- Liz Cheney Say She will “do everything in my power” to make sure Trump is not a 2024 presidential candidate.
- Speaking at the Texas Tribune Festivalshe said if Trump were the Republican nominee, she “wouldn’t be a Republican.”
- The recently elected Jan. 6 committee vice chair has historically voted conservative.
speak at Texas Tribune Festival, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said she would abandon her party if Trump becomes the next Republican presidential nominee.
“I’m going to make sure Donald Trump — I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney told Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith in an hour-long interview.
“If he was the nominee, I wouldn’t be a Republican,” she added.
Cheney is the second-generation leader of the Republican Party, and the legacy of her father Dick Cheney, who served as vice president under Republican President George W. Bush, is traditionally conservative.
The Jan. 6 committee vice chair has long made it clear that she is separated from her party’s support for former President Trump, even though she largely supports his policies. Newsweek reported that Cheney had voted with Trump 93 percent of her time in office, but the two had a public spat over her refusal to support him personally.
“Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump,” Cheney said in the interview.
The most recent leading representative has been a key Republican House member investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. A political strategist told Insider that her campaign defeat could embolden Cheney in her actions against the former president, as she no longer has to campaign for a Republican audience that still largely supports Trump.
Representatives for Cheney did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.