Liz Cheney, 56, one of the 10 Republican members of the US House of Representatives who voted against Trump in the second impeachment vote of former President Donald Trump, became the eighth person who will not return to Congress next year.
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has become a symbol of internal opposition in the Republican party by making the harshest criticisms against former President Donald Trump, lost the party’s primary for the House of Representatives in Wyoming against the candidate supported by Trump.
Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the commission investigating the January 6 attack on Congress and one of the few Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment in the Trump impeachment vote, lost the Wyoming primary to Harriet Hegeman, who was backed by Trump, but with her decisive speech after the results, she signaled that she will rival Trump in her party in the 2024 Presidential elections.
In his speech to his voters, Cheney stated that the defeat was a new page in his political career; “The primary is over, but the real work begins now. Our work is not over yet. Since January 6, I have said I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump never comes near the Oval Office again. I mean it.”
“I won two years ago with 73 percent of the vote. I could have won tonight, but that would have required me to support Trump’s election lies. This is a path I would not choose,” Liz Cheney said, adding, “Abraham Lincoln was defeated in the Senate and House of Representatives, but he won the most important election. No office or seat is more important than the principles we swore to uphold.”
In his speech, Cheney emphasized the following:
“If we don’t condemn the conspiracies and lies, if we don’t hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this behavior and it will become a feature of all elections. America will never be the same.”
House of Representatives (Republican Party) Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told the Fox News television channel that the election in Wyoming was “a referendum on the January 6th Committee”.
Cheney, who was recently censured by the Republican National Committee (RNC), was expelled from the leadership of the Republican Party’s central decision-making committee in the House of Representatives last year.