Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has tried to claim that she’s still a Republican despite her obsession with taking down President Donald Trump and seemingly any Republican who dares to support him.
But the voters in Wyoming saw right through her and voted her out in a landslide primary that she lost by almost 40 points. It wasn’t just that they disagreed with her about President Donald Trump, it was also that she ceased to care about what they cared about, she stopped doing what she was supposed to be doing — representing them and their concerns about inflation and how Biden and the Democrats were making everything worse. She became solely focused on getting Trump.
While at the Texas Tribune event in Austin, she finally admitted what everyone has known for a long time and how far down the rabbit hole she’s gone with that obsession. She said that if the Republicans nominated Trump in 2024, she would no longer be a Republican.
When asked by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith if she would consider running for president toward that end, the Republican congresswoman reiterated she would do everything in her power to prevent the former president from representing her party in the next presidential election.
“I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn’t anywhere close to the Oval Office,” Cheney said during the closing night of The Texas Tribune Festival.
Cheney, who lost to a Republican primary challenger in August but will continue as vice chair of the House Jan. 6 Committee until she leaves office in January, said she continues to identify as a Republican, celebrating the legacy of the likes of Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
But she said she would no longer be a Republican if Trump gets the party’s nomination in 2024.
“I’m going to make sure Donald Trump, make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney said. “And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.”
Cheney claimed that Trump didn’t tell the rioters to go home when he did.
“While leaders in Congress were begging him, ‘Please, tell the mob to go home,’ Donald Trump wouldn’t,” Cheney said. “And just set the politics aside for a minute and think to yourself, ‘What kind of human being does that?’”
Trump told the rioters, “You have to go home now. We have to have peace.” He previously had said that people should act peacefully at his rally, something Cheney also leaves out.
Cheney said, “I think we have to have a Republican Party that can be trusted to fight for” issues such as limited government and strong national security.” But that was Trump and what the Trump-supporting Republicans are fighting for. But instead, she would rather throw in with Democrats who are doing everything they can to throw all those concepts under the bus. She disregards everything that the Democrats did to object to the election of Trump, including her fellow Jan. 6 Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) objecting to counting electors. She disregards everything done by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats to push Russia collusion.
Cheney thinks that her statement is a threat that somehow has meaning. But she gave up on being a Republican a long time ago.