Liz Cheney May Run for President After Republican Primary Defeat

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Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney announced she is considering her own presidential run in an all-out effort to prevent former president Donald Trump from winning another term in the White House. 

Cheney lost her Republican primary race this week, meaning the Wyoming congresswoman will lose her seat in Congress after the midterm elections this year. 

Cheney was defeated by Trump-supported challenger Harriet Hageman, who won by almost 40 points as Wyoming voters completed Trump’s revenge against her for voting to impeach him and then for maintaining a role on the January 6 House Select Committee. 

The Jan. 6 panel, which Cheney is the vice chair of and only one of two Republicans on it, is investigating Trump’s role in the deadly insurrection on the Capitol by his supporters as part of a vain attempt to stain in power after losing to Joe Biden. 

After the results of Cheney’s primary came in, she was asked whether she would consider running for president. 

“It’s something I’m thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” Cheney said. 

Cheney also said that she would do “whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.”  Cheney also planned to set up her own political action committee. 

A spokesperson for Cheney, Jeremy Adler, said that in the coming weeks Cheney will launch an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to the American republic and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Trump campaign for president. 

Cheney today laid out her priorities for the next few months before leaving the House in January.

Beyond “representing the people of Wyoming”, she said: “We have a tremendous amount of work left to do on the January 6 committee. And also, though, I’m going to be making sure that people all around this country understand the stakes of what we’re facing, understand the extent to which we’ve now got one major political party, my party, which has really become a cult of personality.

“We’ve got to get this party back to a place where we’re embracing the values and the principles on which it was founded. And talking about fundamental issues of civics, fundamental issues of what does it mean to be a constitutional republic.”

Cheney said Trump has betrayed Republican voters and has lied to them. The people who support Trump have also lied to Republican voters, and are using their patriotism against them. 

“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat, a risk to our republic, and I think defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats, and independents,” Cheney said. 

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