On Tuesday, longtime Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) lost her primary to Trump-supporting, election-denying, conspiracy theorist Harriet Hageman. In her concession speech, Cheney offered some last thoughts on the reasons she lost her primary and the future of the party after Donald Trump.
As the vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, an attack still supported by some in her own party, Cheney knew that it was unlikely she’d win back voters in Wyoming. Trump won the state by nearly 70 points in 2020. Yet she did what she said was the right thing to do, giving the committee a bipartisan voice along with her colleague, Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
With Cheney’s loss, the idea of other Republicans coming forward, Republicans planning on running again in 2024 or beyond, may be less likely to do the right thing. However, their reputations will be forever tarnished, while Cheney will go down in history as having done the honorable thing when the pressure was on, putting country over party.
Cheney’s next moves are up for debate. Some speculate that she has higher ambitions, including a potential presidential run in 2024. While that remains to be seen, it is sure that any campaign she runs in the future will hinge on her decision to take a stand against the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup.
Twitter, who still let Cheney know they don’t agree with her politically, supported Cheney’s words. Read some of their comments below: