Former Congresswoman Liz Cheney was met with a frosty reception from some of the students at her alma mater, the liberal Colorado College.
Cheney visited her old college to deliver a commencement address but was met with boos and protests from students.
During her speech, several graduates turned their backs as she spoke.
Many held signs calling Cheney a “warmonger” and accusing her of spreading “hate.”
Cheney was met with a clear view of the students’ defiant backs as she again blasted her “fellow Republicans” and President Donald Trump.
Graduates boo and turn their chairs away from former U.S Rep. Liz Cheney as she delivers commencement address at liberal Colorado College – despite her blasting Trump's election-denying attorney pic.twitter.com/hRql4PTrUZ
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Despite her efforts to push the false anti-Trump “insurrection” narrative during her time on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee, Cheney opined on the virtues of telling the truth.
“After the 2020 election and the attack of January 6th, my fellow Republicans wanted me to lie,” she misleadingly told the graduating class.
“They wanted me to say that the 2020 election was stolen, that the attack of January 6th wasn’t a big deal, and that Donald Trump wasn’t dangerous.”
“I had to choose between lying and losing my position in House leadership,” she continued.
“As I spoke to my colleagues on my last morning as chair of the Republican Conference in May of 2021, I told them that if they wanted a leader who would lie, they should choose someone else.”
She recalled her “final act as chair” — an opening prayer.
“As the House Republicans bowed our heads in the auditorium beneath the Capitol, I prayed that we would know a love and a reverence for freedom,” she said.
“I prayed that we would remember that democratic systems could fray and suddenly unravel and that when they do, they are gone forever.”
While Cheney did receive applause, some of the students delivered a message of their own.
Clearly, the divisive speaker knew not everyone at the college was happy to see her.
She began her address with, “It’s an honor to be here with most of you to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment.”
It was easy to see which students weren’t recipients of Cheney’s “honor.”
One student’s cap was emblazoned with the words, “Why listen to a racist, imperialist, transphobic, warmonger?? Your hate is loud.”
Graduates boo and turn their chairs away from Liz Cheney as she delivers commencement address at liberal Colorado College. One graduate's message on her cap reads: 'Why listen to a racist, imperialist, transphobic, war monger?? Your hate is loud' pic.twitter.com/IfAACgJYEP
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Cheney went on to blast “election denier” Cleta Mitchell, who worked for Trump following the contested 2020 election.
At a recent Republican National Committee (RNC) retreat, Mitchell discussed the impact of polling places on college campuses, The Washington Post reported.
“Cleta Mitchell, an election denier and adviser to former President Trump, told a gathering of Republicans recently that it is crucially important to make sure that college students don’t vote,” Cheney said.
“Those who are trying to unravel the foundations of our republic, who are threatening the rule of law and the sanctity of our elections, know they can’t succeed if you vote.”
On Twitter, many cheered on the protesting students and noted that Cheney is “homeless.”
Liz finds herself homeless. 😭
— Katch22 🍊 (@kalyx2020) May 29, 2023
“I predicted she would end up without support of either party…..” one user wrote, “but it was a no-brainer prediction.”
I predicted she would end up without support of either party…..but it was a no-brainer prediction.
— Thomas Ocasio-LeBron (@spedarrow) May 29, 2023
A glimmer of hope for the next generation
— Fuwbar81 (@fuwbar81) May 29, 2023
The left has always hated her. Now the right hates her. Good luck with your sad life, Liz. Not really. I just want you to go TF away.
— Salty_Reb (@SaltyReb73) May 29, 2023