|Washington – This evening, Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Fox News to discuss the events that took place at the U.S Capitol today during the electoral college certification process. Watch the interview here and see her comments below:|
On the events of the day:
“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty. There is no question that the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame. This is what America is not. It has just been absolutely intolerable and unacceptable. The mob will not prevail. We all have taken an oath to the Constitution. It’s an oath that we carry out, it does not bend to mob rule and it doesn’t bend to political threats. It is an oath under God and we will carry it out. And what happened today can never happen in the United States, and the President needs to take responsibility for it.”
On the President’s response:
“The President is abusing the trust of the American people and abusing the trust of the people who supported him. We’ve never in our 245 year history had a President refuse to concede and leave office after the Electoral College had voted. The Electoral College voted on December 14th. Our job here in the Capitol is to count the votes, we will count the votes, but there are serious questions about the President’s involvement and responsibility for what happened here tonight, here today at the Capitol, and it cannot be tolerated.”
On the House proceeding this evening:
“I think there is agreement that we must do that, agreement that we will do that, that we won’t be deterred in completing this Constitutional task and that agreement is bipartisan. I look forward to doing that. I think it is very important for us to do that, it’s important to send a message to the nation and to the world that America is not ruled by mob violence. We have this tremendous history of a peaceful transfer of power, something that we take for granted, but Ronald Reagan said it was ‘miraculous.’ I think what we have seen today demonstrates how fragile it is. And the obligation and the responsibility of everybody in a position of authority to step up and make sure that we are abiding by our oath and to make sure that this insurrection is not allowed to proceed and that we are not going to be ruled by the violence. I also want to say that you’ve got scores of law enforcement, Capitol Police officers who were injured. It is just absolutely unacceptable and the President’s response so far has been completely intolerable and insufficient.