Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election.
His refusal to acknowledge this fact, supported by his endless lies – and those of his enablers – and his baseless attempts to overthrow him, resulted in the deadly January 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol and the second indictment of Trump.
House managers summed it up in the second impeachment trial with one sentence, repeated over and over. They described it as “the big lie”.
Shorthand appears to have been effective, as Trump is now trying to claim it for himself and squash its meaning with one he prefers – much like what he did with the term “fake news.” But Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), The Third Highest House Republican, keeps reminding her that facts matter.
“The presidential election of 2020 was not stolen”, Cheney tweeted on Monday, about an hour after Trump issued a statement in which he called the legitimate 2020 election results “THE BIG LIE.”
“Anyone who claims it’s spreading THE BIG LIE,” Cheney continued, chanting Trump’s use of all caps. These people “are turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system,” she wrote.
Cheney’s comment is remarkable given his leadership role in the GOP and his sustained efforts to distance other Republicans from Trump’s lie about election results – which made him an outlier in the party.
Her stance on Trump has put her at odds with many of her fellow Republicans, including GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).
Republicans went on a rampage after President Joe Biden punched Cheney, along with at least 20 other people, in the House chamber before addressing a joint session of Congress last week. Cheney stood firm, citing the importance of civility in politics – even among those who disagree.
“I totally disagree with @JoeBiden’s policy,” she subsequently tweeted, “but when the president reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful and dignified manner. We are different political parties. We are not sworn enemies. We are American. “
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