'She knows it wasn't stolen': Liz Cheney dares Donald Trump-backed primary challenger

'She knows it wasn't stolen': Liz Cheney dares Donald Trump-backed primary challenger
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United States Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) debated a stageful of GOP congressional hopefuls on Thursday night and challenged the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump to stop misleading voters and concede that Trump lost the 2020 election.

Cheney's Trump-backed opponent, attorney Harriett Hageman, is leading her in the polls ahead of the GOP primary in August and has asserted that there were “serious concerns” about the contest between Trump and President Joe Biden.

Cheney, the vice-chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, has been ostracized by the Republican Party for voting to impeach Trump for inciting the insurrection and for her role on the bipartisan commission tasked with uncovering the truth about who was ultimately responsible for the attempted coup.

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In spite of the risks to her political future, Cheney is refusing to back down

"It has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and threatening than we imagined. It is undeniable: The Republican Party cannot be both loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution. At this moment, we are confronting a domestic threat we have never faced before– a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our Constitutional Republic. And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man," Cheney remarked, per CBS News.

“The tragedy is there are politicians in this country, beginning with Donald Trump, who’ve lied to the American people. And people have been betrayed. He consistently has said the election was stolen when it wasn’t. She knows it wasn’t stolen. I think that she can’t say it wasn’t stolen because she’s completely beholden to Donald Trump and if she says it wasn’t stolen he won’t support her,” Cheney said as reported by The Washington Post.

Cheney dared Hageman to present proof or abandon the argument.

"I think that in Wyoming we have tremendously secure elections. I also know that truth matters, and the claims that Ms. Hageman is making about the 2020 election are the same claims for which the president's lead lawyer Rudy Giuliani was disbarred. They are the same claims for which ['Kraken' attorney] Sidney Powell has had her law license suspended. They are simply not true," said Cheney.

"It is not true that there was sufficient fraud to change the results of the 2020 election," Cheney continued. "The president's own attorney general has said that, the president's own deputy attorney general has said that – and I mean President Trump – President Trump's campaign manager said that, President Trump's White House counsel said that, President Trump's own family said that there was not sufficient fraud to overturn the results of the 2020 election."

Wyomingites "have to either decide that we are either going to abide by the rulings of the courts," Cheney added, noting that "Trump and his associates brought 61 lawsuits" in both state and federal courts that were thrown out due to a lack of evidence. "The president lost every one. On December 14th, when the Electoral College meets and votes, that is the end."

Cheney contended that if Hageman "is up here claiming that the election was stolen or that there was fraud that was sufficient to overturn the election, she oughta say it. Otherwise, she needs to stop making claims that are not true and she oughta tell the people of Wyoming the truth."

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