[Liz Cheney] For a long time, I was warning that the president's approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt, and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country. She didn't stand up for that view. — Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan
[Liz Cheney] For a long time, I was warning that the president's approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt, and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country. She didn't stand up for that view. — Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan
Former Rep. Justin Amash says Liz Cheney could have spoken out against Trump sooner, rejects her being 'some sort of hero'
  • Justin Amash warned against turning Liz Cheney into "some sort of hero" for her criticism of Trump.
  • Amash said that Cheney didn't join him when he was criticizing Trump's behavior before January 6.
  • "I also think we need to be careful, because you want to give people the room to learn and change," he said.
Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who became a contrarian within the GOP after former President Donald Trump's 2016 election before eventually leaving the party, warned against calling Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming a "hero" for her criticism of the former president.

During an interview on "The Axe Files" podcast with CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod, Amash said that Cheney could have joined him in rebuking Trump years ago.

Amash, who served in the House from 2011 to 2021, was a member of the Republican Party until 2019, when he officially became an Independent. Last year, he became a Libertarian.

"For a long time, I was warning that the president's approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt, and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country," he said. "She didn't stand up for that view."

Amash has been a longtime critic of Trump and called for the former president's impeachment based on the findings from the Russia investigation in February 2019, months before Trump's eventual 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House.

The former congressman, who nixed his third-party presidential bid last year, said Cheney was nowhere to be found when he was the lone voice pressing for Trump's ouster.

"We had four years where she could have stood up and said, 'There's a problem here. What Donald Trump is doing is wrong,'" he said. "I think this effort to turn her into some sort of hero is a bit misguided."
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