In a display of defiance against the core conservative base, a discredited ex-GOP representative makes a surprise move, hinting at a possible run against the favored presidential nominee, threatening to further divide the party.

Liz Cheney, a former representative from Wyoming who suffered a significant loss in her GOP primary last August, has refused to fade into political obscurity, despite her defeat to a Trump-endorsed Republican challenger.

Her lingering presence has fueled conjecture that she may attempt to challenge Trump, the undoubted favorite for the Republican presidential nomination next year, despite her own unfavorable standing within the party.

This week, an anti-Trump television ad in New Hampshire, an early primary state, has added fuel to these speculations. The ad, funded by Cheney’s organization, Great Task PAC, seems to hint at her potential run for the party’s nomination.

The ad, however, peddles fear and uncertainty, claiming a “risk” associated with a second Trump presidency. This is a baffling assertion, considering the successful implementation of Republican policies during Trump’s tenure compared to the current Biden administration.

Cheney’s narration in the 60-second ad insists, “Donald Trump is a risk America can never take again,” and predictably, it includes footage from the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol incident. Cheney claims Trump to be “the only president in American history who has refused to guarantee the peaceful transfer of power,” adding, “There has never been a greater dereliction of duty by any president.”

Cheney’s position as vice-chair of the Democrat-led Jan. 6 Committee, widely seen as a political weapon against the Republican party, was a contentious move. Her involvement was opposed by the majority of House Republicans. The only other GOP member on the committee, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, was forced into retirement after his reelection chances dwindled.

Cheney’s anti-Trump ad is slated to air in New Hampshire around the time of Trump’s televised town hall at Saint Anselm College, situated just outside Manchester. CNN will broadcast this town hall, moderated by morning show co-host Kaitlin Collins.

After her consistent Trump criticism and vote to impeach him in January 2021, Cheney, who once held the No. 3 Republican position in the House, was ousted from her party leadership role. In 2022, she lost her seat to Trump-supported primary challenger, Harriet Hageman.

Despite her losses, Cheney remains determined to thwart any potential political resurgence by Trump. Following her primary defeat, she declared, “I will do everything in my power to make sure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office.”

Last month, Cheney announced the release of her memoir, “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning,” scheduled for November. Furthermore, she has accepted a teaching role at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

In a recent interview, Cheney continued her attacks on Trump, calling him the “most dangerous domestic threat.” She also left open the possibility of leaving the Republican Party.

Interestingly, Cheney’s relentless anti-Trump stance seems to have marginally increased her popularity, according to a recent poll. Her support doubled following Trump’s indictment, causing a potential shift in the 2024 GOP race. Despite this increase, Cheney remains a distant third behind Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis in the latest Trafalgar Group survey of Republican voters.

Sources: ConservativeBrief, NBC News

One Response

  1. Ron Hopkins

    Loser like her father. She belongs on the View! She’ll fit right in with the other haters of freedom.

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