Republican MP Liz Cheney has said the GOP must stop being the “white supremacist party.”
In comments that are sure to stir further division among Republicans as the party fights for its future, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said it was vital not to ignore the symbols of racism and extremism that were on display in January. 6 riot at the US Capitol.
“It’s very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” she said.
“It is very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make it clear that we are not the party of white supremacy.
She added: “You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, on Capitol Hill that day; you saw the Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda, and I think that we Republicans in particular have a duty and an obligation to oppose that, to resist the insurrection.
The comments by the member for Wyoming, who is the third-largest Republican in the House of Representatives, come more than six weeks after the riots on the U.S. Capitol, when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters sought to bar members of both houses of Congress to ratify the votes of Joe Biden’s constituency.
They did so after Mr. Trump held a rally that morning at the National Mall in Washington and urged his supporters to “fight like hell.”
He was then impeached by the House, but in the Senate, Democrats lost ten votes from the two-thirds majority they needed to convict him, and possibly prevent him from returning to office.
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