Fresh off of a landslide defeat in the Wyoming GOP primary, Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) revealed her plans to launch a new organization with the goal of keeping Donald Trump from being elected for another term as president. Cheney has also hinted that she is considering throwing her hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential election.
Cheney’s new anti-Trump group, ‘The Great Task,’ draws its name from a phrase in the Gettysburg Address:
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us… that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Jeremy Adler, Cheney’s spokesperson, said, “In coming weeks, Liz will be launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president.”
After losing the GOP primary in Wyoming to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman – receiving less than 29% of the vote – Cheney spoke to her few supporters, saying “Now the real work begins,” and insisted that had she not voted to impeach Trump and joined the January 6 Select Committee, she would have easily secured a victory.
“The great, and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history,” Cheney said, implying that she could go from receiving less than 29% of the vote in Wyoming to running a successful presidential campaign.
BREAKING: Liz Cheney compares herself to Abraham Lincoln pic.twitter.com/nwiLOzf9Aq
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In an interview on Wednesday morning with NBC’s “Today Show,” Cheney was asked about her plans for the 2024 presidential election since she has been heavily hinting at it for some time now. Host Savannah Guthrie asked Cheney directly, “Are you considering running for president yourself?”
Instead of answering, Cheney said she would be spending the next several months completing her work in Congress and on the Jan. 6 committee.
“I’m gonna 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,” Cheney responded.
Speaking about the GOP, Cheney said, “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.”
“But, Congresswoman, you didn’t answer me yes or no,” Guthrie cut in, trying to slow Cheney’s tangent about the GOP and Donald Trump’s influence on it.
Cheney tried to go back to talking about Trump, but Guthrie cut her off and said, “That’s fine if you’re thinking about it, but are you thinking about it? Are you thinking about running for president?”
After a brief pause, Cheney confirmed that it is something she plans to think about in the coming months.
NOW – Liz Cheney says she is thinking about running for president following her resounding primary defeat.pic.twitter.com/0lNeGAsEYo
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