Trump rages at 'socialist nightmare' and brands Liz Cheney a 'warmonger' after she attacked him over election
FORMER President Donald Trump raged that the US is becoming a "socialist nightmare" under Joe Biden and branded Liz Cheney a "warmonger" for attacking him over the election.
In a scathing statement released on Wednesday, Trump fumed that "Warmonger Liz Cheney" continues to "unknowingly and foolishly say there was no Election Fraud" in the 2020 vote.
Trump continued that contrary to Cheney's stance, whom he says "has virtually no support left in the Great State of Wyoming", there is "evidence … [that] shows the exact opposite."
Trump also took aim at former Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.
The former president attacked Pence for refusing to reject certifications from multiple states on January 6, the same day a mob of MAGA supporters stormed the US Capitol chanting "hang Mike Pence".
In his first speech since leaving office last week, Pence spoke fondly of his time working with Trump and made no mention of the Capitol riots.
Trump also blasted McConnell on Wednesday, calling him "gutless and clueless".
After the Capitol riots, McConnell denounced Trump's rhetoric and blamed him for inciting the "Stop the Steal" mob.
"Had Mike Pence referred the information on six states (only need two) back to State Legislatures, and had gutless and clueless MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell … fought to expose all of the corruption that was presented at the time, with more found since, we would have had a fair different Presidential result," Trump wrote.
"And our Country would not be turning into a socialist nightmare!" he continued. "Never Give up!"
Trump offered no evidence to support his claims of election fraud in his statement.
He has continued to peddle unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud since losing the presidential race to Joe Biden in November.
Multiple courts also threw out Trump's legal challenges to the results in the weeks and months afterwards.
In his rebuke of Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, Trump ridiculed the former Senate Majority Leader for blowing "two seats in Georgia that should have never been lost."
McConnell has frequently been in Trump's cross-hairs since he departed the White House in January.
Last month Trump branded him a "dumb son of a b**ch" during a GOP event at his Mar-a-Lago club.
His latest statement comes at a fractious time for the Republican Party in Congress.
A small number of lawmakers, including Cheney, have continued to denounce Trump over his comments about the 2020 election.
Cheney, the number 3 Republican in the House, accused the former president of "poisoning" democracy in a tweet on Monday.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney wrote. "Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
Cheney was one of only seven Republicans to vote to convict Trump in his impeachment trial for inciting the January 6 riots.
In recent weeks she has faced growing calls to step down or be voted out of the House GOP leadership for her repeated criticisms of Trump.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy acknowledged on Tuesday that party members were concerned with Cheney.
“There's no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message [of the Republican Party],” McCarthy said in an interview with Fox.
“We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned. And that's about the message about going forward."
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, a staunch defender of Trump, has moved to consolidate support to replace Cheney.
Trump offered his support to Stefanik on Wednesday, saying there should be an opening in caucus leadership, a source close to the ex-president told The Hill.
Earlier Wednesday, Facebook announced it would upholding its ban to permanently suspend Trump from all of its social media platforms, including Instagram.
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