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Liz Cheney Slams Stefanik Over ‘Hostage’ Reference to Jan 6 Convicts

Republican Representative Elise Stefanik’s recent use of the word “hostages” to describe convicted Jan 6 criminals has sparked strong criticism from former Republican Representative Liz Cheney. The exchange highlights ongoing divisions within the Republican Party regarding the events of January 6th and their aftermath.

Stefanik’s Controversial Remark

Elise Stefanik’s reference to Jan 6 convicts as “hostages” raised eyebrows and prompted backlash from various quarters.

Trump’s Influence on the Choice of Words

Stefanik’s use of the term “hostages” appeared to echo former President Donald Trump’s recent speech, where he called for the release of the “J6 hostages” on the third anniversary of the January 6th riots.

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The Legal Fallout from Jan 6

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Over 1,200 individuals have faced charges related to the January 6th riots, with approximately 730 having pleaded guilty to various offenses stemming from the events at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump’s Plea to Release “J6 Hostages”

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Former President Trump called upon President Joe Biden to “release the J6 hostages,” suggesting that they have “suffered enough.”

QAnon Shaman’s Dietary Preferences

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One notable Jan 6 participant known as the QAnon Shaman successfully convinced a judge that he should receive organic food while serving his sentence, raising questions about the justice system’s fairness.

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Criticism from Civil Rights Icon Al Sharpton

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Reverend Al Sharpton sharply criticized the preferential treatment given to the QAnon Shaman, highlighting the disparities within the criminal justice and detention systems. Food quality for inmates has also been a long-standing concern.

Cheney’s Reaction to Stefanik’s Remark

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Liz Cheney expressed her outrage over Elise Stefanik’s use of the term “hostages” on CBS News, asserting that it was an intentional echo of Trump’s language and calling it “outrageous and disgusting.”

Cheney Highlights Convictions Linked to Violence

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Cheney argued that those incarcerated in connection to January 6th were primarily involved in violence against police officers during the assault on the Capitol, emphasizing the severity of their actions.

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Jan 6 Assault and Injured Officers

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The Department of Justice estimates that at least 140 officers were injured during the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol, further underscoring the seriousness of the events.

Cheney’s Rebuke of Trump

Liz Cheney continued her critique, describing Donald Trump’s statements as “disgraceful” and chastising those who seek to enable him or further their political careers by repeating his rhetoric.

Stefanik’s Previous Statement

In response to the controversy, Elise Stefanik pointed to her earlier statement condemning the violence and destruction at the U.S. Capitol while expressing gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police for their bravery on that day.

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Cheney’s Strong Stance on Party Values

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Liz Cheney emphasized the inconsistency of referring to Jan 6 convicts as “hostages” while claiming membership in a party that values the rule of law and supports law enforcement. She characterized it as “disgraceful.”

Cheney’s Role in Jan 6 Select Committee

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Liz Cheney played a pivotal role as the vice-chair of the House Jan 6 select committee. The committee’s exhaustive report, spanning over 800 pages, concluded that Trump was culpable for inciting an insurrection and recommended multiple criminal charges against him.

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