- The Washington Times - Monday, May 3, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is trying to turn his critics’ words against them.

“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Mr. Trump said in a one-sentence statement issued Monday.

Mr. Trump‘s critics have coined his repeated insistence the election was rigged as “The Big Lie.”

Rep. Liz Cheney said the allegations that the election was stolen are “poisoning” the national conversation.

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” the Wyoming Republican tweeted Monday. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”

The third-ranking Republican in the House, Ms. Cheney is among the ten Republicans that voted to impeach Mr. Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

She also has said Republicans who helped perpetuate Mr. Trump‘s stolen-election claims should not run for president in 2024.

Mr. Trump has called for Ms. Cheney’s ouster in the GOP primary next year.

Mr. Trump‘s followers, meanwhile, have rallied behind his claims that Mr. Biden’s victory was the result of massive voter fraud and corrupt election workers.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll last month found 60% of Republicans believe Mr. Trump‘s allegations. 

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