Former United States Rep. Liz Cheney urged recent college graduates not to compromise when the truth is at stake, and slammed her Republican peers in the House for not doing enough to combat former President Donald Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen .
In an inaugural speech at Colorado College, the Wyoming Republican reiterated her harsh criticism of Trump but avoided discussing his 2024 re-election campaign their own political future.
Cheney, who graduated from Colorado College in 1988, recalled entering a campus building as a political science student to find a Bible verse above the entrance that read, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
“After the 2020 election and the January 6 attack, my fellow Republicans wanted me to lie. They wanted me to say that the 2020 election was stolen, the Jan. 6 attack wasn’t a big deal, and Donald Trump wasn’t dangerous,” Cheney said Sunday in Colorado Springs, sharing her experiences as a student doing her job in Colorado in connection US House of Representatives. “I had to choose between lying and losing my leadership position in the House of Representatives.”
In three terms, Cheney rose to the third-largest GOP leadership position in the House of Representatives, a task she accepted lost After voting to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, she then continued to criticize the former president.
Cheney’s speech was touching subjects similar to those she has since promoted leaving office in January: She spoke about her work on the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and how she stood up to the threat she believes Trump poses to democracy.
She also encouraged more women to run for office and was heavily critical one of the election-denial attorneys who worked for Trump after the 2020 election for up-to-date comments on college student voting behavior.
“Cleta Mitchell, “An election denier and adviser to former President Trump told a recent Republican convention that making sure college students don’t vote is critical,” Cheney said. “Those who seek to destroy the very foundations of our republic, who endanger the rule of law and the sanctity of our elections, know they will not succeed if they vote.”
In an audio recording of Mitchell’s speech at a recent Republican National Committee retreat, she warns of campus polling and ease of voting as potential problems, according to The Washington Post reported.
Most of the students and parents in the audience applauded Cheney’s speech, but a few booed. Some students who opposed Cheney’s choice to speak turned their chairs away from the stage while she spoke.
Cheney’s busy speaking schedule and speaking topic have fueled speculation since leaving office about whether she might run in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Candidates range from the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis to the former governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley have coordinated their statements about Trump, trying to counter his attacks without upsetting the supporters who got him into the White House seven years ago.
Though some have voiced measured criticism, no declared or potential challenger has embraced anti-Trump messages to the same extent as Cheney. She didn’t comment on her plans on Sunday, but previously said she wasn’t sure yet about running for president.
Although she would Face a hard fightCheney’s anti-Trump stance and role as Vice Chair of the House Committee elevated Her platform was high enough to summon a nationwide network of donors and Trump critics to support a White House candidacy.
A super PAC organized in support of her candidacy remains active, including buying attack ads against Trump on New Hampshire radio stations this month.
After leaving office and being replaced by a Trump-backed Republican who defeated When she was in elementary school last year, Cheney was called to a professorship at the University of Virginia wrote “Oath and Honor,” a memoir set to hit shelves in November.
Two of Cheney’s five children and their mother are also graduates of the Liberal Arts School.
Cheney’s speaking tour seems to be picking up speed. Her appearance is scheduled for Thursday at the Mackinac Policy Conference in Michigan.
Metz reported from Salt Lake City.