Liz Cheney Inches Closer to Running for President Just to Hurt Trump
Less Than a year after losing re-election in the Republican primary by a historic margin- the second highest margin for an incumbent in 60 years, former Representative Liz Cheney appears ready to run for President in 2024.
A video posted by Cheney’s Great Task PAC fueled more speculation that Cheney would run.
The video echoes familiar themes claiming that Trump is a threat to Democracy with a Cheney voiceover, depicting the unrest at the Capitol during the January 6th ‘Stop the Steal’ rally.
“Donald Trump is a risk America can never take again,” Cheney says as she narrates the 60-second ad.
Donald Trump has proven he is unfit for office. He is a risk America can never take again. pic.twitter.com/jAWQ6jsrzZ
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 9, 2023
Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump during his Presidency and was one of only two Republicans who sat on the January 6th Committee, said that Trump’s supposed refusal to guarantee the ‘peaceful transfer of power’ was a ‘dereliction of duty.’
“Donald Trump is the only president in American history who has refused to guarantee the peaceful transfer of power … There has never been a greater dereliction of duty by any president”.
During Cheney’s concession speech after resoundingly losing the 2022 primary, she again lashed out at Trump, saying that she would ensure he ‘is never again near the Oval Office.’
“This fight is not over — it may take many years,” Cheney said. “For anyone wondering about my own future, let me say this: I will do everything in my power to make sure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office.” She said.
Her statement then caused people to speculate that she would run for President in 2024.
Liz Cheney: “I have said that I will do everything in my power to make sure Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again and I mean it”
— Doremus Jessup (@DoremusJ) August 17, 2022
Still, polls that have included her as a candidate have mostly reported subpar results in a primary where Trump has consistently been the leading candidate, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in second place.
In a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday, Cheney got 2 percent support while Trump and DeSantis combined for 79 percent, crowding out the rest of the field.
Since losing her re-election, Cheney wrote a book set to be released soon titled “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning.” She also took a teaching position at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics as a professor.
Cheney has largely lost favor with a party still enamored by Trump, more commonly associating with Democrats in her final year in Congress.
ACT for America Founder Brigitte Gabriel blasted Cheney shortly after her video attacking Trump was released, saying that the former Congresswoman is ‘obsessed’ with Trump and offering her some less than friendly advice.
“Liz Cheney is obsessed with President Trump. It’s not healthy. She should check herself into a mental health institution.” She said.
Liz Cheney is obsessed with President Trump.
It’s not healthy.
She should check herself into a mental health institution.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 9, 2023
Cheney has floated the idea of leaving the Republican Party, going so far as to say that if Trump wins the nomination in 2024, she will leave the party.
“I’m going to make sure Donald Trump, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee. And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican,” Cheney said in September last year.
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