Ousted from house chair Republican Cheney expresses regret for Trump vote

On Friday, ousted ex-Number 3 GOP representative Liz Cheney told ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl that she was never going to support Joe Biden. However, she did say that she regretted voting for Donald Trump in the 2020 elections because of his efforts to overturn the results after he lost and to plant doubts in people’s minds about the integrity of the process.


Cheney also had a few choice words for House Republicans who voted in Rep. Elise Stefanik in her place in the third highest position in the House. She noted that it was “dangerous” to promote one more leader who endorses former president Trump’s baseless allegations about the November 2020 elections.


She said that it was important to recognize how quickly things could unravel. She also mentioned that the nation has to recognize what it meant to have a former president who had not conceded and who still believed that the electoral system could not function and could not “do the will of the people.”



Cheney also said that Trump’s election comments indicated that democracy was a failed system and that “America is a failed nation” and that she won’t be a part of that. She also said that it was important for Republicans who won’t be a part of that to stand up and speak out.


She also commented on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s call to Trump on January 6, the day of the Capitol insurrection when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol leaving behind mayhem, violence and destruction.


McCarthy reportedly told Trump to call off his supporters when they were rioting according to a statement that was made by Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. He said that Trump replied, “Well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”


Aides to McCarthy, who had asked for a panel to investigate political violence beyond Jan 6, did not reply to a message asking for their reply to the comments made by Cheney.


The entire interview of Liz Cheney, the Republican representative from Wyoming, will air on Sunday morning on ABC News’ “This Week.”

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