Former President Donald Trump has strongly refuted claims made by former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in her new book regarding his state after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
Contrary to Cheney’s depiction of him as “depressed and not eating,” Trump declared on social media that he was, in fact, “angry and eating too much.”
McCarthy’s post-riot Trump visit; Trump refutes depression claim
Cheney’s book details an alleged conversation with then-Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), where McCarthy is said to have visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago due to Trump’s supposed depression and lack of appetite following the riot.
Trump, however, refuted these claims on his Truth Social platform, asserting that he was not depressed but rather angry, and his eating habits were not diminished but increased.
Trump clarifies McCarthy’s visit purpose, criticizes Cheney in response
In his post, Trump also contended that McCarthy’s visit was not due to his emotional state but was aimed at securing Trump’s support and unifying the Republican Party.
“That’s not why [Kevin] McCarthy was there,” Trump stated. “He was at Mar-a-Lago to get my support and to bring the Republican Party together – Only good intentions.”
Trump took this opportunity to criticize Cheney, one of his most vocal Republican adversaries.
Trump accuses Cheney of evidence tampering in Jan. 6 inquiry
Cheney served as the vice chair of the Jan. 6 select committee and has used her position to highlight what she perceives as Trump’s threat to American democracy.
Trump accused Cheney of collaborating with the Jan. 6 Committee to “delete and destroy evidence and findings,” a claim without any substantiated basis.
Jan. 6 Committee’s extensive report published; Cheney loses reelection
The committee published a comprehensive final report spanning 814 pages, along with additional evidence on a public government site.
Cheney, a staunch opponent of the baseless allegations of a stolen election, lost her bid for reelection in 2022.
Cheney calls for unity after historic congressional election loss
Following her primary defeat, she called for unity among Republicans, Democrats, and independents against forces threatening the republic.
Her loss was one of the most significant for a sitting Congressperson in U.S. history.
Trump’s stance fuels GOP tensions over Jan. 6 and party direction
Trump’s response underscores the ongoing tensions within the Republican Party, especially among those who question his role in the events of Jan. 6 and his influence on the party’s future.
As the leading GOP presidential candidate for 2024, Trump continues to be a central figure in these debates, with his reactions and statements often intensifying the party’s internal conflicts.