Liz Cheney spent at least $58,000 on bodyguards after Jan. 6, wants to teach GOP basic civics
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MP Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Has no regrets defying former President Donald Trump and his lies about the 2020 elections, despite the cost of her position in the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives and deserving of her death threats, she says the New York Times. And to defuse those lies, she is betting on giving GOP voters who are misled by Trump, and perhaps even newly elected members of her faction, a crash course in basic civics.
"We have people we've been entrusted with upholding the republic who don't know what the rule of law is," Cheney said. "We'll probably have to do constitutional boot camps for newly sworn members of Congress. Sure enough." She added that she is "not naive about the education that needs to take place here," but "this is something that will determine the future of this republic," and she will fight for as long as it takes.
Cheney's crusade has its price. She spent most of her recent congressional hiatus in Wyoming but made very little public appearances after receiving "a barrage of death threats and general threats" from high-profile Trump critics, the Times reports. Cheney "is now surrounded by a newly deployed team of plainclothes agents with earplugs" and "their campaign spent $ 58,000 on security from January through March, including three former intelligence officers." The US Capitol Police recently assigned a protection detail to Cheney, the Times reports, "an unusual measure for a member of the House of Representatives who is not in an executive position."
A Republican renegade is an odd position for a Cheney, given former Vice President Dick Cheney's long and influential career in national GOP politics.
Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney's “political alter ego,” the Times says, called his daughter Jan. 6 as she prepared to take the floor of the House of Representatives to confirm President Biden's election victory and the loss of Trump . Dick Cheney had just vowed to Trump to get rid of "the Liz Cheneys of the world" and was concerned about her safety, Time reports. Cheney said she told her father that she was "absolutely" going to go on with her speech because "it's about being able to tell your kids that you got up and did the right thing," but she didn't get a chance because minutes later , Trump's supporters have broken through the Capitol. Read more about the Cheneys and their new role in national politics in the New York Times.
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