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Liz Cheney is given JFK's 'Profile in Courage' award alongside Zelensky

The John F Kennedy Library Foundation says Liz Cheney was awarded because she

Republican Representative Liz Cheney and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are among five people named Thursday as recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for acting to protect democracy.

Cheney was chosen for the way she broke with her party to defend the constitution, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation said in its announcement. Zelensky was chosen for his leadership of the Ukrainian people during the Russian invasion.

The other honorees are Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Fulton County, Georgia election worker Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss.

The foundation said four US officials were chosen for advocating for free and fair elections as the system is challenged like never before.

Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the awards May 22 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. The award was created by the late president’s family to honor public figures who risk their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good, and is named after Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage “.

The John F Kennedy Library Foundation says Liz Cheney was awarded because she

The John F Kennedy Library Foundation said Liz Cheney was awarded because she “broken with most of her party, urged fidelity to the Constitution, and stood her ground with honor and conviction”, and that she remained a “coherent and courageous voice in defense”. of democracy.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is honored for his leadership of the Ukrainian people during the Russian invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is honored for his leadership of the Ukrainian people during the Russian invasion

Zelensky was chosen because of how he “brought together the spirit, patriotism and tireless sacrifice of the Ukrainian people in a fight to the death for their country” as Russia surges in troops and attacks cities and towns. villages, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation said.

“There is no greater issue facing our country and the world today than the fight for democracy,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The war in Ukraine has shown the world that we cannot take freedom for granted, and the courage of our elected officials in the United States reminds us that as citizens, we each have a responsibility to protect our democracy and ‘exercise our fundamental right to vote’. .’

Cheney chaired the Republican House Conference before being ousted from her post last year due to her relentless criticism of former President Donald Trump and statements blaming him for the violence at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The foundation said Cheney “severed with most members of her party, urged loyalty to the Constitution, and stood firm with honor and conviction”, and remained a “cohesive and courageous voice for the defense of democracy”.

Cheney received the award the same day the audio surfaced when she asked House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy if Trump would step down from the presidency due to his actions on Jan. 6.

McCarthy told fellow GOP lawmakers shortly after the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol uprising that he would urge Trump to step down, according to audio played on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show.

In the recording of a House Republican leadership call on Jan. 10, McCarthy is heard discussing the Democratic effort to remove Trump from office and saying he would say to Trump, “I think that will pass and I would recommend that he resign.”

In the same conversation, McCarthy told his colleagues he doubted Trump would follow the advice to step down.

“That would be my recommendation,” McCarthy said in response to a question from Cheney.

Cheney’s office said the lawmaker did not disclose the tapes, which became public after McCarthy denied saying he would urge Trump to resign. Audio showed that was what he said.

Audio of a phone conversation shows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy planned to ask former President Donald Trump to step down following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill

Audio of a phone conversation shows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy planned to ask former President Donald Trump to step down following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers

Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State

Arizona House President Rusty Bowers (left) and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (right) also received the Profile in Courage award

Fulton County, Georgia, Election Worker Wandrea 'Shaye' Moss is honored for her work in the 2020 election

Fulton County, Georgia, Election Worker Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss is honored for her work in the 2020 election

Past recipients of the Profile in Courage award include Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, John McCain, John Lewis and Nelson Mandela.

Michigan was one of the battleground states where Trump allies demanded a closer look at the 2020 election. Benson defended certification of the results.

Protesters showed up at her home one evening in December 2020, angry at what they falsely said was election fraud resulting in Trump’s downfall. The foundation said Benson stood up for the will of Michigan voters, repeatedly refused to relinquish the duties of his office, and continues to speak out against the risks to free and fair elections.

Bowers, a Republican, broke ranks with many members of his party in December 2020 when he rejected a request by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani for the Arizona legislature to step in and replace legally engaged voters for Joe Biden by others who would support Trump.

The foundation said Bowers made a ‘conscious decision’, for which he endured persistent harassment and intimidation tactics from Trump supporters, and he again acted to protect the integrity of the elections in Arizona by stopping a sweeping election bill that would eliminate nearly all forms of early voting and require ballots to be counted by hand, though Republicans are still trying to push through those changes.

Moss has worked for the Fulton County Elections Department since 2012 and oversaw the mail-in ballot operation in the 2020 election.

Trump allies falsely claimed she engaged in voter fraud. The foundation said “despite the onslaught of random, undeserved and malicious attacks”, Moss continues to do the “hard, unseen work to make our democracy work”.

January 10 exchange between Liz Cheney and Kevin McCarthy

CHENEY: I guess there is a question. When we’re talking about the 25th Amendment resolution, and you asked if, you know, what if it happens after he’s gone, is there a chance, do you hear, that he could resign, is there any reason to think that could happen?

MCCARTHY: I have a few discussions. My gut tells me no, I’m seriously considering having this conversation with him tonight. I haven’t spoken to him for a few days. From what I know of him, I mean you know him too, do you think he would ever back down? But, what I think I’m going to do is I’m going to call him. That’s what I think, we know it will pass the House.

I think there’s a chance it will pass through the Senate, even when he’s gone. And I think there are a lot of different ramifications to that. Now, I haven’t had a discussion with the DEMs, that if he resigns, what will happen? Now, it’s a personal fear that I have. I don’t want to get into a conversation about pardoning Pence. Again, the only discussion I would have with him is that I think it will pass. And it will be my recommendation that you should resign. I mean, that would be my point of view. But I don’t think he would accept. But I do not know.

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