(FreedomBeacon.com)- Some people are praising Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney for standing up to former President Donald Trump, even after she was outed from the GOP leadership team in the House.
But, one former lawmaker said that people shouldn’t label Cheney as “some sort of hero” for what she’s doing.
During a podcast interview with David Axelrod of CNN recently, Justin Amash, a former representative from Michigan, said Cheney had the opportunity to speak up way earlier than she actually did.
Amash is a former Republican who changed his political affiliation to independent back in 2019 after voting to impeach Trump during the first trial. Then, in 2020, he officially joined the Libertarian Party.
On the podcast, he said Cheney could’ve joined him when he warned “the president’s approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country.”
She didn’t do that then, though, deciding instead to wait another two years before taking a stand. He told Axelrod:
“She didn’t stand up for that view. We had four years where she could have stood up and said, ‘There’s a problem here. What Donald Trump is doing is wrong.'”
Cheney used to serve as the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. She was removed from that position in early May after she continuously criticized Trump and those who supported him and his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
She further said she regretted voting for Trump in 2020, and would do “everything” that she could to keep him out of the White House if he decided to run for president again in a few years.
Amash questioned “what is it that changed” for Cheney that convinced her to change her position on Trump so suddenly. He said:
“I saw that not as someone who’s saying you can never change, you can never grow, you can never learn, but I’d like to see some real development when people learn. Liz Cheney, what is it that you saw that made it so different for you versus how Trump was behaving, say, before January 6?
“I don’t think there was any radical difference there. It was the same, what because the outcome was different? Because that was the one time they stormed the Capitol?”
Amash brings up some really good points here. Is Cheney only concerned now because she believes she was personally in danger with the attacks at the U.S. Capitol building? If she believes Trump is actually dangerous, did she not care about the safety of her constituents before?
And is there something else that is motivating her decision, such as, say, the fact that she’ll be running for re-election in the 2022 midterm elections?
“One of the biggest problems we have in politics is that when someone is inconsistent like that, where they’re doing the wrong thing for four years and then they flip on a dime, there’s a tendency to turn them into heroes. And I think that’s a huge problem because it lets people get away with things.”