Fox News Cuts Liz Cheney Speech Before These Jan. 6, FBI Raid Remarks

Representative Liz Cheney's concession speech after her primary defeat on Tuesday was cut short on Fox News and host Laura Ingraham began mocking Cheney for the topics of her address.

Cheney, vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, was defeated by her GOP opponent Harriet Hageman, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Cheney spoke around 10:15 p.m. EDT when Hageman had a significant lead. Hageman had 113,025 votes, or 66.3 percent, to Cheney's 49,316 votes, or 28.9 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted, according to the Washington Post.

Ingraham's Fox News show, The Ingraham Angle, played just five minutes of Cheney's 15-minute speech before launching into criticism of her for her campaign and criticisms of Trump.

Cheney was cut off before Fox News viewers could hear her comments about January 6 and the significance of upholding democracy.

She also tied this into the FBI's recent raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago home and dismissed the conspiracy theories surrounding it.

"Never in our nation's 246 years have we seen what we saw on January 6. Like so many Americans, I assumed that the violence and the chaos of that day would have prompted a united response, a recognition that this was a line that must never be crossed," she said.

"A tragic chapter in our nation's history, to be studied by historians to ensure that it can never happen again.

"But instead, major elements of my party still vehemently defend those who caused it. At the heart of the attack on January 6 is a willingness to embrace dangerous conspiracies that attack the very core premise of our nation.

"That lawful elections reviewed by the courts when necessary, and certified by the states and Electoral College, determined who serves as president.

"If we do not condemn the conspiracies and the lies, if we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct, and it will become a feature of all elections. America will never be the same."

Commenting on the conspiracy theories that FBI agents planted evidence against Trump during the raid, Cheney reiterated why she believed Trump was dangerous for America.

"To believe Donald Trump's election lies, you must believe that dozens of federal and state courts who ruled against him, including many judges he appointed, were all corrupted and biased, that all manner of crazy conspiracy theories stole our election from us and that Donald Trump actually remains president today," she said.

"As of last week, you must also believe that 30 career FBI agents, who have spent their lives working to serve our country, abandoned their honor and their oath and went to Mar-a-Lago, not to perform a lawful search or address a national security threat, but instead with a secret plan to plant fake incriminating documents in the boxes they seized. This is yet another insidious lie.

"Donald Trump knows that voicing these conspiracies will provoke violence and threats of violence. This happened on January 6, and it's now happening again.

"It is entirely foreseeable that the violence will escalate further, yet he and others continue purposely to feed the danger. Today, our federal law enforcement is being threatened, a federal judge is being threatened.

"Fresh threats of violence arise everywhere. And despite knowing all of this, Donald Trump recently released the names of the FBI agents involved in the search.

"That was purposeful and malicious. No patriotic American should use these threats or be intimidated by them. Our great nation must not be ruled by a mob provoked over social media."

Since Cheney voted to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot, she has been ousted from her leadership position as the No. 3 House Republican and censured by the National Republican Party. Her primary loss in one of the most-watched races of the mid-term cycle marked an end to her three-term tenure in Congress.

Some experts said, however, that the defeat could help Cheney position herself as an alternative to Trump if she decides to make a presidential run in 2024.

Ingraham's criticism of Cheney was scathing.

"We had a primary, she decided to go after Trump, she thought that was going to deliver her on to a stage of glory and victory and she got thumped," Ingraham said.

"She got thumped in one of the most conservative states in the United States, where the Cheney name was as good as gold for decades."

"And now it is over, but, it has just begun, she said, the fight has just begun."

Newsweek has contacted Fox News and Trump's office for comment.

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Liz Cheney (R-WY) gives a concession speech to supporters during a primary night event on August 16, 2022 in Jackson, Wyoming. Fox News cut Liz Cheney's speech after five minutes in order to criticise her. Alex Wong/Getty