Republican House Conference Chair Liz Cheney rebuked the progressive Democrats who frequently proclaim that their political opposition is bred from racial animus rather than difference in ideas.
“Our opposition to our socialist colleagues has absolutely nothing to do with their gender, with their religion or with their race — it has to do with the content of their policies,” Cheney said during the weekly GOP leadership press conference on Tuesday.
“They’re wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people,” she continued. “They’re wrong when they pursue policies that would steal power from the American people and give that power to the government.”
Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, has been an outspoken critic of socialism and has frequently emphasized the importance of standing in staunch opposition to an overbearing government.
“They’re wrong when they rush to blame America first, when they fail to recognize that this is the greatest nation that has ever existed, the exceptional nation,” Cheney said. “They’re wrong when they fail to recognize that no people have ever lived in greater freedom, and then they go on and fail to provide the resources our men and women in uniform need to defend that freedom.”
While abstaining from directly naming who she was reprimanding, the rebuke came only hours after four House Democrats, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Aryanna Pressley held a press conference of their own. During the presser, the group of freshman, referred to as “the Squad,” attacked President Donald Trump for what they considered to be racist and sexist motives.
Cheney also reiterated her condemnation of “vile anti-Semitism” that the freshman group has espoused on multiple occasions.
Omar and Tlaib became America’s first Muslim congresswomen when sworn into office in January. Along with Ocasio-Cortez, the three progressive lawmakers have been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiments even prior to taking office.
The Wyoming congresswoman has often butted heads with the trio. After Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, took offense to Omar’s description of the September 11 terrorist attacks as merely an event where “some people did something,” Ocasio-Cortez accused Crenshaw of not caring about 9/11 victims. Cheney immediately called the incident “nauseating” and demanded a public apology, which never came.
Ocasio-Cortez also tried to blame Cheney after Ocasio-Cortez received widespread criticism for comparing Nazi concentration camps to illegal immigrant detention facilities.
“They’re wrong when they say their programs help people at the lower end of the economic spectrum,” Cheney told the crowd during the press conference. “Every one of their socialist programs would create massive new government dependency and end the very economic growth we need to ensure everyone can prosper.”
Listing the “Squad’s” support for far-left policies such as late-term abortion, eliminating the private health insurance market, abolishing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants, open borders, and mandating a $15 minimum wage, Cheney contended, “that is not compassion,” but rather a “callousness that’s born out of ignorance.”
“Our colleagues are wrong when they tell Americans, as Congresswoman Pressley did just last weekend, that any individual seat at the table is only valuable, only legitimate, if that person espouses some preapproved set of beliefs deemed appropriate based on their religion or their gender or their race,” Cheney said. “When they say that, that is racist.”
“We opposed them and their policies because their policies are dangerous and wrong and would destroy America,” she added.