Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) confirmed one of Washington’s worst-kept secrets: Some Republican lawmakers who publicly support former President Donald Trump have a very different view behind the scenes.
She saw a preview of it on Jan. 6, 2021, just hours before Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to block the certification of the 2020 election and keep him in power.
At an event on Monday at the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney recalled being in the House cloakroom working on some notes when she saw a pile of papers that lawmakers had to sign if they planned to object to the election results.
“And while I was sitting there, a member came in and he signed his name on each of the states’ sheets,” Cheney recalls. “And then he said under his breath, ‘The things we do for the Orange Jesus.'”
Some in the audience chuckled, but Cheney didn’t seem amused.
“I thought, you know, you’re doing something unconstitutional,” she said.
Cheney, who is on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, also called on her fellow Republicans to continue to defend Trump and make excuses for him.
“Little by little, excuse me, we’re putting Donald Trump above the law,” she told NBC News. “We make indefensible behavior normal, legal and appropriate – as if he were a king.”
Cheney’s opposition to Trump cost her a leadership role in the House GOP conference earlier this year, and led to her primary loss to a Trump-backed candidate last month.