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Liz Cheney Just Schooled Republicans, Now They’re Furious

Liz Cheney sits for interview | via NBC

Liz Cheney, a former Republican Congresswoman known for her disagreements with Donald Trump, has delivered a sharp criticism within her own political party.

Cheney said, “Putin has now officially endorsed the Putin-wing of the Republican Party,” Cheney said, clearly including the ex-president himself, who Putin was effectively favoring — even if tentatively.

“Putin Republicans & their enablers will end up on the ash heap of history. Patriotic Americans in both parties who believe in the values of liberal democracy will make sure of it.”

As the 2024 election approaches, with widespread expectations that Trump will secure the Republican presidential nomination, there is uncertainty surrounding the ultimate outcome.

A potential 2024 rematch between Trump and President Joe Biden consistently shows a closely contested race. In contrast to the former president’s unwavering claims, polling does not always place him in the lead.

This represents a significant shift from his time in office, characterized by media reports rigorously documenting his numerous false statements.

It remains true that no evidence has ever confirmed the accusations of election fraud promoted by Donald Trump.

Cheney and Donald Trump were once allies. Cheney, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, was a vocal supporter of Trump during his presidency.

But the relationship between Cheney and Trump soured after she became one of the few Republicans to join the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack. Cheney has been a vocal critic of Trump’s role in the attack, and she has accused him of trying to overthrow the government.

Trump has responded by attacking Cheney relentlessly. He has called her a “RINO” (Republican in name only), a “traitor,” and a “loser.” He has also encouraged his supporters to vote against her in the 2022 Republican primary.

In August 2022, Cheney lost her Republican primary to Harriet Hageman, a Trump-backed challenger. Cheney has said that she will continue to speak out against Trump and his lies about the 2020 election.

The feud between Cheney and Trump is significant for a number of reasons. First, it highlights the deep divisions within the Republican Party. Cheney is a member of a prominent Republican family and is considered to be a conservative on many issues. But her willingness to stand up to Trump has made her a target of the former president and his allies.

Second, the feud between Cheney and Trump is a sign of the Republican Party’s embrace of authoritarianism. Trump has repeatedly attacked democratic institutions and has encouraged his supporters to use violence to achieve their goals. Cheney, on the other hand, has defended democracy and the rule of law.

Finally, the feud between Cheney and Trump is a reminder of the stakes of the 2024 presidential election. If Trump is elected president again, he is likely to continue his attacks on democracy and the rule of law. Cheney’s willingness to stand up to Trump is a reminder that there are still some Republicans who are willing to fight for democracy.

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