Cheney Highlights Stefanik’s Deleted Jan. 6 Statement Amidst Controversy 📢
Liz Cheney, the former third-ranking Republican in the House from Wyoming, brought attention back to a statement made by Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York concerning the January 6 Capitol riot, after it was reportedly removed from Stefanik’s official website. Cheney, leveraging the platform X (previously known as Twitter), resurfaced Stefanik’s initial remarks on the events of Jan. 6, which had been erased, leaving visitors to Stefanik’s page greeted with an “ERROR” message.
Cheney, on a Saturday morning post on X, revealed that she was made aware of the removal of Stefanik’s statement, where Stefanik had demanded that those responsible for the Capitol breach be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Cheney also posted a screenshot of the now-absent statement.
In her original communication regarding the Capitol unrest, Stefanik had denounced the violence as “anti-American” and described the day as “tragic.” “This is truly a tragic day for America,” she had expressed, condemning the violence and underscoring the importance of peaceful protest and free speech, while firmly stating that violence was completely intolerable and un-American.
However, Stefanik’s rhetoric regarding the Capitol rioters has evolved since then. In an early January appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” she voiced “concerns about the treatment of Jan. 6 hostages,” indicating a shift in her narrative.
Cheney, who played a significant role in the congressional investigation into the Capitol attack and has been a vocal critic of former President Trump and his supporters’ unfounded claims regarding the 2020 election, recently labeled Stefanik as a “total crackpot.” Cheney has also strongly criticized Stefanik’s altered stance on the Jan. 6 rioters, calling it a “disgrace” and “outrageous.”