudulent presidential election of 2020 will, from this day forward, be known as THE BIG LIE!”
Cheney’s outspoken criticism of Trump has led some House Republicans to accuse him of dividing the conference and distracting from party goals. Some recently warned that Cheney could face a vote to oust him from his place in the House of Republicans at the helm, although Cheney survived a similar test earlier this year.
In January, a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a deceived effort to overturn the 2020 election as Congress certified the vote. Cheney blamed the riot – and the deaths of five people – directly on Trump, saying he had “summoned”, “assembled” and “ignited the flame of this attack.”
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said.
Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump sparked a backlash in the House Republican Conference and in Wyoming, which Trump won in 2020 with nearly 70% of the vote, the most of any state in the country . Cheney also came under criticism after leaning in to greet President Joe Biden last week, as he walked down the aisle for his speech at a joint session of Congress.
But Cheney doesn’t seem interested in straying from her point of view, despite intra-party pressure in Washington and major challengers lining up to take her to Wyoming. Cheney recently opened the door to running for president in 2024 and lambasted fellow Senate colleagues who supported efforts to challenge the Jan.6 election results.
In February, Cheney overwhelmingly retained her leadership position in a 145-61 secret ballot vote – but some Republicans are growing anger that she continues to publicly attack Trump.
Last week, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy was asked if Cheney was still a good candidate for leadership. He declined to endorse it, saying instead that Cheney’s future would be determined by the conference. Some House Republicans who backed Cheney to stay in his leadership position told CNN the conference may vote again to oust him.