Cheney blames Trump for Capitol riot and says it's 'most dangerous thing a prez has done' as she slams GOP allies

CONGRESSWOMAN Liz Cheney has blamed Donald Trump for the Capitol insurrection branding it the "most dangerous thing" a president has done as she slammed House Republicans.

The lawmaker blasted the former president for his role in the riots that saw five people killed as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 in a bid to stop Congress certifying Joe Biden's election victory.

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Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans that voted for Trump to be impeached on the charge of insurrection.

The Wyoming Rep. has refused to support the “big lie” that last year’s presidential election was stolen from Trump.

She branded the insurrection as "dangerous" and the "most egregious violation" of a presidential oath.

The congresswoman also slammed House Republicans who visited Trump at his luxurious Mar-a-Lago resort in the subsequent weeks.

Cheney told CNN's David Axelrod: "I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history.”

She said: "And so the idea that a few weeks after he did that, the leader of the Republicans in the House would be at Mar-a-Lago, essentially, you know, pleading with him to somehow come back into the fold, or whatever it was he was doing, to me was inexcusable."

The lawmaker's damning indictment of Trump comes just weeks after she was one of 35 House Republicans who voted for the commission to probe the January 6 attack.

Trump hit back in a statement, saying: "See, 35 wayward Republicans—they just can’t help themselves.

"We have much better policy and are much better for the Country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don’t. (sic)"

He added: "They don’t have the Romney’s, Little Ben Sasse’s, and Cheney’s of the world.

"Unfortunately, we do. Sometimes there are consequences to being ineffective and weak. The voters understand!"

House Republicans voted to remove Cheney from her leadership role as conference chair following her anti-Trump statements.

The former president was elated when she was ousted, branding the lawmaker as a "bitter, horrible human being".

Trump said Cheney is a "warmonger" as he accused her family of taking the US into the conflict in the Middle East.

He added that he is looking forward to watching her as a "paid contributor" in the media instead of upholding her role in politics.

Cheney vowed to do everything in her power to stop Trump from returning as president.

She told reporters: "I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.

"We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution."

The congresswoman has repeatedly warned that Republicans continued support of Trump could lead to the party’s destruction.

Trump continues to tease about another run for the White House in 2024 and has said a decision could be made after the midterms.

Cheney said despite the GOP's devotion to the former president, there are "more members who believe in substance" over lies.

She told CNN at the time: "If you look at the vote to impeach, for example, there were members who told me that they were afraid for their own security – afraid in some instances for their lives."

Cheney urged her Republican colleagues to "save" the party.

She said: "We have to save the party. The country needs a Republican Party, and certainly, the ideals and the principles that I believe in should be reflected in that party."

Cheney criticized both the GOP and Democrats for having members that seek social media stardom over making a consequential legislative impact.

She said: "We need to incentivize people who want to come to Washington and do real work, people who want to come and actually legislate."

Last month, Cheney told ABC that she regretted voted for Trump although said she would never have voted for Biden.

She said: "It was a vote based on policy, based on substance and in terms of the kind of policies he put forward that were good for the country.

"But I think it's fair to say that I regret the vote."

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