How do you sound the alarm when people have gotten used to the ringing? That is the challenge for former Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who has had to update even her sense of alarm as Donald Trump’s effort to overthrow the last election has not stopped him from becoming the GOP presidential favorite; as an election denier has become Speaker of the House; and as prominent Republicans have come to embrace election conspiracies as the route to political glory.

After losing her 2022 Republican primary, Cheney traded the U.S. Capitol dome for the Thomas Jefferson-designed Rotunda at the University of Virginia, where she has been lecturing on politics, and writing a new book, “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning” (to be published Tuesday by Little, Brown).

Dickerson asked Cheney if she looks at politics differently today: “Do you say, you know, ‘We spend a lot of time demonizing the other side, which put all of our supporters in the mindset of, You know what? They’re not just wrong, they’re evil‘?”

“Yeah, absolutely,” she replied. “if everything that a political adversary does is met with, you know, an attack that, ‘Oh my God, this is, you know, the worst possible thing you can imagine, this is dire,’ then when you face something that really is dire, like we are facing today with respect to Donald Trump and his efforts to unravel the republic, people become numb to the truth, because they feel, like, Well, we’ve heard that so many times before from politicians.”

“You once used to say that nobody could challenge your conservative credentials. What if being a conservative today is defined by one thing: your support for Donald Trump?”

“Well, I know what conservative means,” Cheney said. “And I think that the most conservative of all conservative values is fidelity to the Constitution. So, you know, there certainly are people today who are caught in this cult of personality. But that’s the opposite of conservative.”

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“Yeah. It is.”