Liz Cheney refused to rule out the presidential candidacy if it prevented Donald Trump from taking over the White House, saying she would do “whatever it takes” to arrest her fellow Republican.
Cheney, who was ousted from the House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday by her colleagues, in a closed-door vote, has been questioned three times on NBC’s Today show in an interview that aired Thursday if she would run to prevent the return of the former president. .
While not directly saying that she would, she refused to reject the suggestion each time.
Trump’s grip on the Republican Party is “the most important issue we face as a country right now, and we face a vast array of issues, so he must never be near the Oval Office again.” , Cheney said. .
“Right now I’m very committed to making our party back to being a party that stands for the truth and stands for fundamentals that are conservative and mostly uphold the constitution, and I won’t let a former president or anyone else else unravel. democracy, ”she told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
Wyoming House Representative Cheney was removed from her leadership role after voting in February to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan.6 uprising, where a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol American following a speech by him.
She also criticized the former president for his persistent lies that the 2020 election, which he lost, was rigged.
This position has put her at odds with Republicans who refuse to distance themselves from the twice-ousted Trump, who remains a popular figure among a GOP voter base.
Any attempt by Cheney to claim the Republican nomination for the 2024 election would appear to be an extreme shot, given Trump’s enduring appeal to the conservative base. But it would likely reach a level of disruption that could embarrass Trump if the single-term president chooses to run for the GOP nomination again.
“For reasons I don’t understand, my party leaders hugged the president who launched this attack,” Cheney told NBC. “I think you’ve watched over the last few months the former president become more aggressive, more vocal, pushing lies. “
She added, “It’s not about looking back, it’s about the potential current damage in real time that he’s doing, that he continues to do. It is a permanent threat, silence is not an option. “
Cheney said Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, “is not leading in principle right now,” calling her actions to push her out of her “sad and dangerous” No.3 position.
Cheney said McCarthy’s trip to Trump’s house in Mar-a-Lago, Florida to see the outgoing president in the wake of the Capitol riot was “staggering.” I can’t understand why you would want to go and rehabilitate him.
Cheney said her ousting was no surprise, but said she would not quit the party and speculated that several of her colleagues were concerned that a commission on the 6 January would reveal.
In defending their elimination of Cheney, several Republicans have said his attacks on Trump have become a distraction in opposing Joe Biden. Trump, for his part, called Cheney a “bitter and horrible human being.”