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Liz Cheney's memoir slams GOP leaders, says Trump 'most dangerous man ever' in White House

Cheney reveals private conversations she reportedly had with McCarthy as well as other GOP lawmakers in the book.

Published: November 29, 2023 10:03am

Former Rep. Liz Cheney slammed Republican Party leaders and former President Donald Trump in her new memoir, according to excerpts published Wednesday ahead of the book's scheduled release next week. 

Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who overwhelmingly lost her state's 2022 GOP primary to Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman, said her former colleagues and party leaders were "enablers and collaborators," who were "willing to violate their oath to the Constitution out of political expediency and loyalty to Donald Trump" following the 2020 election, according to an excerpt from CNN

In the memoir, "Oath and Honor," which is set to be released Dec. 5, Cheney also calls Trump "the most dangerous man ever to inhabit the Oval Office."

In a blow to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Cheney said the California Republican told her two days after the 2020 election that Trump had told him that he knew he had lost the race.

"He knows it’s over," McCarthy reportedly told Cheney about Trump, per the book. "He needs to go through all the stages of grief."

That same day, McCarthy appeared on Fox News and said that Trump won the election, per the book, and Cheney wrote: "McCarthy knew that what he was saying was not true."

She also said that three weeks after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, McCarthy told her that he went to visit Trump in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, because he was so "depressed" that he was "not eating."

McCarthy and Trump are far from the only GOP politicians she reveals intimate details about. Other Republican lawmakers mentioned in the book include House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, Ohio Rep. Mike Turner and Tennessee Rep. Mark Green.

Cheney had served as House Republican Conference chair, the third-highest House GOP leadership position, until 2021, when she was removed from the position following her vote to impeach Trump over the Capitol riot.

Since leaving Congress, Cheney has remained an active influence in politics by hinting that she could run for the White House in the future and attacking Trump in the media.

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