Jun 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Liz Cheney: GOP in "cult of personality" around Trump

US Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and a member of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol, walks through the US Capitol.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) walks through the US Capitol. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said that there is "absolutely a cult of personality around Donald Trump" in the Republican party, in a new interview with "CBS Sunday Morning."

Why it matters: Cheney, who serves as vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, has been vocal in her criticism of former President Trump and congressional Republicans supportive of him. Trump has campaigned heavily for her primary opponent.

Driving the news: "We have too many people now in the Republican Party who are not taking their responsibilities seriously, and who have pledged their allegiance and loyalty to Donald Trump," she told reporter Robert Costa in the interview that will air on June 5.

  • "I mean, it is fundamentally antithetical, it is contrary to everything conservatives believe, to embrace a personality cult. And yet, that is what so many in my party are doing today."
  • Cheney said that "large segments" of the Republican party beholden to Trump.
  • "Yeah. I mean, I think there is absolutely a cult of personality around Donald Trump."
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