Liz Cheney Voted Against Major Bill and Here’s Her Strong Defense

March 13, 2019
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Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney says the anti-hate resolution passed in the House this week was “an effort to actually protect Ilhan Omar.”

The House Republican Conference Chair, one of only 23 House Republicans to vote against the bill, explained her reasoning to NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday morning’s edition of “Meet The Press.”

Calling her refusal to vote for the resolution “a bit of a surprise,” Todd asked Cheney if her colleagues made “a mistake by voting with the Democrats on this resolution.”

“No,” the Wyoming lawmaker responded before acknowledging that, while there was “nothing objectionable in the resolution,” she voted against it because of what it left out.

“I think it was really clearly an effort to actually protect Ilhan Omar, to cover up her bigotry and anti-Semitism by refusing to name her,” she said. “The Democrats have yet to take any action to remove her from her committee. And they’ve got a real problem. I mean the extent to which they are now abiding by anti-Semitism, enabling anti-Semitism in their party is something we watch them struggle with, but something that’s very dangerous for the country. So, I’m hopeful they will be able to stand up and do the right thing on this.”

The GOP congresswoman released a statement Thursday via Twitter, calling it a “sham resolution.”

“Voters send them there. Nobody is saying we’re going to expel them,” she said. “We respect the decision voters made. But there are certain things that shouldn’t be part of our public discourse.”

“It is absolutely shameful that Nancy Pelosi and Leader [Steny] Hoyer and the Democratic leaders will not put her name in a resolution on the floor and condemn her remarks and remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Those people who won’t condemn it are enabling it,” Cheney added.

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