During an interview on PBS conducted on Tuesday (November 1), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.), describing her as a “tremendous leader.”
Speaking to PBS’s Judy Woodruff at the City Club in Cleveland, Cheney said, “I want to say a word about Speaker Pelosi.”
“Everyone knows she is a liberal from San Francisco, I am a conservative from Wyoming. There are many, many issues, maybe most issues, on which we disagree. But I think that she is a tremendous leader,” Cheney continued.
The Wyoming Republican asserted, “I’ve watched her up close. She is a leader of historic consequence.”
Cheney also relayed how Pelosi had developed the January 6 Select Committee as a display of “her commitment to the truth.”
The outgoing lawmaker then called on both parties to stop demonizing the other, elaborating that Republicans have “demonized” figures like Pelosi and Democrats have “demonized” figures like Cheney’s father — former Vice President Dick Cheney.
When asked what should be done to end political violence, Cheney responded by suggesting individuals, including her fellow Republicans, should speak out against such violence. Cheney said, “You cannot give power to people who are willing to excuse what happened, and I think it comes down to individual responsibility.”
Woodruff also asked Cheney whether a Republican victory in the House of Representatives would be a “validation of Donald Trump?”
In response, Cheney claimed the upcoming midterms was a “fundamental fight for the soul of our country and not just the soul of the Republican Party,” explaining that current GOP House leadership — if it won the House majority — would “give authority and power to some of the most radical members of the conference.”
She expressed her belief that such an outcome is not “good for the country,” adding, “I’m confident that Donald Trump and those who would thwart our Democratic process will not prevail and I am going to do everything I can to make sure that is the case.”