By JOSH BOAK, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney says she was incorrect to oppose homosexual marriage previously, a stand that when break up her household.
Cheney, R-Wyo., a fierce critic of fellow Republican Donald Trump, additionally tells CBS Information’ “60 Minutes” that she views her reelection marketing campaign as crucial Home race within the nation as forces aligned with the previous president attempt to unseat her. She voted to question Trump over his position within the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Within the interview aired Sunday night time, Cheney mentioned she had little affection for President Joe Biden, who she believes has embraced dangerous polices for the financial system and nationwide safety with the Afghanistan withdrawal. “However the various can’t be a person who doesn’t consider within the rule of legislation, and who violated his oath of workplace,” Cheney mentioned.
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was an ascendant Republican chief earlier than the Jan. 6 riot, but she is more and more outlined by her public opposition to Trump and his maintain on the GOP. Cheney, 55, famous that she nonetheless talks along with her father each night time and that they share the identical views on rejecting Trump.
Liz Cheney famously broke along with her household in 2013 by opposing homosexual marriage forward of a failed Senate bid. Her objections triggered a rift along with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s partner, Heather Poe, posted on Fb that yr that Cheney’s place was offensive and that “I all the time thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
Within the interview, Cheney mentioned her opposition to homosexual marriage was misguided and she or he channeled her sister-in-law’s Fb submit in explaining why she modified her place.
“I used to be incorrect. I used to be incorrect,” she mentioned. “It’s a really private situation — and really private for my household. I consider that my dad was proper. And my sister and I’ve had that dialog … Freedom means freedom for everyone.”
Whereas nonetheless against gun management, abortion and the Reasonably priced Care Act, or “Obamacare,” the Wyoming congresswoman finds herself on the outs for voting to question Trump after his Jan. 6 rally preceded a mob storming the Capitol in hopes of overturning his reelection loss to Biden. Trump continues to falsely declare election fraud regardless of outcomes being licensed by states and Republican election officers and courts rejecting dozens of authorized challenges.
After voting to question Trump, Cheney misplaced her management submit as chair of the Home Republican Convention. Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi put her on a nine-person committee to research the Jan. 6 assault and she or he serves as vice chair.
Trump has vowed to defeat Cheney in subsequent yr’s main election by backing Republican Harriet Hageman, an legal professional. Cheney, looking for a fourth time period, mentioned nothing lower than the authority of the Structure is at stake.
“I believe it’s going to be crucial Home race within the nation in 2022. And — and it is going to be one the place folks do have the chance to say, ‘We wish to stand for the Structure,’” Cheney mentioned. “A vote towards me on this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed, is a vote for any person who’s prepared to perpetuate the massive lie, any person who’s prepared to place allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Structure, completely.”
The Wyoming congresswoman criticized Home Republican chief Kevin McCarthy of California for sticking with Trump after the assault on the Capitol.
“What he’s carried out is embrace Donald Trump,” she mentioned. “And if I had been doing what he’s doing, I might be deeply ashamed of myself. I don’t understand how you clarify that to your youngsters. When you’re in a scenario the place you might have any person who did what Donald Trump did, it’s completely clear he can not proceed to be any person you embrace.”
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