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Rep. Liz Cheney says she supports state and local GOP efforts to enact stricter voter laws, denying any link between that and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to contest the 2020 election.
Cheney (R-Wyo.), whose political future is in limbo after losing her House leadership position for breaking with the 45th president, made the comments to “Axios on HBO” after being asked what Republicans’ culpability was for spreading election misinformation with these efforts.
“Well, I think you have to look at the specifics of each one of those efforts. I think if you look at the Georgia laws, for example, there’s been a lot that’s been said nationally about the Georgia voter laws that turns out not to be true,” the former No. 3 House Republican said.
Pressed on the matter further, Cheney reiterated, “I think you’ve got to look at each individual state law,” before turning her attention to areas where she stood with her party.
“I will never understand the resistance, for example, to voter ID,” she said. “There’s a big difference between that and a president of the United States who loses an election after he tried to steal the election and refuses to concede.”
Falling back to the refrain that got her booted from leadership, Cheney called Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 election “really dangerous.”
“I think about 2000. I think about sitting on the inaugural platform in January of 2001 watching Al Gore,” she continued. “I’m sure he didn’t think he had lost. We had fought this politically very, very intense battle. And he conceded. He did the right thing for this nation.”
“And that is one of the big differences between that and what we’re dealing with now and the danger of Donald Trump today.”
Cheney — the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — was removed earlier this month from her job as House GOP Conference chair for her continued focus on criticizing Trump.
Her ouster by members of her own conference is an extremely rare move, one which highlights the 45th president’s continued influence in the Republican Party.
Cheney survived an attempt to oust her from leadership in February over her vote to impeach the just-departed president.
Her standing with GOP colleagues weakened in the months that followed, though, as members grew frustrated with her continued comments regarding Trump and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Her split with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on the scope of a 9/11-style commission on the riot, as well as her revealing exclusively to The Post that she was mulling a 2024 White House bid, also drew the ire of her colleagues.
Cheney was replaced in her leadership post by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
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