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Trump vilified Liz Cheney explores political future with backing from GOP alumni

The Wyoming MP is clearly exploring her political options and power far beyond her constituency, even though she is not openly speaking about a presidential bid.

“I never had a conversation with her about 2024,” said Eric Edelman, former ambassador, Pentagon official and adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney. “If there was to be a Never Trump candidate, I can’t think of anyone better.”

Eight months after voting to impeach Donald Trump, Cheney continues to be one of the most vocal critics of the former president’s party and its grip on the Republican Party. The three-term House of Representatives also said she would do “whatever it takes” to prevent Trump from becoming president again and has not closed the door on the White House bid itself.

Cheney’s immediate political goal, however, is to retain his House seat from Harriet Hageman, a Trump-backed main challenger. To help, she is assembling the forces of the pre-Trump GOP establishment.

On October 18, former President George W. Bush will participate in a fundraiser for Cheney in Dallas, co-hosted by former US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and senior Bush campaign aides Karl Rove and Karen Hughes.

Former Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan also raised money for Cheney earlier this year. And on top of that, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney have all donated to Cheney through their respective political action committees.

His fundraisers have been impressive for Wyoming General District standards – over $ 1.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 and nearly $ 1.9 million in the second, by far his two best fundraising performances. funds to date.

Cheney’s political calendar is also drawing attention.

On November 9, she will travel to New Hampshire, the site of the first presidential primary, to speak at the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College. The event is sponsored by the Loeb School of Communications, whose president, Joe McQuaid, is also the conservative editor of the Manchester newspaper, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and a Guardian for the Republican hopes of the White House.

All of this comes as Cheney continues to play an increased role in the national conversation, despite being ousted from the House Republican leadership team earlier this year. She is the co-chair of the special House committee to investigate the events of January 6 and is just one of two Republicans on the panel.

In an interview with CBS News’s “60 Minutes” this week, Cheney reiterated his condemnations of Trump, calling his January 6 actions “unforgivable.” She also criticized Republicans, like parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy, for continuing to kiss Trump.

“What he did was hug Donald Trump. And if I did what he does, I would be deeply ashamed of myself,” Cheney said.

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Trump has made eliminating Cheney a top priority, implementing what the MP said “60 minutes” would be “the most important House race in the country in 2022”.

As a number of Republican candidates jumped into the general district primary, Trump announced on September 9 that he would support Hageman, the same day she entered the race.

“I strongly support Wyoming’s Republican House candidate Harriet Hageman, who is running against hawkish and disloyal Republican Liz Cheney,” the former president said in a statement.

A lawyer and former member of the Republican National Committee, Hageman was once a political adviser to Cheney, who responded to the approval on Twitter: “Here’s an audio clip for you: bring it on.”

Since Hageman declared his candidacy, Cheney has exposed his opponent’s past statements and actions against Trump.

A New York Times article documented Hageman’s alliance with Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the 2016 Republican National Convention in an effort to force a floor vote on the nomination. At the time, Hageman called Trump “racist” and “xenophobic,” according to the Times.

But since then, Hageman has sided with Trump. She told CNN’s Alex Rogers that Trump is the “leader of the party” and that “there are legitimate questions about what happened in the 2020 election.”

Cheney argued that such an accommodation only strengthens Trump’s grip on the GOP. She has repeatedly called on her fellow Republicans to tackle Trump’s election lies head-on.

“Those who think that by ignoring Trump he will go, are wrong,” Cheney said on “60 Minutes.”

Charlie Dent, a former Republican congressman and CNN contributor, said he admired Cheney’s position but didn’t know what she would do if she was successful.

“For her, it is clearly not about politics and the next election,” Dent said. “She is clearly focused on a post-Trump future for the party.”


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