By Coy Knobel, Cowboy State Daily
Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from Wyoming could easily have won reelection, but she would have had to compromise her principles to do so, she said in a post-election interview on NBC’s Today Show this week.
Instead of Cheney, Republican voters in Wyoming chose Harriet Hageman overwhelmingly in Tuesday’s Wyoming primary election. Hageman received approximately 113,000 votes to Cheney’s 49,300. The number of Democrats who crossed over to register and vote Republican in the primary was significant, but ultimately made no difference to the outcome of this race.
Hageman takes on Democrat Lynette Gray Bull of Ft. Washakie in the general election. Cheney also moves on.
Losing the congressional election neither dampened Cheney’s spirit nor changed her mission, she said. Cheney said she will finish her job for the people of Wyoming, that she will work to get the GOP back to where Cheney thinks it needs to be, and that she will continue the Jan. 6 Committee’s mission.
And after being repeatedly pressed by Today’s Savannah Guthrie about whether Cheney was going to run for president, Cheney said, “…it’s something I’m thinking about and will make a decision on in the coming months. ”
Cheney told Guthrie that Cheney had won previous elections and that “the road to that same victory would have been very easy. But that path would have required me to accept, embrace, perpetuate the big lie.
The “big lie,” she said, is the belief that the country’s choice of Joe Biden as president in 2020 was not made through a legitimate electoral process. It is to this “lie” and to former President Donald Trump, whom some consider his greatest perpetuator, that Cheney has devoted much of his time and resources to combat. And this fight continues.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. Cheney and three other of those representatives were defeated in the primary elections, according to CBS News. Two came close to re-election in the November general election. Four of the 10 have decided not to run again.
Cheney serves as co-chair of the House January 6 Committee, which continues to investigate the January 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol by protesters.
Cheney also transferred about $7 million from his federal campaign account to his political action committee (PAC), named “The Great Task,” according to a Wednesday report from The Wall Street Journal.
“In the coming weeks, Liz will launch an organization to educate the American people about the current threat to our Republic and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump presidential campaign,” Cheney’s spokesperson said. , Jeremy Adler, in an email to Cowboy. State Daily.
Trump praised Hageman on election night with a post on Truth Social. The same post also criticized Cheney.
“This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke from the political hacks and thugs screening committee. Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted and her words and malicious and judgmental actions toward others,” Trump wrote. “Now she can finally fade into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is in this moment. Thank you WYOMING!”
Guthrie asked Cheney about Trump’s “forgetting” comment. She also asked Cheney if maybe she was trying to channel Star Wars’ Obi-wan Kenobi into becoming more powerful after Cheney’s political death. (Kenobi warned his nemesis Darth Vader that if Vader struck him, Kenobi would become more powerful.)
“I don’t see it as death this morning,” Cheney said. “I think we still have a lot of work to do. And certainly I will absolutely continue this battle. I think it’s the most important thing I’ve ever been part of. … I think that’s definitely the biggest challenge our nation has faced in recent history and maybe since the Civil War and it’s the one we have to win.
Cheney conceded the race, but it was in a different tone than some concessions from past candidates. “Now the real work begins” was the title of his post-election press release.
Cheney’s CAP“The Great Task” is a reference to Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address.
“Our party’s great and original champion, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in the Senate and House elections before winning the most important election of all…” Cheney said on election night. “Lincoln and Grant and everyone who fought in our country’s tragic civil war, including my own great-great-grandfathers, saved our union. Their courage saved freedom. And if we listen carefully, they speak to us from generation to generation.
Cheney said Trump and those who deny the 2020 election results are a grave threat to the nation.
She said there are candidates for governors and secretaries of state who may not certify elections when they don’t like the results, “And we have candidates for Congress, including here in Wyoming, who refuse to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. and suggest states decertify their results.
“Our nation is once again heading towards crisis, anarchy and violence. No American should support election deniers for a position of real responsibility where their refusal to follow the rule of law will corrupt our future,” Cheney said on election night.
Cheney said today’s GOP is in bad shape and has become a cult of personality formed around Trump. She said she was determined to bring the party back to the values and principles on which it was founded.
“I’ve said since January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again, and I mean it,” Cheney said.