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Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Overnight Health Care: Medicaid enrollment reaches new high | White House gives allocation plan for 55M doses | Schumer backs dental, vision, hearing in Medicare Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare MORE (I-Vt.) called the GOP an ”anti-democratic cult” in a Thursday tweet commenting on Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney hired security after death threats: report Cheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas MORE's (R-Wyo.) almost certain ouster from House Republican leadership next week.

Sanders said Cheney was being ousted for the crime of "acknowledging the reality" that former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE lost the 2020 election to President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE

"The Republican Party is no longer a 'conservative' party. It is an anti-democratic cult pushing the Big Lie and conspiracy theories," wrote Sanders, who ran for president himself in 2020 but was defeated by Biden in the Democratic primary.

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Cheney is going through a public rift with her party after being one of the few Republicans to show criticism toward Trump. Cheney has repeatedly gone after the former president over his various remarks arguing the election was stolen from him.

Trump lost the election to Biden and there has been no evidence of widespread fraud, despite his repeated protests.

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House Republicans, however, have largely become annoyed with Cheney's criticisms of the former president, who remains the driving force behind the party.

Trump released a statement Wednesday calling Cheney a “warmongering fool.”

Cheney is one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the building on Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop the certification of the Electoral College results.