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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told "Axios on HBO" that she won't support Democrats in their fight against the GOP's push for more restrictive voting laws — a sign that she'll be no hero to the resistance.

Why it matters: Ten days after losing her House Republican post, Cheney is trying to put former President Trump's Big Lie about the election in a silo. She doesn't accept the larger context: Republicans spent years fertilizing the soil for voters to believe that voter fraud is rampant.

Speaking to "Axios on HBO" on Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Cheney disputed any linkage between Trump’s false claims about 2020 and the current flurry of GOP efforts at the state level to pass new restrictions.

  • "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."

But she said Trump supporters' refusal to accept President Biden's victory "is really dangerous."

  • "I think about 2000," she said. "I think about sitting on the inaugural platform in January of 2001 watching Al Gore. ... 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."

Go deeper

May 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Preview: "Axios on HBO" interviews Rep. Liz Cheney

On the next episode of “Axios on HBO,” Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan asks Rep. Liz Cheney: "Where do you get the hope for this, that this is going to work?"

  • She replies: "Because I look at it from the perspective of what's right."

Catch the full interview and much more on Sunday, May 23 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max.

Kinzinger: GOP leader has "failed to tell the truth"

Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) took aim on Sunday at the leadership of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the day before McCarthy's GOP predecessor hosts a fundraiser for the Illinois lawmaker.

Why it matters: Kinzinger has been a prominent critic of Donald Trump and was one of 10 House Republicans who voted in January to impeach the former president.

Updated 51 mins ago - Health

White House acknowledges U.S. will miss July 4 vaccination goal

Fireworks in New York City to celebrate the state reaching a 70% vaccination rate. Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images

The Biden administration acknowledged on Tuesday that it will likely miss its goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose by July 4.

Why it matters: Despite falling short of the goal, the White House still believes most Americans will be safe to fully celebrate Independence Day, as COVID-19 cases and deaths remain at low levels throughout much of the country.