Cheney hits back at Trump over election 'big lie'

'The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE,' the No. 3 House Republican said Monday.

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Rep. Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, says anyone claiming the 2020 presidential election was stolen is 'poisoning our democratic system,' a direct response to former President Trump.

'The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE,' the No. 3 House Republican said Monday.

trial, which began after the Democratic-controlled House charged him with a single count of incitement of insurrection, Democratic impeachment managers referred to"the big lie" repeatedly to describe Trump's persistent election untruths.

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"The big lie" refers to an idea perpetuated by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who said if one repeats a significant lie enough, people will start to believe it.Trump's attempted commandeering of the phrase to fit his narrative on Monday, similar to his rebranding of"fake news" in the aftermath of the 2016 election, has been echoed by some conservatives. For example, Hawley has referred to"Biden's big lie about election integrity."

While Cheney has emerged as Trump's most powerful House Republican critic, an attempt in February by Trump allies to strip her of her leadership post failed overwhelmingly, 145 to 61.The lopsided vote came by secret ballot, indicating broad private support for Cheney inside the conference, even though many have been wary of speaking out publicly for fear of igniting the ex-president's wrath.

Cheney's position has her at odds with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has tried to keep his conference aligned with the former president. After initially assigning Trump blame for the riot — though he voted hours after the attack to block the counting of some electoral votes for Biden — McCarthy has worked to get back into the former president's good graces, including visiting Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

During a House GOP retreat last week, which was organized by Cheney, McCarthy refused to say whether she should remain a part of the House Republican leadership team."That’s a question for the conference," McCarthy told reporters at the Orlando retreat, adding,"I think from a perspective, if you're sitting here at a retreat that's focused on policy and focused on the future of making American next century, and you're talking about something else, you're not being productive."

Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., chair of the Republican Study Committee, the largest House conservative caucus,on Friday that Cheney's continued criticism of Trump is"an unwelcome distraction."Allan SmithAllan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News.

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Good for her. Other GOP so called leaders are all COWARDS not to stand up against TRUMP !! It’s just amazing the pushback a Republican gets for simply telling the truth. It definitely wasn't legit. I am not a big fan of Rep. Cheney, but I do appreciate her efforts to right the wrong the former prez is promoting! This whole fantasy about the 2020 election being rigged, is preposterous! But the majority of the GOP are scared to confront the orange t!

Keep it up Liz! Thank you for your courage.

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The pro-Trump Republican trying to upstage CheneyAmid new knives out for the House GOP's No. 3 leader, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) is on the rise Liz Cheney stands up for the Constitution, laws and the United States. Republicans in general sh!t on all 3 now. RepLizCheney

Cheney hits Trump on 'Big Lie' of 2020 electionWe are more than 100 days into President Biden's administration, and House Republican leadership is focused on Donald Trump. NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Garrett Haake, and Politico Playbook Co-Author and White House Reporter, Eugene Daniels join Katy to discuss. GarrettHaake Unlike GOPLeader, LeaderMcConnell LindseyGrahamSC, SenTedCruz etc, RepLizCheney stands firm on the courage of her convictions about the cause of the insurrection. Truth and integrity in the GOP is a rarity. Respect to Cheney!!

Liz Cheney ramps up attack after Donald Trump fires back: Their latest feud explainedCheney has long criticized Trump, but on Monday she accused Trump of 'poisoning our democratic system.' In response, Trump has struck out against her chances for re-election. He’s out of his depth. Which is a drained kiddy pool. Liz Cheney Did Great' She Reminded The World What A Real Republican Is Guaranteed! Liz Cheney should change parties, but she probably won't. It's in her DNA.

The GOP Is Poised to Replace Liz Cheney with a Pro-Trump FanaticThe expected ascent of Rep. Elise Stefanik, who voted to overturn the 2020 election, signals that the GOP remains completely devoted to the former president—and his lies. The death of morality It’s called politics dumb dumb. Yup... guess GOP is correctly GroupofPuppets now. Pity and ironic that their desire to win using racism and cheating out weighed honesty & any sense of morality.

Republican Adam Kinzinger blasts GOP leaders over loyalty to Trump, opposition to Cheney'Did Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise talk to Officer Michael Fanone from DC metro about his experience on Jan 6th yet? It sure seems like they talked to Trump about it,' the Illinois congressman tweeted. Way to go Adam! The truth is where it's at. I truly believe that Liz and Meghan McCain were switched at birth and went home with the wrong parents. LeaderMcConnell is just a power hunger demagogue. He could careless about the true needs of the American people.