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USA Today editorial says Republican party is bigger threat than 9/11 hijackers after January 6th riots

After the ouster of Representative Liz Cheney from Republican House leadership, USA Today editorial stated the party is a bigger threat than the 9/11 hijackers.

“The removal of Cheney from her leadership position suggests that the GOP has endorsed election fraud conspiracy theories,” wrote USA Today editor David Mastio on Thursday. “Endorsing such conspiracy theories, which allege that Joe Biden didn’t actually win the election, poses a bigger threat to the U.S. than 9/11 hijackers ever did.” Cheney was an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump and his claim that the 2020 election was stolen through fraud. The Wyoming Republican party voted to censure Cheney after her criticism. House Republicans later voted to oust Cheney from the third highest leadership position in the House GOP. Representative Elise Stefanick was elected as Cheney’s replacement on Friday.

Mastio argued that the Jan. 6 riot was violent, politically motivated and could’ve caused much more bloodshed than it did and because Republicans have decided to double down on the “Big Lie,” or the idea that the election was stolen, they are enabling additional violence, according to Mastio. Although the 9/11 terror attacks resulted in over 3,000 civilian deaths, Mastio still believes the claim of election fraud is more dangerous. “Yes, 9/11 cost many more lives than Jan. 6 has so far, but comparing the two attacks is reasonable because the ‘Big Lie’ is more dangerous to our way of life than the 2001 terrorists’ medieval ideology ever was,” Mastio wrote.

ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS

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