Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats stare down 'hell' week MORE (R-Wyo.) on Monday shot back at former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE over his claims that the 2020 election was stolen, accusing those who spread the claim of “poisoning our democratic system.”
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney tweeted. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
Cheney's tweet came in response to a statement earlier Monday morning from Trump, who called President BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE's victory in the November 2020 election "the big lie."
"The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" Trump said in the statement.
The tweet from Cheney was noteworthy nonetheless given the scrutiny she is under within the House Republican Conference, which she chairs, over her criticisms of Trump.
Cheney is one of 10 House Republicans to have voted to impeach Trump for inciting a mob to attack the Capitol and interfere with the counting of the Electoral College results on Jan. 6.
Trump has vowed to endorse any Republican primary candidate who runs against Cheney in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
Shortly after her vote to impeach Trump, the Wyoming GOP voted to censure her and several ardent Trump allies in Congress called for her to be removed from power as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.
Cheney's barbs against Trump have put her at odds with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP campaign arm ties vulnerable Democrats to Biden in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (R-Calif.) and other Trump loyalists in the House.
Just last week at a House policy retreat, Cheney said "elected leaders" like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout MORE (R-Ky.) and McCarthy were the leaders of the GOP in response to a question about who was leading the party.
McCarthy later responded that it would be better for Republicans to focus on other issues.
Some Republican lawmakers made an effort to remove Cheney from leadership after her impeachment vote, and such efforts are expected to be renewed given her more recent criticisms of Trump.