Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has fired back at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after she blasted Republicans over her primary defeat, calling them “sick” for supporting President Donald Trump.
“To go back home to the people that you claim to represent, to only get 29% support and then decide that the other 61 that they’re the ones who are wrong,” Gingrich said.
“They’re the ones who are sick. I think that Liz has arrogated to herself a standard of being the moral judge of millions and millions of Americans, around 73 or 75 million Americans who voted for Trump because they’re ‘sick.’
“They voted for Trump because they deeply dislike the establishment.
“And no matter what you tell them about Trump, they dislike the establishment even more.
“And so it’s amazing to me that nobody who’s in the anti-Trump faction has stopped to say, ‘what is it we’re doing that repels so many Americans?’ Wyoming’s a great example.
“The Cheney name was, at one time, magic.
“Now it doesn’t just get beat, it gets humiliated.
“I mean, 29% is a sign that – take away the Democrats who switched parties to vote for her – she got probably one in every four Republicans.
“So I don’t take what she says very seriously,” he said.
What I’m fighting for is the Constitution. What I’m fighting for is the perpetuation of the Republic. What I’m fighting for is the fact that elections have to matter. pic.twitter.com/uHYt4sOgZ7
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) August 22, 2022
From The Hill:
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said it would be “very difficult” for her to support Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) or Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after they objected to Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021.
Cheney told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl that both Ivy League-educated senators “know better.”
“Both of whom know exactly what the role of Congress is in terms of our constitutional obligations with respect to presidential elections, and yet both of whom took steps that fundamentally threatened the constitutional order and structure in the aftermath of the last election,” she said.
“So in my view, they both have made themselves unfit for future office.”
Cheney on Tuesday lost her primary to Harriet Hageman, who was backed by former President Trump and has supported unfounded claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.