Rep. Liz Cheney says she had previously erred in being against gay marriage, a position that once split her family.
Cheney, R-Wyo., A fierce critic of fellow Republican Donald Trump, also tells CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that she considers her re-election campaign the most important house race in the nation, as forces consistent with the former president trying to oust her. She voted to accuse Trump of his role in riots on Jan. 6 in the U.S. capital.
In the interview aired Sunday night, Cheney said she had little love for President Joe Biden, who she believes has taken detrimental policies to the economy and national security with the Afghanistan withdrawal. “But the alternative cannot be a man who does not believe in the rule of law and who violated his office,” Cheney said.
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was a rising Republican leader before the January 6 riots, yet she is increasingly defined by her public opposition to Trump and his grip on the GOP. Cheney, 55, noted that she still talks to her father every night and that they share the same views on Trump’s rejection.
Liz Cheney broke famous with her family in 2013 by opposing gay marriage prior to a failed Senate bid. Her objections caused a quarrel with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Maria’s spouse, Heather Poe, wrote that year on Facebook that Cheney’s stance was offensive and that “I always believed that freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
In the interview, Cheney said her opposition to gay marriage was misleading, and she channeled her sister-in-law’s Facebook post to explain why she changed her attitude.
“I was wrong. I was wrong,” she said. “It’s a very personal question – and very personal for my family. I think my father was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation. “Freedom means freedom for all.”
While still opposed to gun control, abortion and the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare”, the Wyoming congresswoman finds herself out to vote to accuse Trump after her January 6 rally ahead of a mob that stormed the Capitol in hopes of overthrow his re-election loss to Biden. Trump continues to falsely claim election fraud despite the results being certified by states and Republican election officials and courts rejecting dozens of legal challenges.
After voting to accuse Trump, Cheney lost his leadership position as chairman of the House Republican Conference. Nancy Pelosi, chairwoman of the Democratic House, put her on a committee of nine people to investigate the January 6 attack, and she is serving as vice president.
Trump has promised to defeat Cheney at next year’s primary election by backing Republican Harriet Hageman, a lawyer. Cheney, who was seeking a fourth term, said nothing less than constitutional authority is at stake.
“I think it’s going to be the most important house race in the country in 2022. And – and it’s going to be a place where people have the opportunity to say, ‘We’ll stand by the Constitution,’ ‘Cheney said.’ this race, a vote for the one that Donald Trump has supported, is a vote for someone who is willing to perpetuate the big lie, someone who is willing to put allegiance to Trump over allegiance to the Constitution, absolutely. “
The congresswoman in Wyoming criticized Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in California for sticking with Trump after the Capitol attack.
“What he has done is embrace Donald Trump,” she said. “And if I did what he does, I would be deeply ashamed. I do not know how to explain it to your children. When you’re in a situation where you have someone who did what Donald Trump did, it’s clear he can not continue to be someone you embrace. ”
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