Congresswoman Liz Cheney stated that Donald Trump’s refusal to resign from the presidency after losing the 2020 election “affirms the reality of the danger” of his efforts to rig the results.
The former president allegedly promised his aides that he would stay in the White House even after Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to findings in a new book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Cheney made the comments in response to those claims.
The 45th president reportedly told his aides: “I’m just not going to leave,” according to Haberman’s soon-to-be-published book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.
“We’re never leaving. How can you leave when you won an election?”
Cheney said it wasn’t “surprising that those are the sentiments that he reportedly expressed.”
“In a lot of ways people say it wasn’t as dangerous as it really was,” she told CNN on Monday.
“And when you hear something like that, I think you have to recognize that we were in no man’s land and territory we’d never been in before as a nation.
“And if you have a president who’s refusing to leave the White House, or who’s saying he refuses to leave the White House, then anyone who sort of stands aside and says someone else will handle it is themselves putting the nation at risk because it’s clear that, when you’re at a moment that we faced, everyone’s got to stand up and take responsibility,” Cheney said.
“I think, again, it just affirms, affirms the reality of the danger.”
Over the past week, 40 of Mr. Trump’s advisers and associates have received grand jury summons from the Justice Department’s investigation into the rioting.
In addition to those who have remained close to Trump since his term ended on January 20, 2021, the subpoenas, which were issued as part of a secret grand jury investigation into his efforts to remain in the White House despite losing the election, have targeted his longtime social media guru Daniel Scavino.