Former U.S. Representative Liz Cheney appeared at Colorado College on Sunday and gave a commencement address, during which she received not applause for her anti-Trump stances but instead faced boos and chair-turning from graduates.
She avoided discussing her own political future, including a potential 2024 presidential run, and instead condemned her former GOP colleagues in the House of Reps for not sufficiently, in her view, countering former President Donald Trump’s claims of a “rigged” election in 2020.
Using that to pat herself on the back and encourage the woke students to whom she was speaking, Cheney urged the graduating students to remain steadfast in pursuing the truth. During the speech in which the students booed her, Liz stuck to her usual topic: her participation in the House of Representative’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged involvement in the January 6th incident and her hand-wringing claims about Trump being a threat to “our democracy.”
She also patted herself on the back for being, in her view, a champion of democracy against those (Trump) that she thought sought to undermine it or make her “lie” on their behalf. She said, of course, that she chose the right thing and refused to lie for Trump, losing her House leadership position and House seat in the process. Ignored there was that many in the party despised her for constantly firing on them rather than the left.
In any case, continuing on that tired old point about “our democracy,” Liz warned about those that would undermine democracy. As her example, she of course pointed to someone from former President Trump’s administration. She did so with a reference to Cleta Mitchella, a Trump adviser who warned about the danger posed to GOP interests by how easy it is for anyone to vote.
Speaking about Cleta Mitchell, Cheney said, “Cleta Mitchell, an election denier and adviser to former President Trump, told a gathering of Republicans recently that it is crucially important to make sure that college students don’t vote.” Continuing, she said, “Those who are trying to unravel the foundations of our republic, who are threatening the rule of law and the sanctity of our elections, know they can’t succeed if you vote.”
The students weren’t impressed, finding Liz not sufficiently woke for their tastes. One graduate’s message to Cheney, splashed on her cap, said, “Why listen to a racist, imperialist, transphobic, war monger?? Your hate is loud.”
The Daily Mail added that “While many students and parents in the audience applauded throughout Cheney’s remarks, some opposing the choice of Cheney as speaker booed and turned their chairs away from the stage when she spoke.”
Despite ostensibly being a Republican, former Rep. Cheney only really achieved a prominent role in DC politics when she started attacking populist Republicans, particularly Trump, instead of Democrats. She’s since continued on that, seemingly always firing right instead of left. For example, a PAC in support of her 2024 candidacy attacked Trump in ads run in New Hampshire, and the expectation is that she’ll keep attacking the former president.
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