After her resounding defeat in Wyoming’s primary this week, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) publicly embarrassed several of her congressional colleagues—and possible electoral rivals—arguing that their particular brand of election denialism will be their undoing.
She told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on This Week that candidates like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz “know better, both of whom know exactly what the function of Congress is, in terms of our constitutional duty with respect to presidential elections.” “However, in the wake of the most recent election, both of whom did actions that fundamentally undermined the constitutional order and structure. Therefore, in my opinion, both of them have rendered themselves unworthy for further office.
Hawley and Cruz were two representatives of a larger group of Republicans who demanded Cheney lose her primary, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The two might possibly oppose each other for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, a position Cheney has said she was seriously considering.
She was blunt in her criticism of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who she perceived as Donald Trump’s main rival for the nomination. DeSantis is currently running a campaign for election skeptics, she claimed. And I believe it is something that people need to give serious thought to. Either you really believe in our constitutional system, or you don’t.
Cheney refused to speak about her upcoming ambitions to run for president, claiming that only she would do so. Although the Republican National Committee has mandated devotion to whoever is chosen as the likely nominee in order to participate in a debate, she did not completely rule out the option of running as an independent or for a third party. Cheney has declared that she won’t back Donald Trump in 2024.
She told Karl, “I can see why they wouldn’t want me on a debate platform with Donald Trump. And I doubt Donald Trump is much interested in that, either.
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