Liz Cheney courts Murdoch-owned media condemning Trump during Fox interview – Newsweek | Region & Cash

Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, pointed out during a Fox News Sunday Interview that editors of right-wing newspapers owned by billionaire media tycoon Rupert Murdoch agree with their assessment that former President Donald Trump is “unfit” to run for office again.

Cheney serves as vice chairman of the House of Representatives special committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Cheney has become one of the former president’s harshest critics following the violence unleashed against the legislative federal government by Trump supporters over the past year.

“I’m not the only one saying Donald Trump is unfit for office. There are other companies owned by Rupert Murdoch,” the GOP MP said Sunday.

Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, pointed out during an interview with Fox News on Sunday that Rupert Murdoch-owned publications have condemned former President Donald Trump for his inaction on Jan. 6, 2021. Above: Cheney delivers a closing remarks during a prime-time hearing at the Cannon House Office Building Thursday in Washington, DC
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“It is that New York Post in her editorial on Friday. It is The Wall Street Journalsaid the same after our Thursday night hearing,” she added.

As Cheney pointed out, the post published an opinion piece from its editorial board on Friday entitled: “Trump’s silence on January 6 is damning.”

“His sole focus was finding means – damn the consequences – to block the peaceful transfer of power. There is no other explanation, just as there is no defense, for his refusal to stop the violence,” the editor wrote. “It is up to the Department of Justice to decide whether this is a crime. But as a matter of principle and for reasons of character, Trump has shown himself unworthy to once again be the leader of this country.”

Likewise the diary‘s editorial team published an opinion piece on Friday entitled: “The President Who Standed On January 6th.”

“Mr. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution, and as commander-in-chief had a duty to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it on his behalf. He refused. He did not call the military to send help. He didn’t call [then-Vice President Mike Pence] to check on the safety of his trusty vice president. Instead, he fed mob anger and rioted,” the editors wrote.

The article condemned Trump’s actions, claiming that “the facts [the House select committee] laid out in hearings is sobering.”

Murdoch, through his company News Corp. Hundreds of local, national and international publishers including the post and the diary. He also owns Fox News and currently serves as Chairman of Fox Corporation.

In a separate interview with CNN on Sunday, Cheney blasted Trump’s actions related to Jan. 6 and his efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

“I think Donald Trump, violating his oath of office, violating the Constitution that he committed, is the single most serious misconduct by a president in the history of our nation,” the congresswoman said.

Cheney is up against a Trump-backed challenger in what appears to be a difficult GOP primary. Recent polls show her opponent, Harriet Hageman, leads by double digits among Republican voters in the solidly conservative state. The primary will take place on August 16th.

The Wyoming representative drew Trump’s ire after announcing her intention to support his second impeachment for inciting his supporters to attack the US Capitol on Jan. 6. Overall, 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump and seven GOP senators voted to convict him. Cheney has since become one of the former president’s strongest and most consistent conservative critics – and has drawn significant backlash from fellow GOPs.

news week has reached out to Trump’s press office for comment.

Trump insists he did nothing wrong on Jan. 6 or in his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. He claims Biden only won through widespread voter fraud, but no evidence has surfaced to support the claim. The former president describes the House Select Committee inquiry and other investigations into him as a “witch hunt”.

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