Former Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a 1988 graduate of Colorado College, faced a decidedly frosty reception at her alma mater this Sunday. The Daily Mail recounts a striking scene of a commencement ceremony where graduates showed disdain, even as Cheney imparted her wisdom. Cheney recalled the tumultuous events following the 2020 elections and the January 6th attack on the Capitol in her address. "After the 2020 election and the attack of January 6th, my fellow Republicans wanted me to lie. They wanted me to say the 2020 election was stolen, the attack of January 6th wasn't a big deal, and Donald Trump wasn't dangerous," she admitted to the gathering. She further delved into her difficult choice: "I had to choose between lying and losing my position in House leadership," she said. The crowd's response was a mix of applause and jeers; however, one graduate notably expressed her disagreement with Cheney through a message on her graduation cap: "Why listen to a racist, imperialist, transphobic, war monger?? Your hate is loud," it read. [tweet_embed]May 30, 2023[/tweet_embed] After suffering a staggering 40-point loss in the 2022 Republican primary, Cheney redirected her career towards academia, accepting a professorship at the University of Virginia. This transition came amidst criticisms of Cheney's congressional voting record, which saw her siding with Democrats on critical issues. Democrats later appointed her to the January 6 Committee. The events leading to Cheney's downfall in the Republican House leadership began in the spring of 2021. The GOP House conference dismissed her as chair via a no-confidence vote. Breitbart News reported that Cheney engaged in discreet discussions with Fox News board member Paul Ryan to retain her influential role. Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of the Bulwark, identified this move as Cheney's desperate attempt to hold onto power. During this turbulent period in Cheney's political career, she ultimately contributed to her transition from Capitol Hill to the hallowed halls of academia.