For months after the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump and his enablers repeatedly lied that victory was "stolen" from him by Democrats committing widespread election fraud.
Trump continued to broadcast these lies at every turn, even after his lawsuits were dismissed and recounts in swing state districts further reiterated his loss.
After this tidal wave of disinformation culminated in a mob of pro-Trump extremists storming the United States Capitol in a deadly failed insurrection, Trump finally acknowledged that his time in the White House would end on January 20. He stopped short of noting that the election was legitimate and that he lost.
Trump's election delusions have come to be known as "the big lie," a term coined by Hitler to describe so blatant and shameless that it's often believed, because no one "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." Media outlets like the New York Times, along with the House impeachment managers during Trump's second impeachment trial, helped cement the use of "The Big Lie" to sum up Trump's election conspiracy.
But in a recent statement, Trump absurdly claimed that Biden's election victory was the real "big lie," writing:
"The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!"
The ridiculous statement was predictably dismissed by prominent Democrats, but even some Republicans pushed back against the harmful fantasy.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), who condemned Trump in no uncertain terms following the insurrection and was one of only 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of his second impeachment, refuted the former President's claim on Twitter.
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their bac… https://t.co/kMmjACP0xg— Liz Cheney (@Liz Cheney) 1620052062.0
Cheney's tweet comes just days after she shot down criticisms for fist-bumping Biden ahead of his recent address to a joint session of Congress, and months after she faced opposition from her Republican colleagues and the Wyoming GOP for putting the responsibility of the riots on Trump.
Despite Cheney's continued Republican agenda, people appreciated her willingness to push back on Trump's lies.
This is the message we should be hearing from every member of Congress https://t.co/m0aEM8ipRu— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics) 1620061811.0
Astounding that stating this fact is controversial among some GOP lawmakers and MAGA media. https://t.co/cS2BkJGrUl— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1620055353.0
One way to judge the peril of the times, is the controversial statements that are treated as normal. The other, is… https://t.co/rFu1z2oHLw— John Dickerson (@John Dickerson) 1620055143.0
Time for Liz Cheney and other reality based Republicans to exit the House Republican Caucus. Kevin McCarthy and t… https://t.co/YXEL7oHALC— Chris Hahn (@Chris Hahn) 1620059016.0
This is 100% true and many people in power who know better are exploiting Republicans voters to boost *their* own p… https://t.co/drF0wfljbG— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1620053106.0
Telling the truth matters. Thank you for your leadership, @Liz_Cheney. https://t.co/AcmumZsDAI— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1620052606.0
As usual, she saw backlash from Trump's Republican supporters.
Wyoming, let's get this RINO out! Liz Cheney is a poison to our democracy! 🧐 https://t.co/mugLQiW2LD— 🇺🇸 American Sweet Tea 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸 American Sweet Tea 🇺🇸) 1620056556.0
stfu. you RINO! https://t.co/mqKxSpgLbp— Cowboy Silverback @Luke4477 (@Cowboy Silverback @Luke4477) 1620056386.0
A recent poll found that over half of Republicans falsely believe the election was stolen.