Outgoing Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach 45th President Donald Trump and has made opposition to Trump her major political issue, now says that she will spend the rest of this campaign cycle working on behalf of Democrats who are opposing pro-Trump candidates.
Speaking to ABC News, Cheney framed her actions as working against “election deniers” – those who doubt or question Joe Biden’s 81 million vote victory in 2020 – and that means working for Democrats.
“I’m going to be very focused on working to ensure that we do everything we can not to elect election deniers,” Cheney told ABC’s “This Week” earlier this weekend.
Again framing Trump supporting candidates as “election deniers,” Cheney declared “We’ve got election deniers that have been nominated for really important positions all across the country” and she’s “going to work against those people. I’m going to work to support their opponents.”
After her primary defeat, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney tells @jonkarl that she will focus on working to keep election deniers out of office.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 21, 2022
Cheney also promised to use her remaining time in office to “educate” people about what happened on January 6, something she’s intimately familiar with from her work on the partisan, anti-Trump January 6 committee.
“I’m also going to spend a lot of time doing everything I can to help educate the American people about what happened,” she told the network, according to National Review.
She then boasted about her work on the January 6 Committee, saying “I think our hearings have been a tremendous contribution” to the cause.
Still, while Cheney appeared to heavily hint at a run for president in 2024 while comparing herself to President Abraham Lincoln in her concession speech, Cheney refused to confirm she would totally abandon her Wyoming voters for greener pastures at the federal level.
“You run for president because you believe you would be the best, the best candidate because you believe you’d be the best president United States,” Cheney said. “I’m not going to go down that path anymore in terms of speculating – today.”
Cheney conducted the interview from the January 6 committee room, further aligning herself with anti-Trump establishment figures.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – one of the most universally unpopular politicians who is still living – suffered a landslide defeat against Trump-endorsed Republican Harriet Hageman earlier this month.
In remarks made in her own victory speech, Hageman credited Cheney’s obsession with Trump for her landslide victory over the establishment Republican.
“She’s not focusing on Wyoming, she’s not focusing on our issues,” Hageman told Fox News. “She’s still focusing on an obsession about President Trump, and the citizens of Wyoming, the voters of Wyoming, sent a very loud message tonight. We have spoken. And that is not what we are interested in, in terms of our lone congressional representative.”
Harriet Hageman: Liz Cheney still obsessing over Trump pic.twitter.com/WShnVERNGz
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 17, 2022
“Wyoming is entitled to have a representative that represents our interests, that listens to us, that addresses our issues,” Hageman explained.
“That isn’t Liz Cheney, and the fact that that’s where she went back to with her speech tonight I think that demonstrates that she really isn’t listening to Wyoming now, she hasn’t for quite some time, and that’s why we needed to replace her.”