Liz Cheney v. Donald Trump: Principle or pique?

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

From rising GOP star to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appointee to the dubious January 6 commission, has Cong. Liz Cheney stood for principle, or has her disdain for Donald Trump become her guiding light?

Cheney’s vote for the second Trump impeachment was risible inasmuch as a trial before the Senate was impossible before his term expired. The proceeding was moot before it started.  You can’t impeach a man who no longer holds office making the second impeachment trial an absurdity.

Knowing it was just that, Chief Justice Roberts refused to preside over the charade when the bill of impeachment went up to the Senate.  Given that by now Trump was out of office and with Roberts’ refusal to participate, an impeachment trial was invalid. Nevertheless, the Democrats proceeded to try the former president, violating the Constitution’s strict criteria that in an impeachment trial the “Chief Justice shall preside” by illegitimately substituting the president pro-tem of the Senate, Sen. Patrick Leahy, for the Chief Justice. A more than willing Cheney endorsed the farce.

Cheney’s assertion that Trump’s daring to contest the election’s integrity violated “fidelity to the constitution” was meritless, ignoring the 2000 Bush-Gore controversy as well as Hillary Clinton’s continual insistence that Trump was an illegitimate president, that in a fair election she was the winner. That the 2020 presidential election wasn’t as honest as proclaimed by the media is on the verge of becoming common knowledge. The revelations of journalist Mollie Hemingway, the left’s self-exposure in Time, the almost daily reports of ballot hijinks support Trump’s claims of a fraudulent election.

Both scholar Victor Davis Hanson and political essayist Conrad Black have elaborated at some length about 2020 electoral chicanery. As I wrote at the time (“Capitol chaos, capital confusion”,, July 13, 2021)

Over 70 million Americans feel that, except for Trump, they are ignored by a political class that does not care about them, in fact, despises them. That Pennsylvania violated its own constitution regarding ballots and other states ignored their own election regulations has been ignored, even by the courts, further inflaming the situation.


Cheney was rightfully infuriated by the January 6 melee but blaming Trump ignores facts on the ground. Trump never told his supporters to riot but there is indication of agents provocateurs as well as FBI informants in the crowd. The latter was confirmed by NY Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg who downplayed any real danger. In a similar vein that the Capitol Police inviting protestors into the Capitol is ignored by Cheney and the commission as has been overcharging by prosecutors and the violation of the constitutional rights of those arrested.

If there is a threat to democracy as Cheney asserts, it comes not come from Trump. It is he who has defended the First Amendment rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor against Obamacare’s abortion mandate, has asserted the Second Amendment as an individual right, and has acted to secure the border and enforce immigration law, unlike his predecessor and his successor. Trump also appointed originalist judges and respected the Tenth Amendment, unlike the progressives who have vitiated it, robbing the people of self-government by imposing the prejudices of liberal kritarchy.

The threat to the republic comes from President Biden who has repeatedly ignored his oath to “faithfully execute” the law. He has done this by refusing to secure the southern border from invasion, refusing to enforce immigration law, openly transporting illegal aliens throughout the country, by an inflationary economic policy, demonizing white Americans as white supremacists, decreeing unconstitutional mandates, and supporting HR1 to unconstitutionally deprive states’ control of their own elections. These are the real threats to democracy, not an ex-president.


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