Trump-bashing Liz Cheney gets testy when Bret Baier cites WSJ op-ed on ‘projection’

Former Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney insisted there is no double standard in her criticism of presidents even as she told Fox News viewers to ditch the GOP frontrunner in the 2024 race.

The so-called Republican joined “Special Report” on Monday to tout her new book and carry on her fear-mongering about former President Donald Trump but hit a wall when host Bret Baier pressed her on her one-sided criticisms.

“We can have conservative policies without having to torch the Constitution,” Cheney said at one point. “And so what I would urge people watching today who are going to be voting in those caucuses and in those primaries, vote for somebody else. Do not vote for somebody who already tried to seize power.”

Citing a Wall Street Journal op-ed from last week, Baier said to Cheney, “This is the Wall Street Journal. This is not a MAGA, you know, op-ed here. And they say, ‘Trump as dictator is a classic case of projection.’”

“Well, I think they’re wrong,” Cheney replied.

“We would not have to guess about what the next President Trump would do because he did it before. He would not have around him the people that were around him, frankly, the people that the country will hear from as his trial moves forward, who were all his appointees…people that told him on January 6th, as you and I were talking that day, actually, that he needed to tell the mob to go home.”

Baier tried to get back to the point,

“Right. But what about the point it made in this op-ed, specifically and I understand what you’re saying about the former president, what you feel about what would happen, but you haven’t been vocal about President Biden’s executive orders to cancel student loans,” Baier said.

Cheney insisted they were “very different,” as she and Baier continued to talk over each other.

“Are you going to let me answer?” an exasperated Cheney said.

“Yeah, I am. Just let me list them,” Baier shot back as he attempted to lay out examples of issues the former congresswoman had not weighed in on.

“After the SCOTUS ruled against it, he still uses regulatory means to write off, you know, the student debt, wall off 1.5 million acres of land for fossil fuel. What this basically is saying is that there are things that have been done outside of the rule of federal courts that you haven’t weighed in on,” he said.

“Well, first of all, I don’t think it’s true that I haven’t weighed in on those,” the former vice chair of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 told Baier.

“And I think a lot of those if you look at the kinds of things that he’s done with respect, for example, to energy policy, with respect to setting aside lands across the West, I’ve been very vocal that I think those policies are wrong. It’s very different from a president,” she continued. “And look, you wrote a book about George Washington. The last chapter of your book is called, ‘The Gift of a Peaceful Transition of Power.’ That’s what we’re talking about.”

“But this is not about me,” Baier told her.

“That’s right. But that’s a very important concept. Let me finish my answer,” Cheney snapped back.

“Because every single president, Republican and Democrat, since George Washington, has ensured the peaceful transition of power. Donald Trump tried to seize power,” she insisted, making the case that her criticism of the former president is different.

“Those are lines that can’t be crossed. And look, this isn’t about policy. I voted with Donald Trump 93% of the time. This is about the nation. It’s about the republic. It’s about the Constitution,” she declared.

Frieda Powers


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