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Rep. Liz Cheney warns GOP “is at a turning point” in whether or not to continue supporting Donald Trump

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) warned that the GOP “is at a turning point” and invoked former President Ronald Reagan on Wednesday while top Republicans loyal to former President Donald Trump moved in to oust her as House Republican Conference chair.

Cheney urged the party to “steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality.” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responded by saying the GOP cannot move forward without former President Donald Trump amid disagreements over his future role in the Republican Party. “I would just say to my Republican colleagues, can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no,” Graham said before bringing up Cheney directly. “I’ve always liked Liz Cheney, but she’s made a determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump,” he continued. “I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.” “If you don’t get that, you’re making the biggest mistake in the history of the Republican Party.”

The South Carolina senator’s sentiments Thursday night echo similar comments he made in March. Speaking with “Axios on HBO,” Graham, one of Trump’s most loyal allies, said that only Trump had the power to turn the Republican Party into whatever form he pleased — or even demolish it. “He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know could make it,” Graham said at the time. “He could make it bigger. He could make it stronger. He could make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.”

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ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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