Liz Cheney Calls Out Speaker Johnson’s ‘Cowardice’ in Aligning with Trump Over Russia

In a riveting conversation on CNN, Liz Cheney, the former Republican Representative from Wyoming, did not hold back her criticism of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) for his adherence to Donald Trump’s approach towards Russia. This critique comes in the wake of Alexei Navalny’s death, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, underscoring the urgency of U.S. action and support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict with Russia.

Cheney underscored the critical need for the U.S. to expedite the aid package destined for Ukraine, which is vital for the country’s defense against Putin’s forces. The responsibility, Cheney argues, falls squarely on Speaker Mike Johnson. According to Cheney, Johnson possesses the unique authority to facilitate this crucial support for Ukraine. However, his actions—or lack thereof—have sparked controversy and concern.

Cheney highlighted Johnson’s self-comparison to Moses, as per his assertion that divine intervention has designated him for a leadership role akin to the biblical figure. Cheney provocatively suggested that now is the time for Johnson to fulfill this role, not by following Trump’s directives but by championing the cause of freedom and democracy in Ukraine.

Jake Tapper, the CNN host, raised the possibility of Republican backlash against Johnson should he decide to push forward with the funding for Ukraine. This scenario puts Johnson in a position where he must choose between aligning with Trump’s policies, which have often been criticized for being too lenient on Putin or taking a stand for what Cheney describes as “the cause of freedom.”

Cheney’s parting thoughts were a stark reminder of the long-term implications of Johnson’s decisions. She challenged him to consider the legacy he wishes to leave behind: one of courage and principled action in support of global democracy, or one marred by “cowardice” and subservience to Trump and Putin’s preferences.

This dialogue highlights the deep divisions within the Republican Party, especially regarding foreign policy and the U.S. stance on Russia. Cheney’s outspoken critique of Johnson reflects broader concerns about the party’s direction and its commitment to upholding democratic values, both at home and abroad. As the debate over Ukraine aid continues, the choices made by Republican leaders like Johnson could have profound consequences for the party’s identity and America’s role on the world stage.