When former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) lost a primary race against current Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY) last year, she vowed that it would not be the last time Americans would be subjected to her political ramblings.
While there was some discussion of a possible White House bid, such a plan has not materialized for the increasingly unpopular Republican who emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump.
Nevertheless, she has stayed true to her word that she would continue railing against Trump and the majority of her own party — a party she promised to renounce if Trump secures the 2024 presidential nomination as he is currently on track to do.
During a recent CBS News interview, she sounded off on what she believes it means to be a conservative, prompted by a leading question from anchor John Dickerson.
“You once said that nobody could challenge your conservative credentials,” he began. “What if being conservative today is defined by one thing: your support for Donald Trump?”
Cheney insisted that she is somehow uniquely qualified to define the term, asserting: “I think that the most conservative of all conservative values is fidelity to the Constitution. So there certainly are people today who are caught in this cult of personality, but that’s the opposite of conservative.”
She went on to claim that it would be “inconsistent” for any Republican lawmaker who took an oath to defend the Constitution to also support Trump’s candidacy.
“So they are breaking their oath by saying they would like him to be the next president?” Dickerson clarified.
“In my view, fundamentally, there is a choice,” Cheney replied. “You can’t be for Donald Trump and for the Constitution. You have to choose.”
Taking her disdain for Trump and his supporters even further, she indicated that she would prefer to see the Democratic Party regain control of the House of Representatives next year.
“We are facing a situation with respect to the 2024 election where it’s an existential crisis and we have to ensure that we don’t have a situation where an election that might be thrown into the House of Representatives is overseen by a Republican majority,” she said.
Cheney is not the only anti-Trump Republican who has expressed a willingness to join forces with Democrats in opposition to the 2024 GOP primary front-runner.
Romney, who got destroyed in 2012 says he’d support any of the Republicans except Trump and Vivek, or he would vote Democrat.
Dear DeSantis supporters, if Trump and DeSantis’ policies are the same as you claim, why would mega RINO Mitt support Ron?
— JoMa (@joma_gc) November 25, 2023
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) recently confirmed that he would rather support a Democrat in the next presidential election than either Trump or Vivek Ramaswamy, a candidate who shares much of the former president’s platform.