Jake Tapper's Softball for Liz Cheney: How Much Has Kevin McCarthy Failed Democracy?

April 11th, 2022 7:34 AM

On Sunday's State of the Union, CNN host Jake Tapper brought on Rep. Liz Cheney on Ukraine and on her role as "vice chair" of the January 6 committee. Democrats are counting on the committee to save its majority in the midterms, but Cheney gushed "I think that it is the single most collaborative committee on which I have ever served. I'm very proud of the bipartisan way in which we're operating." 

Tapper ended the interview by tossing a softball. Tell us, Liz, how much has House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy failed democracy?

TAPPER: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is in the region. I think he's in Poland. He just issued a statement in support of democracy and the individuals fighting for a free and democratic Ukraine. And I'm just wondering if you feel that there's any disconnect there, given the fact that he has not exactly been supportive of your efforts to get to the bottom of the attempt to overturn the election in the United States.

CHENEY: Well, what I would say is that what's happening today in Ukraine is a reminder that democracy is fragile, that democracy must be defended, and that each one of us in a position to do so has an obligation to do so.

Clearly, I think Leader McCarthy failed to do that, failed to put his oath to the Constitution ahead of his own personal political gains. And I think that, at the end of the day, each one of us is responsible for our own actions and activity. But, if we don't stand for our Constitution, if we don't stand for democracy, if we don't stand for freedom, if we -- if we forget that our oath to our Constitution is an oath to a document, it's not an oath to an individual, we have got to always remember that, or our democracy is in peril.

Tapper is demonstrating again that he favors "CNN's kind of Republican" instead of any Republican who would dare to criticize the partisanship of the 1/6 Committee. If you doubt this committee is designed to help Democrats, see the John Heilemann summary from MSNBC's Deadline White House: 

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