Obama slams Republicans for not standing up against Trump’s ‘falsehoods’ and blames GOP for Capitol riot

BARACK Obama slammed Republican lawmakers for not standing up against Donald Trump's "falsehoods" that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

The former president blamed GOP leaders for the January 6 Capitol insurrection as he admitted he was concerned about the state of democracy in the US.

Donald Trump continues to repeat baseless allegations that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

Obama said he had expected more from those within the GOP ranks to stand up to Trump following the Capitol insurrection.

Five people were killed as Trump supporters stormed the legislature in a bid to stop Congress certifying Joe Biden's election victory

The former president told CNN on Monday that some Republicans had been "cowed into positions" that they wouldn't have accepted five to ten years ago.

He said: "I didn’t expect that there would be so few people who would say, ‘Well, I don’t mind losing my office because this is too important. America is too important."

Obama praised Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for defying Trump as he didn't overturn Biden's victory in the battleground state.

In his memoirs, the former president claimed how his election victory changed the identity of the GOP.

Obama said it began when his 2008 opponent John McCain selected his running mate Sarah Palin.

In his book, the former president said: "Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party… were finding their way to center stage."

Obama's comments come after GOP congresswoman Liz Cheney branded the Capitol insurrection as the "most dangerous thing" a president has done as she criticized House Republicans.

She described the riots as the "most egregious violation" of a presidential oath.

The congresswoman also slammed House Republicans who visited Trump at his luxurious Mar-a-Lago resort in the subsequent weeks.

Cheney told CNN's David Axelrod: "I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history.”

She said: "And so the idea that a few weeks after he did that, the leader of the Republicans in the House would be at Mar-a-Lago, essentially, you know, pleading with him to somehow come back into the fold, or whatever it was he was doing, to me was inexcusable."

Cheney was one of 35 House Republicans who voted for the commission to probe the January 6 attack.

Trump hit back in a statement, saying: "See, 35 wayward Republicans—they just can’t help themselves.

"We have much better policy and are much better for the Country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don’t. (sic)"

He added: "They don’t have the Romney’s, Little Ben Sasse’s, and Cheney’s of the world.

"Unfortunately, we do. Sometimes there are consequences to being ineffective and weak. The voters understand!"

The congresswoman vowed to do everything in her power to stop Trump from returning as president.

She told reporters: "I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.

"We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution."

Cheney has repeatedly warned that Republicans continued support of Trump could lead to the party’s destruction as she called on lawmakers to "save" the GOP.

Trump has previously teased the idea of another run for the White House in 2024 but said a decision will probably be made after the midterms.

He told GOP members at the Republican North Carolina state convention on Saturday that the party is "going to take back our country".

Before taking to the stage, Trump vowed to take back the White House and the Senate "sooner than you think" in a video posted ahead of his comeback speech.

He said: "We’re gonna take back the Senate, take back the House, we’re gonna take back the White House… and sooner than you think.

"It’s going to be really something special but the love and the affection and the respect that you’ve given all of us, it’s really important."

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