Liz Cheney, the third House Republican, on Tuesday called on the Republican Party to “clarify that we are not the party of white supremacy.” Cheney’s remarks came at an event hosted by the Reagan Institute.
“It’s very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” Cheney said. “And it’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make it clear that we are not the party of white supremacy.
“You have certainly seen anti-Semitism. You have seen the symbols of Holocaust denial … you have seen a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda,” she said, referring to the January 6 assault on the US Capitol. “We, as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to oppose this, to oppose the insurgency.”
Cheney was one of the loudest Republicans to speak out against the insurgency and what she sees as former President Trump’s role in inciting the events of January 6. Cheney on Tuesday expressed support for the creation of a “9/11 commission” to investigate the assault. She said part of the commission’s mandate should be to take a “clear look” at false claims by Mr. Trump and his allies about widespread fraud and a “stolen” election leading to the attacks.
“The president and many around him pushed this idea that the election was stolen. And that’s a dangerous claim. It wasn’t true,” she said. “There have been more than 60 court cases where judges, including judges appointed by President Trump and other Republican presidents, have reviewed the evidence in numerous cases and have said there was no widespread fraud. “
She added that the commission should look into the media organizations that have pushed or continue to push the account of a fraudulent election, saying they “contribute to a very dangerous set of circumstances”.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in mid-February also called for the creation of an independent commission that would be similar to the group created after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois drafted a similar commission proposal last month.
Thesuch a commission is still being negotiated. Democrats hope to allow congressional leaders to nominate two members each and President Joe Biden to nominate three members, including the president. Cheney backed the commission’s creation on Tuesday, but said a partisan 7-4 split was “unacceptable.”
The Wyoming MP said the group should follow the model of the 9/11 commission and only have retired officials as members.
“I think there are a lot of aspects to what happened on the Sixth and in the days, weeks and months leading up to it that need to be investigated,” Cheney said. “And I think having a commission with the formality that we saw in the 9/11 Commission, with the bipartisan participation that we saw in the 9/11 Commission, is very important.”
Cheney’s comments come as other party members, including Republican Whip Steve Scalise, continue to promote the story of a stolen or illegitimate election. In a Sunday interview on ABC “This Week”, Scalise admitted that Mr. Biden is president, but said: “there were a few states that did not follow their state’s laws.”
“There are people who are worried about what the next election will look like. Are we finally going to get back to how the rule of law works?” he said.
Several lawsuits claiming that several key states did not respect their own election laws have been dismissed by the Federal Court.
In January, Cheney broke with the GOP leadership and a majority of its caucus, and was one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach Mr. Trump for his role in the insurgency. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a staunch ally of Mr. Trump, later held an “anti-Cheney” rally in Wyoming. The Wyoming Republican Party voted foron his vote to impeach.
Cheney also survived an attempt to oust him from his leadership position in Congress, winning a 145 to 61 blind vote.