While she hadn’t been a big fan of Donald Trump for his four years in office, the riot he helped incite at the US Capitol that day convinced the Wyoming Republican that she needed to speak out more forcefully.
“One of the most troubling moments of that period of the day was when one of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle was sitting across from me and he looked at his phone and he said, ‘Liz, there’s a Confederate flag flying in the rotunda. And that moment was really — you realize that never happened during the Civil War.”
“There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us — from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil.”
“We love you.” “You’re very special.”
The attempted rewriting of that day has only increased since January 6.
“What I talked to President Trump about, I was the first person to contact him when the riots (were) going on. He didn’t see it. What he ended the call was saying — telling me, he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this. And that’s what he did, he put a video out later.”
Cheney’s remembrance of that day should shock Trump and the rest of his Republican allies out of their stupor about what really happened on January 6. This was an armed insurrection organized by people who had been convinced — by Trump — that the 2020 election had been somehow stolen from him (and them). The people beating police officers weren’t “very special.” The people chanting “Hang Mike Pence” weren’t aiming for a peaceful protest. And the person carrying a Confederate flag through the heart of the US Capitol wasn’t a patriot.