Liz Cheney Says Speaker Johnson Cannot Be Trusted to Defend Constitution

By Jerry McConway, updated on December 11, 2023

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-MT) is now doing the media circuit to promote her new book, attacking Donald Trump every chance she gets.

However, she is now also going after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), levying some fairly damaging accusations at the new Speaker.

Talking Points…

  • Cheney hits Johnson, Republicans
  • McCarthy offers Johnson advice
  • Analysis

Cheney Goes on the Attack

Liz Cheney is doing everything in her power to belittle and discredit the Republican Party, which is pretty rich, coming from the daughter of a man who literally started a war to keep Bush in office.

She is a scorned woman right now, and she is out for revenge, even if it means allowing Biden to stay in the White House for another four years.

In addition to Trump, she is now making it her mission to take out Speaker Johnson because he is an ally of Trump's, having prepared the amicus brief signed by GOP House members to support the election lawsuit that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought.

While appearing on ABC's "This Week," she questioned whether Johnson would uphold the Constitution, stating:

"I've expressed very clearly my view that having Mike Johnson as the speaker, having this Republican majority in charge, you can't count on them to defend the constitution at this moment."

Cheney did not stop here, blasting Johnson on every media outlet that would give her airtime…

McCarthy Offers Advice to Speaker Johnson

McCarthy readily admitted that since he was removed only months into being the Speaker, perhaps he is not the best one to help Johnson navigate these waters.

Having said that, McCarthy still offered Johnson his two cents, stating:

"I think the best advice I can give to him as Speaker of the House – do not govern in the idea that you're afraid somebody's going to make a motion to vacate.

"When I made the decision to pay our troops – to not shut down – I knew they were going to make a move to vacate on me. I didn't even know the Democrats would go along with it."

Analysis

The problem for Johnson is not necessarily the fact that Cheney is gaslighting voters right now, but instead his own actions.

He has gone against several promises already and just ticked even more people off by not addressing security concerns in the latest NDAA legislation regarding the FISA extension.

Johnson's legislation will extend FISA, as is, through April 19, which even got Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to express his disappointment, as he has been leading the charge to reform FISA.

To make matters worse for Johnson, he reportedly met Ukrainian President Zelensky on Tuesday to discuss the stalled negotiations for more aid for Ukraine.

Zelensky will be in town for a meeting with Joe Biden, so Johnson's meeting will piggyback off that, but I am not sure how GOP members of Congress will receive that.

If you recall, back in September, McCarthy rejected a request by Zelensky to address Congress, and Republicans widely celebrated it.

Biden had requested a $111 billion emergency aid package for Ukraine, which was included in a package that also included Israeli aid and money to take care of migrants at the border, but it failed to address border security issues, so the GOP blocked the legislation.

If Democrats were to present legislation that was solely for Ukraine and Israel, the general feeling is that it would fly through Congress.

From my perspective, Democrats did this on purpose so they could gaslight voters on the aid package without actually mentioning the real reason that Republicans blocked the legislation, which was solely because of the border issue.

Biden wasted no time hitting Republicans on this front, accusing them of putting Ukraine at risk of falling to Russia while failing to mention Democrats jammed that border funding in there without proper border security measures that Republicans had requested.

This allowed Biden to accuse Republicans of playing partisan politics when, in fact, this was an orchestrated move by the Democrats solely to create an attack narrative against Republicans. It is Gaslighting 101.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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