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Cheney Calls Trump’s “Death Wish” Statements on Mcconnell “Despicable”
On Monday, Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney blasted former President Trump’s recent comments suggesting that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a “death wish,” calling them an “absolutely despicable, racist attack” on both McConnell and his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
Vice chairwoman of the House select committee looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Cheney, expressed concern that Trump’s comments may fuel additional violence.
Cheney said this at a Syracuse University event: “When you see former President Trump just in the last 24 hours suggesting in a pretty thinly veiled way, using words that could well cause violence against the Republican leader of the Senate, saying he has a death wish and then, you know, launching a despicable, racist attack against Secretary Chao, Leader McConnell’s wife, and then you watch the fact that nobody in my party will say that’s unacceptable.”
And everyone should be asked if they think that’s okay, and everyone should be free to respond, “No, that’s not okay. She also suggested that it be mandatory that they make such a statement.
Chao, Trump’s Transportation Secretary until she resigned the day after the assault on January 6, 2019, was the department’s leader. She was Labor Secretary for eight years under the George W. Bush administration before joining the Trump team.
On Friday, Trump criticized Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell in a message posted to the social media network Truth Social, continuing their long-running dispute.
Is McConnell approving the trillions of dollars in Democrat-sponsored bills without even the slightest bit of negotiation because he hates Donald J. Trump and knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the fake and highly destructive Green New Deal and is willing to take the country down with him? Both explanations are equally unsatisfactory. Trump wrote, “He has a DEATH WISH.”
He then emphasized the need to consult his “China-loving wife, Coco Chow” for advice and assistance.
The statements were made not long after Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the government open until December 16. A majority of senators and representatives, including McConnell, voted in favor of the temporary funding measure.
Republican leadership in the House of Representatives pushed party members to vote against the bill.
After Trump’s 2020 victory, Cheney became a prominent Republican adversary, constantly challenging the former president and his allegations that the election was stolen.
The Republican from Wyoming now has a larger platform from which to challenge the ex-president thanks to her efforts on the select committee convened on January 6.
She is leaving Congress in January after losing her Republican primary to a Trump-backed opponent this year.
Trump’s current statements on McConnell and Chao have been criticized by several people, not just Cheney.
The Democratic head of the House Homeland Security Committee and the select committee appointed on January 6th, Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, has warned that Trump’s comments might incite violence.
“The nation and our democracy can’t benefit from former president Trump’s racist and divisive assaults on Senate Majority Leader McConnell. And the former president understands very well that his statements are sometimes interpreted by radicals as marching orders,” Thompson said in a statement.
The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal criticized Trump’s latest attack on McConnell as “reckless.”
We’re in a politically divided time where extreme supporters of either major party can become violent without provocation. The board concluded that Donald Trump’s recent rhetorical attack on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was especially dangerous in light of this.
Even by Mr. Trump’s standards, the board said, “the ‘death wish’ terminology is repugnant and should be denounced.”
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was asked about the statements on Sunday and said, “I don’t condone violence, and I hope no one else condones violence.”
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