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Juan Williams: Will women in the GOP stand with Cheney?

Rep. Liz Cheney is the head of a PAC that aims to prevent Trump from being reelected so he will never become president.

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Karma?

A woman is at the helm of a new political action committee (PAC) with the stated goal of preventing former President Trump from ever holding office again.

Along with other Republican women, Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) is expected to take a bold stance against Trump.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published last week, Bobbie Kilberg, a major GOP fundraiser who has previously assisted Cheney in raising funds, predicted that the congresswoman “will have plenty of money” to fund her fight against Trump within the GOP.

The two most prominent Republican women, Elaine Chao and Betsy DeVos, may back Cheney.

Both of them left Trump’s cabinet in protest of his inciting the riot that occurred on January 6, 2021, when mobs stormed the Capitol building.

Don’t overlook these three conservative and TV-friendly women who are ready to follow Cheney’s lead: businesswoman and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, and Virginia congresswoman Barbara Comstock. All are prepared to take a political hit to expose Trump’s sway over Republicans.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) voted to impeach the president like Cheney and then lost her party’s primary to a Trump-backed opponent. She doesn’t feel bad that she got dinged in the primary for standing up to Trump.

After being defeated, she said, “I always told the truth, stuck to my principles, and did what I knew was best for our country.”

And another woman who defied Trump and is in the fight appears to come out on top: Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator (R-Alaska).

Even though she lives in a red state and was one of only seven Republican senators to vote to convict Trump after his second impeachment, her reelection bid made it through the primaries.

Third, there are the younger ladies.

When former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the House Select Committee investigating January 6 in late June, she caused a sensation. While Alyssa Farah Griffin, Trump’s former director of strategic communications, has become a prominent critic of the president due to her frequent media appearances, former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews testified the following month.

To defeat a woman candidate, Hillary Clinton, six years ago, Trump engaged in sexist rhetoric. On the now-famous “Access Hollywood” tape, he brags about how fame gives you the freedom to “grab [women] by the p-ssy.” He claimed that journalist Megyn Kelly’s tough debate questions were prompted by the fact that she had “blood coming out of her wherever.” He called his former assistant and a Black woman named Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog.”

Not to mention the fact that he nominated three Supreme Court justices who voted to restrict women’s access to abortion in the United States.

It’s time for payback now.

Cheney, as vice chair of the Jan. 6. Committee, will be in the public eye as she rallies her female troops to finish out this Congress.

And this new political action committee she’s starting is reportedly called “The Great Task.” The inspiration for the name comes from Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln famously urged Americans to honor Civil War casualties by being “dedicated to the great task remaining before us” — maintaining U.S. democracy.

Cheney believes she will play a crucial role in defending democracies in the twenty-first century. When she sees men groveling before Trump, she feels disgust.

Both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are targets of her scathing criticism in a new book (R-Ky.).

While Kevin appears to publicly support Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken the “ignore and hope he goes away” approach. As she told Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin for their book “This Will Not Pass,” “and that just doesn’t work.”

Cheney had over $13 million in donations for her unsuccessful primary run against a candidate backed by Trump. As of the month of July’s close, she had roughly $7 million left, which could be put toward a more comprehensive campaign against Trump.

Cheney assured her supporters of her future on election night, saying, “We must be very clear-eyed about the threat we face and about what is required to defeat it.” Since January 6th, I’ve been saying, “I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump is never anywhere near the Oval Office again.”

For the record, I’m a Republican who leans conservative. “I’m proud of the values that our party has stood for,” she declared. “But my country means even more to me.”

According to a poll conducted by The Economist and YouGov last week, women are more likely than men to vote for the Democratic Party in the upcoming midterm elections, by a margin of 14 points. Conservative pundits and savvy GOP strategists have known for a long time that the party’s lack of female voters is a major vulnerability.

Ann Coulter frequently makes the claim that “the Republican would have won in every presidential election since 1950, except [Barry] Goldwater in ’64.”

GOP candidates like Harriet Hageman, the attorney who defeated Cheney in the GOP primary last week, are pro-Trump MAGA firebrands who parrot the Big Lie of 2020 election fraud in an effort to close the gender gap. Arizona’s gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and Michigan’s gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon are two others in a similar vein.

They betrayed their principles for the sake of short-term political gain, and history will remember them for it.

The only hope the Party of Lincoln has of avoiding the fate of Cheney’s “cult,” it can only be saved by strong women who are willing to carry the weight of history.

All decent Republican females should now rise to the defense of their party and country.

They need to take a stand now and show their support for Liz.

Juan Williams writes and works as a political analyst for Fox News.

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