According to Mediaite, former U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, known for her opposition to Donald Trump within the Republican Party, sharply criticized Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel for her failure to condemn Trump’s rhetoric, which has drawn comparisons to Adolf Hitler. Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump in January 2021 and co-chaired the House Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, has faced political consequences for her stance, losing Wyoming’s Republican primary in 2022.
In a tweet on Monday, Cheney took aim at McDaniel, accusing her of collaboration for not denouncing Trump’s use of what she referred to as “Nazi propaganda.” Cheney asserted that history would judge McDaniel and other Republicans who appease Trump. The condemnation came after McDaniel appeared on NBC News’ Meet The Press, where she was confronted with Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric by anchor Kristen Welker.
Welker read a quote from Trump’s Veterans Day address in which he pledged to root out “communists, Marxists, fascists, and radical left thugs” and asked McDaniel if she was comfortable with such language from the GOP frontrunner. McDaniel sidestepped the question, refusing to comment on candidates and their campaign messaging but emphasizing Trump’s support for veterans.
“He says, quote, ‘In honor of our great veterans on Veterans Day, we pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists, and radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country, lie, steal, and cheat on our elections and will do anything, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America,” Welker read. “Are you comfortable with this language coming from the GOP frontrunner?”
“Again, I am not going to comment on candidates and their campaign messaging,” McDaniel answered. “I will say this: I know President Trump supports the veterans, our whole party supports our veterans, and I do think we’re at a very serious moment in our country.”
Trump’s remarks, deemed “incendiary and dehumanizing,” were widely criticized for echoing Nazi propaganda. In response to the criticism, Trump’s campaign spokesman Steven Cheung dismissed the assertions as “ridiculous” and accused critics of suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
The exchange between Cheney and McDaniel highlights the ongoing divisions within the Republican Party regarding Trump’s influence and rhetoric, with Cheney taking a firm stand against what she perceives as dangerous language reminiscent of historical propaganda.