Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who was recently removed as Republican conference chair told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday during an interview that she views her “re-election bid as a referendum on the future of the Republican Party.”
The beleaguered politician contended during the sit-down at the Women, Power and Equity event that Republicans are “potentially facing a choice between what she sees as traditional conservative values and loyalty to former President Donald Trump.” Cheney posits that she represents conservativism but admits that she knows that the upcoming 2022 midterm election will be difficult for her.
The Wyoming lawmaker was booted from GOP leadership in May for repeatedly criticizing and attacking former President Trump. She has been very vocal in her dislike for Trump and has claimed that she regrets voting for him while blaming him for the Capitol riot.
“I had to make a decision about whether or not it was more important to be a member of the House leadership or more important to fight for Wyoming’s values and principles and for the restoration of the party,” she said in an interview at the Star-Tribune offices on Tuesday.
The former president is no fan of Cheney’s either. He celebrated her removal, stating “Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being,”
Cheney “anticipate[s] it’s going to be a hard-fought race,” and that it will garner a lot of national attention which is correct considering her animosity towards Trump which is at odds with the Republican Party.
She went on to remark: “I really do think it’s one that will be a moment where the people of Wyoming can demonstrate to the country our commitment to the Constitution.” Cheney is arrogantly asserting that her reelection is “very important in terms of the future of the party and the future of our republic.”
The Wyoming politico highlighted issues that are important to her state such as “oil and gas leasing on public lands.” Despite her distaste for Trump, Cheney admits she had very few policy-related differences with the former president.
Regardless of that fact, Cheney was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. She justified her move by proclaiming: “It became very clear that staying in leadership would require me to perpetuate the lie about the last election, perpetuate the big lie, perpetuate things that are dangerous.”
Then Cheney stated that she hoped that Republicans would start to rally around traditional conservative issues such as military spending instead of Trump.
When asked about running for the presidency in 2024 with only one percent of Republicans supporting her, Cheney demurred and said she was focused on getting reelected.
According to a Club for Growth PAC in May, Cheney is in trouble when it comes to the midterms. She reportedly has an unfavorable rating of 65 percent and her net rating stands at -36 percent. 52 percent said they would vote for anyone who runs against Cheney. Many would consider that a death knell for her political career.
In that same poll, Trump’s favorability was a whopping 60 percent in Wyoming and he is far more popular than Cheney. The numbers do not look good at all for Cheney’s reelection. She also faces the possibility of eight primary challengers for Wyoming’s sole House seat.
Other polls tell a similar story for Cheney.
Who would you prefer to be the role model for the next generation of Republican Party leaders?
George W. Bush 5%
George H.W. Bush 3%
Liz Cheney 2%
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) May 26, 2021
Wyoming will decide Cheney’s fate but Twitter has already given her a thumbs down:
You really should go home to Wyoming now..
They decide your future..
Their just not into you…
CNN is hiring
— dan capozzi (@dancapozzi1) May 21, 2021
Liz Cheney is delusional if she thinks she wins reelection. The successful Wyoming Republican who defeats her in the primary & eventually replaces her in the House will be more popular than many multiterm incumbents.
— Insomniac (@keith2040) May 27, 2021
#LizCheney is going to get primaried and she is going to lose.
— TrumanDem 🇺🇸🌊🐊🚀 (@TrumanDem) May 27, 2021
She’s a Rino we don’t need her
— RonPescatore (@PescatoreRon) May 27, 2021
Listen to her speak out of the Dem playbook by using the phrase “The Big Lie” regarding the stolen 2020 election. @RepLizCheney: these comments will not age well with your constituents as the truth comes out, which will make your relection chances even dimmer than they are now.
— jaymart3323 (@jaymart3323) May 27, 2021
Totally agree this one needs to go. Demonrats need her votes in the house bc of their razor thin majority. So expect to see big donors dumping lots of $$$ into her campaign. Challengers beware …. Demonrats will have their long knives out
— KittyMama (@MaryHamlin) May 27, 2021
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