(RepublicanJournal.org) – Like every Congress member, former Republican Representative Liz Cheney (WY) swore an oath to protect and uphold the Constitution. She was a rising star in the party, and her political career took her to the third most powerful position in the House GOP as House Republican Conference Chair. Yet, she lost it all after speaking out against former President Donald Trump. Now, despite her losses, Cheney might be coming for the presidency next.
According to 19FortyFive, Cheney’s commitment to the Constitution and her disdain for Trump could drive her decision. Cheney vowed to do everything she could to ensure former President Trump never again holds the Oval Office. Political writers at 19FortyFive and The Washington Post both suggested Cheney might attempt a run against Trump for the Republican nomination if she believed it could disrupt his campaign and draw away voters.
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Still, Peter Suciu, the author of the 19FortyFive article exploring Cheney’s potential candidacy, noted the former Wyoming lawmaker is politically savvy enough to know her odds of winning have become nearly zero. She lost the primary for her reelection bid in her state by a 37-point spread. Yet, Aaron Blake, a columnist with The Washington Post, pointed out that political moves aren’t always about winning elections.
Cheney spoke out against Trump after the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. She believes the former president’s rhetoric around the 2020 election, in general, and the certification of electoral votes, specifically, incited people to violence. She was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
Her stance and actions earned her a censure from the Wyoming Republican party and the title of RINO (Republican in name only) from Freedom Caucus members, who sought to oust her from party leadership. They eventually succeeded.
Yet, Cheney’s voting record and demonstrated values were classically conservative. As a Congress member, she staunchly supported the military and focused on national security. The lawmaker maintained a pro-business stance, demonstrated conservative values fiscally and socially, and supported gun rights.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tapped Cheney to sit on the January 6 Select Committee, and she became vice chair. Cheney spoke truth to power despite the personal costs. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined her on the committee as the only other Republican. Neither remains in Congress now.
In their analyses, Blake and Suciu both calculated the odds of Cheney running as very low. Still, neither pundit ruled out the possibility.
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