Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of former President Donald Trump’s fiercest GOP critics in Congress, said Wednesday she plans to run for president, less than a day after massively losing his seat in the Wyoming House of Primary.
“I will do whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office,” Cheney told TODAY, adding that running for president “is something I’m thinking about and will make a decision in the months to come. come”.
The congresswoman won her 2020 primary with 73% of the vote, and Cheney said TODAY it would have been easy to stay on the winning streak.
“But that path would have required me to accept, to embrace, to perpetuate the ‘big lie,’ and I’ve been very clear every moment since January 6 that there are things that need to be at the above politics – that there is no political function more important than the principles we are sworn to uphold,” she said.
She also took direct aim at Trump, as she did for months as vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very serious threat – a risk to our republic – and I believe that defeating him will require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents and that is what I have the intent to participate,” she said.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, invoked Abraham Lincoln in her concession speech Tuesday night, leaving some to wonder if she was hinting at a possible presidential race.
“Our party’s great and original champion, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in the Senate and House elections before winning the most important election of all,” Cheney said. “Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
Cheney lost to his Trump-endorsed opponent, Harriet Hageman, who thanked Trump for his “clear and unwavering support from the very beginning” in her victory speech Tuesday night.
Cheney told TODAY she will spend the next few months completing her work in Congress, including an “enormous amount” of work with the Jan. 6 committee.
“I’m going to make sure people across the country understand the issues we’re facing (and) understand how much we now have a majority political party – my party – that has really become a cult of personality,” a- she said, “We need to bring this party back to a place where we embrace the values and principles on which it was founded.”
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