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Cheney criticizes Stefanik flip on Jan. 6 crimes

Jan 30, 2024 12:56 pm

Molly Burke reports in the Times Union that former Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, this week pointed out Rep. Elise Stefanik's reversal of opinion on the events of Jan. 6, 2021. On that day, Stefanik called the attempted coup a “tragic day for America.” Stefanik, who represents Rensselaer County and the rest of the 21st Congressional District, also originally condemned the “dangerous violence and destruction that occurred today at the United States Capitol.” She also called for the prosecution of "perpetrators of this un-American violence and destruction." But now she calls those perpetrators "hostages." Stefanik has also said recently that “baseless witchhunt investigations” into the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol were threats to democracy. Stefanik has also complained about the prosecution of criminals who attempted to overthrow a fair election, calling it the “weaponization of the federal government.” Cheney pointed to Stefanik’s original statement as a “rare moment of honesty,” and said, "One day she will have to explain how and why she morphed into a total crackpot.” In her book, “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning,” which was released in December, Cheney wrote that Stefanik was once a “reasonable and thoughtful” member of Congress, but that “she had undergone a dramatic transition into a Trump sycophant over the past 18 months.” Stefanik’s spokesperson, Alex DeGrasse, said, “On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Liz Cheney is spending her Saturday morning having a mental breakdown looking at archives of years old press releases.... Liz is lashing out as usual because she hates that the American people sent her packing and she will never hold any elected office again.” Read more about this story in the Times Union