Cheney fires back at Republicans after criticism over anti-Trump stance

The GOP congresswoman said in an op-ed for the Washington Post that the Republican party is at a turning point when it comes to defending former Pres. Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election.
2:01 | 05/06/21

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Transcript for Cheney fires back at Republicans after criticism over anti-Trump stance
We go to Washington where Liz Cheney is firing back after faces removal from her post for rebuking former president trump's false claims about the election. She's going down with a warning for the GOP. Our congressional correspondent Rachel Scott has the latest. Good morning, Rachel. Reporter: George, good congresswoman Liz Cheney is going to be pushed out of GOP leader, she is not going to go out quietly and penned this op-ed in "The Washington post" warning that the Republican party has now reached a turning point and that it must decide whether it is going to stand by former president trump and his false claims about the 2020 election or choose truth and the constitution. She warns that his rhetoric is dangerous and history is watching and not the first time she has spoken out against trump and voted to impeach him. That vote landed her on thin ice with her party but what is different now is that few Republicans are coming out in her defense, in fact, the top two have both made it clear they want her out of party leadership so has come down to this. One by one we are seeing Republicans start to turn on Cheney who actually is in line with trump's policies and voted with his record and agenda more than 90% of the time but rallying behind congresswoman Elise Stefanik and this is an interesting choice because she actually voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election on January 6th but she has the complete and total backing of former president Donald Trump who made clear he wants Cheney out, George. Rachel, you called this -- I mean, Liz Cheney called this a turning point and also a real turn-about for the house Republican leader Kevin Mccarthy. Reporter: Yeah, it is and Cheney does point this out in that op-ed and noted that immediately after the January 6th riots Mccarthy said she -- he beard some responsibility but we know they ha been in constant contact. Supported Cheney at the time but not now. Robin.

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