When famous alumni return to their alma mater to give a commencement speech, they usually get cheered and lauded, but former House Republican leader Liz Cheney did not have that experience recently when she went to Colorado College on Sunday.
Instead of cheers, audience members booed Cheney and turned their chairs away from her to show their displeasure.
“After the 2020 election and the attack of January 6th, my fellow Republicans wanted me to lie. They wanted me to say the 2020 election was stolen, the attack of January 6th wasn’t a big deal, and Donald Trump wasn’t dangerous,” Cheney told the audience.
“I had to choose between lying and losing my position in House leadership,” she said.
Cheney actually went much further than "refusing to lie" about the 2020 election. She out-and-out attacked former President Donald Trump on a daily basis, which earned her a ticket out of the House, where she was third in charge in the Republican caucus at the time.
Her "aw shucks!" comments were not any better received by the Colorado College graduates, who saw right through her disingenuousness.
“Why listen to a racist, imperialist, transphobic, war monger?? Your hate is loud,” one graduate's cap read.
Many saw her actions as a betrayal of her party, and she is now looked at as an enemy by the majority of the party.
Cheney is now a professor at the University of Virginia after losing her Wyoming primary by 40 points.
Her transition to academia, dominated by the far-left, has not helped public perception of her as a traitor.
Cheney was not the only Republican to suggest that there was no there, there about election fraud, but others, like former Vice President Mike Pence, did so without attacking Trump or casting him as worthy of impeachment.
Before she lost the primary, the Republican conference removed her from her leadership position in 2021 over her anti-Trump sentiments.
While Cheney and other anti-Trumpers see her as brave for "standing up" to Trump, most of her party sees her as so consumed with irrational hatred of Trump that she tanked her own career.
Surely there was a smarter way to go about this.