Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) boldly stated on this week's broadcast of CBS's "Sunday Morning" that the Republican Party's unwavering support for former President Donald Trump is a clear threat to the country's constitutional values.
In a wide-ranging interview with anchor John Dickerson, Cheney, who was ousted from her position as House Republican Conference chair for her criticism of Trump, lambasted her fellow party members for their blind allegiance to the former president.
When asked about her conservative credentials and the definition of being a conservative in today's political climate, Cheney emphasized that the most important conservative value is fidelity to the Constitution. She argued that those who have joined the "cult of personality" surrounding Trump are betraying this core principle.
Dickerson then pressed Cheney on whether it is possible for a member of Congress to defend the Constitution and support Trump at the same time. In response, Cheney firmly stated, "No, that is inconsistent."
NEW: ‘Republican’ Liz Cheney says that nobody who actually supports the Constitution can also support Donald Trump.
Liz is the epitome of the Washington Uniparty.
Cheney went as far to say that she hopes the GOP *loses* the House majority in 2025 adding that the 2024 election… pic.twitter.com/YOsbxkuzHx
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 3, 2023
Cheney's staunch stance against Trump and his followers has put her at odds with many within her own party. She was recently removed from her leadership position in the House after refusing to back down on her criticisms of Trump and his false claims of election fraud.
But Cheney remained resolute, stating that "there is a choice" to be made between Trump and the Constitution, and she believes that the Republican Party has made the wrong one.
When asked about the possibility of Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) becoming the speaker of the House in 2025, Cheney dismissed the idea, stating that it would be an "existential crisis" for the country to have a situation where a House majority overseen by Republicans might have to handle a disputed presidential election.
She further warned that continuing down this path of blind loyalty to Trump could have dire consequences for the Republican Party and the country as a whole. "I do think it presents a threat if the Republicans are in the majority in January 2025," Cheney said.
Cheney's outspoken criticism of Trump and her call for the Republican Party to return to its core conservative values have made her a controversial figure within her party. But she remains steadfast in her beliefs, declaring that the choice between Trump and the Constitution is one that must be made.
As the country looks ahead to the 2024 election, Cheney's warnings serve as a reminder that the Republican Party's obsession with Trump and his "cult of personality" may have far-reaching consequences that threaten the very fabric of our democracy.