“We live in challenging, challenging, and dangerous times for our democracy,” said Cheney, a University of Colorado graduate student in 1988.
Cheney, a Republican, who lost in re-election to her Wyoming House seat last year, spoke about the January 6 uprising and reiterated her previous criticisms of former President Donald Trump. But she does not comment on her own political future, including the possibility run 2024 for the president.
“After the 2020 election and the January 6 attack, my Republicans want me to lie. They want me to say that the 2020 election was stolen, the January 6 attack was not. must be a big deal and Donald Trump is not dangerous,” Cheney said Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo. “I had to choose between lying and losing my position as leader of the House.”
Cheney emphasized the message of telling the truth, noting a Bible verse engraved on a building on campus that reads, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
She told the graduating class of 2023: “America cannot remain a free country if we give up on the truth. So as you step out to change the world, resolve that You will be on the side of the truth.”
She also urged them to continue to be politically active and defend democratic institutions. Cheney quoted a report from washington articles highlighted a recent recording by Cleta Mitchell, a former Trump adviser. Mitchell, while presenting at a Republican National Committee retreat, said the ease of voting at polling places on college campuses posed a problem.
“Those who are trying to break the foundation of our republic, who are threatening the rule of law and the sanctity of our elections, know that they cannot succeed if you,” Cheney said. vote. “So class of 2023, go out and vote.”
While Cheney’s introduction on stage was mostly welcomed, many graduate students at the liberal arts college chose to counter her remarks by rotating their chairs during the speech. . Announcementthe local newspaper in Colorado Springs, report that about half of the 450 graduates chose to turn away from Cheney.
Cheney’s husband and their two children also graduated from the school.