Liz Cheney calls Trump the biggest threat to the U.S. EVER and tells Americans to stand up to ‘liars’ and ‘protect the Constitution’
- The Wyoming lawmaker said the ideal of a peaceful transfer of power ‘has been honored by every American president, except one’
- She was accepting an honor at the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was also a recipient of the award
- Cheney is facing an uphill battle to keep her seat in Wyoming’s GOP primary
- She’s up against a Trump-backed primary challenger, attorney Harriet Hageman
Wyoming‘s lone House Representative was among the recipients for this year’s John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards.
Her acceptance speech drew parallels between the Civil War and last year’s US Capitol attack in the pivotal tests they presented for the country’s democratic institutions.
Cheney discussed the historic importance of a peaceful transfer of power – which she said ‘has been honored by every American president, except one’ – and recalled Kennedy’s inaugural pledge to ‘defend freedom’ in its hour of need.
‘In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger,’ Cheney said.
Taking aim at her arch-rival Trump, she continued: ‘Today, that role is ours, as we face a threat we have never faced before – a former president attempting to unravel our constitutional republic.’
‘At this moment, we must all summon the courage to stand against that.’
She then directed her remarks at her GOP colleagues, the vast majority of whom have disavowed the conservative Republican over her persistent criticism of Trump.
‘The question for every one of us is: in this time of testing, will we do our duty? Will we defend our Constitution, will we stand for truth, will we put duty to our oath above partisan politics, or will we look away from danger, ignore the threats, embrace the lies and enable a liar?’ Cheney asked.
Cheney is the highest-ranking and one of only two Republican lawmakers on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.