Former representative Liz Cheney said newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson is “dangerous” because he went along with former President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud in 2020.
“Mike is somebody that I knew well. We were elected together.”
“Our offices were next to each other.”
“Mike is somebody who says that he’s committed to defending the Constitution,” she said.
“But that’s not what he did when we were all tested in the aftermath of the 2020 election.”
“Mike in my experience, and, I was very, deeply involved and engaged as the conference chair, when Mike was doing things like convincing members of the conference to sign on to the amicus brief.”
“He was acting in ways that he knew to be wrong,” Cheney said.
“And, I think that the country, unfortunately, will come to see the measure of his character.”
“In my view, he was willing to set aside what he knew to be the rulings of the courts, the requirements of the Constitution, in order to placate Donald Trump, in order to gain praise from Donald Trump, for political expedience. So it’s a concerning moment to have him be elected speaker of the House.”
Liz Cheney: “One of the reasons why somebody like Mike Johnson is dangerous is because when you have elected Republicans who know better…but yet will go along with the efforts to undermine our republic…Donald Trump undertook to overturn the election,” pic.twitter.com/qhPinWMqcs— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) November 1, 2023
“One of the reasons why somebody like Mike Johnson is dangerous is because when you have elected Republicans who know better, elected Republicans who know the truth but yet will go along with the efforts to undermine our republic, the efforts, frankly, that Donald Trump undertook to overturn the election.”
As The Hill noted, Johnson led an amicus brief supporting a Texas lawsuit following the 2020 election that sought to overturn election results in several states.
He also voted to object to the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania shortly after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Former President Trump congratulated Johnson on winning the Speakership after weeks of Republican chaos following former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) historic ouster from the leadership role early last month.
Johnson recently issued a response to the recent liberal attacks on his Christian faith.
“I’m not surprised by that. I mean, it comes with the territory. It doesn’t bother me at all,” he added.
“I just wish they would get to know me,” he continued.
“I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something. That’s not what this is about at all.”
Johnson then discussed how the Bible commands us to show peace and love toward all people.