Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. took to Twitter on Monday to call out her own party for enabling “white nationalism, white supremacy, and antisemitism.”
Amid her anti-Trump rhetoric and moderate conservative beliefs, Cheney’s colleagues called for her to be voted out or for her resignation multiple times. Her recent comments come after the racially motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, on Saturday. Ten people were killed and 13 were injured in a shooting at a grocery store.
The shooter, Peyton Gendron, 18, described himself as a white supremacist and anti-Semite in his manifesto. He published it before streaming the mass shooting on Twitch.
Cheney also called on leaders of the GOP to “renounce and reject” those with white supremacist and antisemitic beliefs.
The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.
Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 16, 2022
Some of her colleagues did not take kindly to her tweet, including far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.
Greene criticized Cheney for complying with Democrats’ “dangerous lies.”
Now the Dems make you tweet their divisive and dangerous lies, all so you can raise money from Democrat donors as you try to cling to your seat.
And you actually comply.
How pathetic. https://t.co/QNKn1KdDrq
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene__ (@RepMTG) May 16, 2022
Other far-right thinkers and politicians took to Twitter to criticize Cheney. Some claimed the Democratic party promotes white supremacy, not Republicans.
Josh Barnett, a GOP candidate for Congress in Arizona, wrote that “Democrats started the KKK” and “supported Jim Crow.”
Wtf are you talking about? Democrats started the KKK, supported Jim Crow, we’re the minority in civil rights votes, and wrote the 94 Crime Bill that imprisoned millions of black men! https://t.co/OUoVkR7bBB
Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-01) (@BarnettforAZ) May 16, 2022
The Buffalo shooting has prompted renewed criticism of inflammatory and controversial comments made by Republican lawmakers. Along with Greene, House Republicans like Paul Gosar, of Arizona, and Elise Stefanik of New York have promoted such rhetoric in the past.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who hosts the highest-rated program on 24-hour cable news, mentioned “the great replacement theory” in over 400 episodes since 2016. Both Gendron and the El Paso shooter posted manifestos promoting the theory.
Meanwhile, Cheney received mixed messages from moderate Republicans and Democrats. Left-leaning and progressive thinkers praised her for calling out white supremacy but also questioned her continued allegiance to the GOP.
Thank you @Liz_Cheney for speaking against what we all know is the single greatest threat to our democracy. We await others who could be found nearly tripping over themselves in other instances, to find a mic and denounce what we’ve witnessed.
We won’t hold our breath… https://t.co/gEHWQufDjo
NAACP (@NAACP) May 16, 2022
But you still consider yourself part of this derelict, violent, unlawful, racist party. Wake me up when she does something more than tweet & maje good speeches. https://t.co/hyA9ClMkQl
Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) May 16, 2022