Jun 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Liz Cheney compares Trump's rhetoric to Chinese Communist Party

Rep. Liz Cheney.

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In a podcast episode released Monday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) likened former President Trump's rhetoric about U.S. democracy and elections to that of the Chinese Communist Party, the Washington Post reports.

State of play: Cheney was ousted from her position as the No. 3 House Republican after publicly criticizing the former president’s baseless claims of election fraud.

  • Tensions between Cheney and Trump escalated after she voted for his impeachment on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
  • Her ouster last month reflects that loyalty to Trump has become institutionalized in the Republican Party.

What she's saying: "I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history,” Cheney said on "The Axe Files," a podcast hosted by former Obama adviser David Axelrod.

  • "When you listen to Donald Trump talk now, when you hear the language he’s using now, it is essentially the same things that the Chinese Communist Party, for example, says about the United States and our democracy,” Cheney said.
  • “When he says that our system doesn’t work … when he suggests that it’s, you know, incapable of conveying the will of the people, you know, that somehow it’s failed — those are the same things that the Chinese government says about us,” she added. “And it’s very dangerous and damaging … and it’s not true.”

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