“If a prerequisite for running our conference is to keep lying to our constituents, then Liz is not the best person. Liz is not going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she thinks. It will stand on the principle. And if it’s going to distract people, she’s not the best. I wish it hadn’t. “
Just to repeat: this is a 2018 Republican congressman elected in the midst of the Trump era who publicly says that many in his party continue to lie to voters, unlike Cheney.
(Note: Gonzalez and Cheney were two of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan.6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.)
Now Gonzalez hasn’t clarified what he thinks Republicans are lying about, but it’s pretty obvious he’s talking about the big lie – the one Trump and his allies are arguing that the 2020 election was somehow fraudulent. or stolen despite no evidence or even evidence to support this claim.
“The fraudulent presidential election of 2020 will, from this day forward, be known as THE BIG LIE!” the former president said in a statement Monday morning – about, apparently, nothing.
What Gonzalez’s quote reveals is that admission to the current Republican Party depends on whether or not you believe a lie about the 2020 election.
If you say the election was stolen, against evidence, or are willing to remain silent while the 45th President and his allies make a series of false statements about 2020, you are good to go as an accepted member. of the Republican Party.
Point: This is not how political parties act. This is how (personality) cults work.