Thursday, June 30, 2022

Quote of the Day

It has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in [on January 6, 2021] were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined. . . . Donald Trump attempted to overturn the presidential election, he attempted to stay in office and to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

He summoned a mob to Washington, he knew they were armed on January 6, he knew they were angry and he directed the violent mob to march on the Capitol in order to delay or prevent completely the counting of electoral votes. He attempted to go there with them and when the violence was underway he refused to take action to tell the rioters to leave. Instead, he incited further violence by tweeting the Vice-President, Mike Pence, was a coward. He said “Mike deserves it” and he didn’t want to do anything in response to the “hang Mike Pence” chants.

. . . The reality that we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose. Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution. . . . We are confronting a domestic threat that we have never faced before. And that is a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic. And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man. . . . They’re enabling his lies.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
Quoted in Gerrard Kaonga’s article,
Liz Cheney Receives Huge Applause From
Republicans for Speech Against Trump

June 30, 2022

NEXT: Heather Cox Richardson: It’s Up to Us to Prove
That Democracy Is Still a Viable Form of Government

Related Off-site Links:
The Case for Prosecuting Donald Trump Just Got Much Stronger: Cassidy Hutchinson’s Testimony May Have Produced a Smoking Gun – David French (The Dispatch, June 28, 2022).
Witness Cassidy Hutchinson Details Trump’s Rage and Meadows’s Inaction on January 6 – Carl Hulse (The New York Times, June 28, 2022).
Cassidy Hutchnson Shatters the Trump White House’s Code of Silence – Michael B. Hamer (Michael-In-Norfolk, June 29, 2022).

UPDATES: “Truth Matters”: Liz Cheney Lambasts Trump-backed Rival in Wyoming Debate – Martin Pengelly (The Guardian, July 1, 2022).
January 6 Panel: More People Turn Up With Evidence Against Trump – Hope Yen (AP News, July 3, 2022).
Let’s Be Clear: The Battle Before Us Is Democracy vs. Autocracy – Robert Reich (Common Dreams, July 8, 2022).
Liz Cheney’s Latest Fans: Democratic Donors – Kate Kelly and Maggie Haberman (The New York Times, July 9, 2022).
January 6 Committee Lays Bare How Trump’s Tweets Fomented Deadly Insurrection – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 12, 2022).
January 6 Rioter Apologizes to Officers After House Testimony – Michael Kunzelman and Alana Durkin Richer (AP News, July 12, 2022).
January 6 Panel Refers Trump to the Department of Justice for Suspected Witness Tampering – Kenny Stancil (Common Dreams, July 12, 2022).
Leaked Steve Bannon Clip Confirms Trump’s False Victory Claim on Election Night Was Planned – Kenny Stancil (Common Dreams, July 14, 2022).
As First Series of January 6 Hearings Ends, Watchdogs Say Trump “Must Be Prosecuted” – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 22, 2022).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Mitchell Zimmerman: Quote of the Day – June 23, 2022
Rep. Liz Cheney: Quote of the Day – June 9, 2022
Two Conservative Voices of Integrity
“How Can One Overreact to a Mortal Threat to American Democracy?”
A Deeper Perspective on What’s Really Attacking Democracy
“The Coup Attempt on Jan. 6th Was a Warning for What’s to Come If We Don’t Act”
“My Biggest Worry Is for My Country”
Republicans Pose an “Existential Threat” to American Democracy
The Big Switch
The Republican Party in a Nutshell
Republicans Don’t Care About American Democracy
Heather Cox Richardson on Combating the Republican Party’s “Rigging of the System”
Refuting Surface Level Comparisons Between the Insurrection at the Capitol and Black Lives Matter Protests
David Remnick: Quote of the Day – February 13, 2021
Dan Rather on America’s “Moment of Reckoning”
Michael Harriot: Quote of the Day – January 6, 2021
Insurrection at the United States Capitol

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