During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Cheney was asked by host Chris Wallace if the party is “the party of Donald Trump.”
“Chris, we’re the party of Abraham Lincoln. We’re the party of Ronald Reagan. We have to really take a hard look at who we are and what we stand for, what we believe in,” Cheney said.
She continued, “I think when you take a look at both [Trump’s] actions leading up to Jan. 6. The fact that he was impeached in a bipartisan fashion. The fact that he lost the presidency. The fact that we lost the Senate. We have to be in a position where we can say, ‘We stand for principles, we stand for ideals.”
“Somebody who has provoked an attack on the United States Capitol to prevent the counting of the electoral votes — which resulted in five people dying. Who refused to stand up immediately when he was asked and stop the violence. That is a person who does not have a role as a leader of our party going forward.”
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Cheney went on to argue that Republicans need to convince Americans that their party is “the party of responsibility” and “the party of truth.”
“We should not be embracing the former president,” she added.
Cheney’s comments come fresh off of her victory fending off a push by some of Trump’s ardent supporters in the House to strip her of her No. 3 leadership position.
The Wyoming Congresswoman was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last month, provoking a whirlwind of fury from members of her party.
However, the effort to punish Cheney for her vote failed in a 145-61 vote against the move.