Trump is pushing us toward the abyss
His conspiracy theories about the FBI search have spawned a GOP assault on the legitimacy of the American state — and set the stage for violence.Even after the release of the warrant and property receipt on Friday afternoon, we don’t exactly know what the documents were or even if they are related to America’s nuclear arsenal or that of a foreign power. Trump, for his part, predictably slammed the report on social media, calling it a “hoax.” But if the Washington Post’s reporting is even remotely accurate, it raises troubling questions about why the former president decided to purloin the documents.
Republican rebel Liz Cheney lost her seat in Congress Tuesday to an election conspiracy theorist, but vowed to fight on and do "whatever it takes" to ensure that former president Donald Trump is never returned to power. © Patrick T. FALLON A hand painted sign stands in opposition to US Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) displayed on the side of a road along with support of her Republican primary opponent Harriet Hageman in Casper, Wyoming © Chet Strange Former president Donald Trump had thrown his support behind Cheney rival candidate Harriet Hageman
Once considered Republican royalty, the lawmaker from Wyoming has become a pariah in the party over her membership on the congressional panel investigating the January 6 assault on the US Capitol -- and Trump's role in fanning the flames.
Liz Cheney Championed the Truth and Then Embraced a Liar—Her Dad
As Rep. Liz Cheney made her high-minded pronouncements about the importance of truth and courage and genuine patriotism during the congressional hearing into the Jan. 6 insurrection, she was shadowed by a question that fairness left largely unspoken. “What about your freaking father?” But one of the propelling principles of the hearing-turned-reality-show was justice. And to have held former Vice President Dick Cheney’s lies and cowardice against her would have been blaming the child for the sins of the father.
© Patrick T. FALLON US House candidate Sarah Palin, pictured at a July 2022 rally in Anchorage, is seen as a polarizing figure in Alaska
"I have said since January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office, and I mean it," the Wyoming congresswoman said in a concession speech after losing her bid at reelection.
Defeat for the 56-year-old daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney in the Wyoming Republican primary marks the end of the family's four-decade political association with one of America's most conservative states.
The Republican nomination to contest November's midterms instead goes to 59-year-old lawyer Harriet Hageman -- Trump's hand-picked candidate who has amplified his false claims of a "rigged" 2020 election.
Trump critic Liz Cheney loses re-election bid, says fight isn't over
"Now the real work begins," she told her supporters after losing her seat in Wyoming, in one of the most anticipated primary races of the year. "At the heart of the attack on January 6 is a willingness to embrace dangerous conspiracies that attack the very core premise of our nation. If we do not condemn the conspiracies and the lies, if we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct, and it will become a feature of all elections. "America will never be the same.
In her speech Tuesday night, Cheney delivered a stark warning about the danger of Trump's election fraud conspiracy theories, urging politicians on both sides of the aisle to join her fight to protect US democracy.
Speaking at a cattle ranch near Jackson, Cheney sought to move quickly beyond her defeat, setting out what she said was "real work" of her effort to ensure Trump never regains the White House.
She blamed the former president, who is embroiled in numerous criminal and civil investigations over alleged misconduct in office, for sending the deeply-divided United States towards "crisis, lawlessness and violence" with his inflammatory rhetoric.
"No American should support election deniers, for any position of genuine responsibility, (because) their refusal to follow the rule of law will corrupt our future," she warned. © Patrick T. FALLON A poll worker speaks to people as they wait in line to vote in the Republican primary election at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center in Wilson, Wyoming, on August 16, 2022
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Liz's defeat was a stunning rejection of incompetent politicians - anti-Trump GOPers should beware
WHITON: Outgoing US Representative Liz Cheney didn't just lose her congressional seat in the state's Republican primary on Tuesday. She got annihilated. She lost two-to-one. In numbers, that¿s 66.3% to 28.9% Start with Cheney’s warmongering. If it were up to her, America would be at war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Ukraine -- the type of forever combat that repels voters.
There is already speculation that Cheney may challenge Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 -- or even run as an independent -- and supporters were hoping her concession speech would double up as a blueprint for her political future. © Patrick T. FALLON US Representative Liz Cheney delivers a concession speech after losing the Republican primary election in Wyoming
She pointedly avoided addressing the issue, but had earlier told CBS that the primary -- regardless of the result -- would be "the beginning of a battle that is going to continue."
"We are facing a moment where our democracy really is under attack and under threat," she said.
Cheney had framed her campaign as a battle for the soul of a party she is trying to save from the anti-constitutional forces of Trumpism.
She was the last of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who backed Trump's second impeachment to face primary voters.
Four retired rather than seek reelection, three lost to Trump-backed opponents, and only two -- California's David Valadao and Dan Newhouse of Washington state -- have made it through to November's midterm elections.
Trump opponent Liz Cheney: A devastating Signal
The MEP Liz Cheney has lost the republicans in Wyoming because she has remained steadfast in resistance to Donald Trump. Her defeat proves that your party has become a Trump cult. © David Stubbs/Reuters Liz Cheney on Tuesday during an election party in Jackson, Wyoming. Her criticism of Donald Trump cost her to the party career. A devastating Signal The American Congressman Liz Cheney could have made it easy. She could have held her mouth.
Cheney voted in line with Trump's positions 93 percent of the time when he was president but he didn't pull his punches as he sought vengeance for her role in the House committee probe.
Trump has made Cheney his bete noire, calling her "disloyal" and a "warmonger," prompting death threats that have forced her to travel with a police escort.
He called her defeat Tuesday night "a wonderful result for America."
"Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now," he posted on his Truth Social platform.
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During the lead-up to Tuesday's vote in Wyoming -- the first US state to grant women the right to vote, in 1869 -- the congresswoman was forced to run a kind of shadow campaign, with no rallies or public events.
She even avoided the traditional election day photo op Tuesday, eschewing media at her local polling station to instead cast her ballot in nearby Jackson.
"Liz is representing the constituents that are in her mind, and they aren't the constituents of Wyoming," said Mary Martin, chairwoman of the Republican Party in Teton County -- Cheney's Wyoming base.
There were also elections on Tuesday in Alaska, where 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's comeback battle -- to complete the term of a congressman who died in office -- divided locals.
Fourteen years after rising to international fame on the losing Republican presidential ticket headed by John McCain, Palin remains popular among women as the "soccer mom" who pioneered the ultra-conservative "Tea Party" movement that paved the way for Trumpism.
But many voters blame her for abandoning her single term as governor halfway through, amid ethics complaints, and a recent poll showed her to be viewed unfavorably by 60 percent of Alaskans.
The results in Palin's race are not expected for several days.
If Prosecuting Trump Sets a ‘Dangerous’ Precedent—So Does Letting His Crimes Slide .
America is grappling with an unprecedented choice: Should we, or should we not, indict an ex-president? The Jan. 6 Committee has shown a ton of evidence that former President Donald Trump and various accomplices committed conspiracy to defraud the United States when he tried to stay in power after losing re-election. The FBI search of Mar-a-Lago—and Trump’s many shifting, contradictory excuses—indicate he likely committed felonies regarding the removal and concealment of national defense material, and obstruction of justice. The legal answer, the one from rule of law, is straightforward. Prosecutors have ample evidence of serious criminal activity.