Criticized by former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Vivek Ramaswamy for his claims during the GOP presidential debate that Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol was an “inside job.”
“If what he means by ‘inside job’ is a sitting president of the United States launching a coup against the government, with members of the House of Representatives helping him … that’s true,” he said Thursday on “CBS Mornings.”
He was asked to respond to Ramaswamy’s heated remarks in the debate on Wednesday where he made a series of unproven claims about the January 6 attack and the 2020 elections.
“The real enemy is not Donald Trump. It’s not even Joe Biden. It’s the deep state that Donald Trump is at least trying to do,” Ramaswamy said Wednesday. “And if you want someone to speak to truth to power, then vote for the one who will tell you the truth. Why am I the only person on stage who can say that January 6th now looks like it’s an inside job? “
He went on to claim that the 2020 election was “really stolen by Big Tech” and the 2016 election was “stolen from [Trump] through the national security establishment.”
Cheney compared Ramaswamy’s remarks to “Area 51 conspiracy theory garbage” in an interview Thursday. He said that Ramaswamy is “the dream of the Chinese Community Party” and “of the Russian government.”
“What he does and says and the extent to which he serves as a truly destructive force is something that our enemies enjoy,” he said.
Cheney, who serves as vice chairman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots, appeared to discuss Wednesday night’s GOP debate and his new memoir, “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and Warning.” He was on a media tour last week to promote a new book and has frequently criticized former President Trump and the Republican Party.
Wednesday’s debate in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is hosted by NewsNation. The cable news channel is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also owns The Hill.
The Hill has reached out to Ramaswamy’s campaign for comment.
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