Rep. Liz Cheney released a closing video statement ahead of a Republican primary in Wyoming she is expected to lose next week. In her message, she framed the congressional race as a bigger fight for American democracy.
LIZ CHENEY: As election day nears, I want to talk to citizens across our great state and all across our country. America cannot remain free if we abandon the truth. The lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is insidious.
It preys on those who love their country. It is a door Donald Trump opened to manipulate Americans to abandon their principles-- to sacrifice their freedom, to justify violence, to ignore the rulings of our courts and the rule of law. This is Donald Trump's legacy, but it cannot be the future of our nation.
History has shown us over and over again how these types of poisonous lies destroy free nations. Like many candidates across this country, my opponents in Wyoming have said that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen. No one who understands our nation's laws, no one with an honest, honorable, genuine commitment to our Constitution would say that.
It is a cancer that threatens our great republic. If we do not condemn these lies, if we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct and it will become a feature of all elections. America will never be the same. Nothing in our public life is more important than the preservation of the miracle given to us by God and our founding fathers-- nothing.
Here's my pledge to you-- I will work every day to ensure that our exceptional nation long endures. My children and your children must grow up in an America where we have honorable and peaceful transitions of power, not violent confrontations, intimidation, and thuggery, where we are governed by laws and not by men, where we are led by people who love this country more than themselves.
No matter how long we must fight, this is a battle we will win. Millions of Americans across our nation-- Republicans, Democrats, independents-- stand united in the cause of freedom. We are stronger, more dedicated, and more determined than those trying to destroy our republic. This is our great task, and we will prevail. I hope you will join me in this fight. I'm Liz Cheney and I approve this message.