They say if you want to know a person, look at his enemies. Well, for newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson, one of his enemies is the disgraced Liz Cheney, as she made clear this week.
If you remember correctly, Cheney was one of only a handful of Republican congressional members who sought to impeach Donald Trump, voted against her constituents, and sided with Democrats about the January 6 Capitol incursion, which they called the greatest tragedy in American history.
She now teaches at the University of Virginia Center for Politics after being cast out by both her home state of Wyoming and her caucus and party. It was there, at her new job, where she spouted off about her “concerns” about Johnson now leading the House of Representatives.
She spoke on a podcast, “Politics Is Everything,” saying that she knew Johnson “well.” According to her, they were elected at the time and even had offices right next to each other. But that doesn’t mean she’s a fan. Why? Well, because, like most of her party, Johnson voted not to certify the 2020 election results.
“Mike is somebody who says that he’s committed to defending the Constitution. But that’s not what he did when we were all tested in the aftermath of the 2020 election.”
Professor @Liz_Cheney, @uva @Center4Politics Professor of Practice, says new House Speaker Mike Johnson is "dangerous". Hear her reasons in our exclusive interview on a new episode of the Center for Politics' podcast "Politics Is Everything." Listen here or wherever you pod:… pic.twitter.com/xZgBRGmZHu
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) November 1, 2023
She continued, adding that Johnson acted in “ways that he knew to be wrong” by questioning the election. “I think that the country, unfortunately, will come to see the measure of his character.”
Well, on that last part, she is probably right. Eventually, truth always wins out, and a person’s true colors are seen.
Cheney is actually the perfect example of this.
For years, she claimed to represent the people of Wyoming and their conservative values. But all it took was for a man she didn’t like to get elected as president, and she threw it all away for more power and money.
So now she’s calling a man rooted in deep faith and with a commitment to democracy “dangerous.”
Yep, I’d say this is an endorsement of Johnson, not a critique…