Cheney Blames Threats Against GOP On Trump

Liz Cheney, the former Republican member of the U.S. House from Wyoming, said over the weekend that threats that Republican lawmakers are receiving as a result of the vote for House Speaker are “absolutely driven by” former President Donald Trump as well as his supporters.

Appearing on the “Face the Nation” program on CBS News over the weekend, Cheney was directly asked about the threats that have surfaced against some GOP lawmakers while the chaos over the vote for House Speaker is ongoing.

Cheney responded:

“The domestic threats are absolutely being driven by Donald Trump and, unfortunately, some of his supporters who in fact have encouraged and taken steps that have resulted in, as we saw on January 6, political violence.”

Cheney added that some of the problem is that the narratives are coming from inside of Capitol Hill, too. She relayed a story that one congressman who supported Ohio Representative Jim Jordan for House Speaker told other members of the GOP caucus that the threats weren’t Jordan’s fault, but rather the fault of the people who voted against him for Speaker.

As Cheney opined:

“That is the kind of encouragement and acceptance of violence that absolutely has no place in this party, should have no place in our country.”

Like the others before him, Jordan failed in his bid to capture the gavel in the House. But, in the few days that led up to one of the votes, there were rumors persisting that Jordan was instituting a pressure campaign on some of the people who were considered holdouts.

Many allies of his trip to whip support for Jordan.

Last week, some GOP lawmakers even said they got death threats, both for refusing to support Jordan or for changing their vote from supporting him to not in later rounds of voting.

Representatives Mariannette Miller-Meeks from Iowa and Drew Ferguson from Georgia both said they received death threats not long after the second round of voting, since they changed their vote from the first round.

Representative Ken Buck from Colorado also said he received four death threats and was the subject of multiple calls to his House office. Buck voted for Majority Whip Tom Emmer from Minnesota on all three ballots that Jordan ran on.

Jordan has long been considered a strong ally of Trump’s. In fact, the president even publicly endorsed Jordan for the House Speaker job before he ultimately failed to capture the gavel.

That sparked numerous criticism about how Jordan might have been involved with the efforts Trump made to stay in power following the 2020 presidential election. Some people have claimed that Jordan knew what Trump’s plans were before the Capitol riot happened on January 6 of 2021.

Jordan is just the latest member of the GOP who’s failed to capture the gavel. Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Louisiana was the first after Kevin McCarthy was removed from his position a few weeks ago.