Liz Cheney, the former Republican congresswoman from Wyoming, made pointed remarks on MSNBC’s “Deadline” regarding former President Donald Trump’s actions during the January 6 Capitol riot. Cheney articulated her perspective that Trump’s failure to intervene as the events unfolded is indicative of his intent, which could be relevant to the ongoing legal investigations against him.
In her conversation with host Nicolle Wallace, Cheney highlighted the January 6 Committee’s efforts to establish that the day’s violence served as an intentional obstruction of the certification process, and that such a strategy was preconceived. She underscored that Trump was repeatedly informed by his own advisors, including Republicans leading his campaign and senior White House officials, that his election loss claims were unfounded.
Cheney emphasized the gravity of Trump’s inaction during the hours of the Capitol breach. She cited evidence suggesting Trump was aware of the potential for violence and the presence of weapons among the crowd, yet he proceeded to encourage a march to the Capitol. His subsequent silence, according to Cheney, spoke volumes about his state of mind and moral compass, as he watched the violence unfold on television without issuing a call for peace.
Cheney’s remarks add to the complex narrative surrounding the January 6 incident, as she continues to be a vocal critic of Trump’s conduct and a proponent for a thorough examination of the events leading up to and on that day.