WASHINGTON – Fresh out of her Congress primary lossRep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday that she plans to be part of a bipartisan coalition whose goal is to ensure former President Donald Trump never holds office again.
“I believe Donald Trump continues to pose a very serious threat and risk to our republic. And I believe defeating him will require a broad, united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I’m looking for. ‘m planning on participating from,” she said in an exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” show.
She reiterated that she would do “whatever it takes” to prevent Trump from returning to the Oval Office in the next election. Overnight, Cheney formed a new leadership political action committee called “The Great Task,” an aide confirmed to NBC. She deposit with the Federal Election Commission to transfer the remaining money from his federal campaign account to the new PAC. By the end of July, she had more than $7 million in cash, according to FEC documents.
NBC News projected Tuesday night that Cheney, former chairwoman of the House Republican Conference and eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, lost her Republican primary to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.
With 99% of the vote on Wednesday, Hageman edged Cheney by about 37 percentage points.
Cheney said ‘TODAY’ from her home in Jackson, Wyoming that defeating Hageman would have required her to ‘perpetuate the big lie’ that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and Trump won it. .
When asked if she planned to run for president, she initially deflected and argued that the GOP needed to be taken in a different direction. “We now have a great political party, my party, which has really become a cult of personality, and we need to bring that party back to a place where we embrace the values and the principles on which it was founded,” he said. she stated.
Pressed again on whether she was considering running for president, Cheney said: “It’s a decision I’ll be making in the coming months, and I won’t be making any announcements here this morning – but it’s something thing I’m thinking.”
When asked if Democrats should retain control of Congress because of the state of the Republican Party, Cheney suggested that would be preferable to the possibility of election deniers in office.
“The election deniers right now are the Republicans, and I think it doesn’t matter what party you belong to, no one should vote for whoever supports or endorses them,” she said.
Cheney said the GOP is ‘in terrible shape’ and ‘it could take several election cycles’ before it is reformed and detached from Trump and what she said was a personality cult around the former president. She also hit out at the former president for allegedly releasing the names of FBI agents involved in a search of his Mar-a-Lago compound “when he knows our law enforcement is being targeted for violence. “.
“I will absolutely continue this battle,” she said. “It’s the biggest thing that I’ve ever been involved in, and I think it’s certainly the biggest thing, the challenge, that our nation has faced in recent history, and maybe- to be since the Civil War. And that’s the one we have to win.
Vaughn Hillyard contributed.