Cheney at donor retreat says Trump's actions 'a line that cannot be crossed': report

Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy MORE used a recent donor retreat to once again lambast former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE over the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters in which she said his actions were “a line that cannot be crossed.”

She also called Trump's repeated unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, leading to his loss in the 2020 election, a "poison."

“We can't embrace the notion the election is stolen. It's a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy," Cheney reportedly said at a retreat in Georgia on Monday for the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, according to CNN, citing two people in the room.

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"We can't whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump's big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6 is a line that cannot be crossed,” Cheney added.

Cheney made the comments during an off-the-record interview with former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTo cut poverty and solve the labor shortage, enhance the Earned Income Tax Credit Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump MORE at the retreat, according to CNN. Ryan had also been a target of Trump's during the 2016 election and until Ryan left Congress in 2019.

Cheney also publicly slammed Trump on Monday morning for his repeated false claims that the election was stolen.

“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,” Cheney wrote on Twitter.

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The tweet was in response to a statement from Trump earlier that morning, in which he said “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!”

Attention in Washington is now fixated on Cheney as she navigates her party, which is becoming increasingly opposed to her anti-Trump stance.

While Cheney easily survived an attempt by Trump allies to oust her from her House leadership position for voting to impeach Trump, some GOP colleagues who rallied to her defense are now saying that it’s only a matter of time before she is pushed out of her post.

One GOP lawmaker said circumstances are “at a boiling point.”

Top allies of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPress: Inmates have taken over the asylum 58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (R-Calif.) are vowing to remove Cheney from her position as House Republican Conference chair by the end of the month.

The heightened tension comes after a headline-grabbing week for Cheney.

Cheney said McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates McConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal Top House Democrat says party would lose elections if they were held today: report MORE (R-Ky.) are the leaders of the Republican party, not Donald Trump, and said she is not ruling out a future run for the White House.

Last week, Cheney was captured on video fist-bumping President Biden as he made his way through the House chamber to deliver his first joint address to Congress.