Liz Cheney vows to overthrow Republicans who support Trump’s ‘big lie’

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) intends to use her new political organization to fight campaigns by Republicans who support former President Donald Trump and his baseless claims around the 2020 election, Cheney told ABC “This Week” in a broadcast interview. Sunday.

Driving the news: Cheney on Wednesday established a new leadership PAC titled “The Great Task,” The Washington Post reported.

The big picture: Cheney said she has “no regrets” that her opposition to Trump and her claims around the election led to the loss of her House seat.

  • “For me, there was never a question about the right way to operate here and the right thing to do,” Cheney said.
  • Her loss, she said, shows people continue to believe Trump’s lies around the election, calling it “very dangerous.”
  • “I think that also tells you that a lot of our party, including our party leadership, both at the state level in Wyoming and nationally with the RNC, is very sick.”

What they say : “We really have to decide whether or not we are going to be a party based on substance and politics or whether we are going to remain, as so many members of our party are today, in the grip of a dangerous former president. , “said Cheney.

  • Cheney said his new political organization will work to ensure “election deniers” are not elected to Congress and will work to support opponents of those candidates.
  • Cheney said she does not believe House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) should be the next Speaker of the House, noting that McCarthy had been “completely unfaithful to the Constitution.”
  • “Donald Trump is certainly the center of the threat, but election denial, denying the fundamental function and principle, at the center of our constitutional republic, is dangerous in a broad sense. And he is certainly leading that effort and leading that movement.”

Question from host Jonathan Karl whatever, if Trump isn’t the Republican nominee in 2024 but rather someone closely associated with him — like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis (R) – Cheney said it would be “very difficult” to support any of them.

  • “A fundamental question for me in determining whether or not someone is fit to be president is whether they have fulfilled their constitutional obligations in the past,” Cheney said.
  • Cheney added that Hawley and Cruz knew “exactly what the role of Congress is in terms of our constitutional obligations with respect to presidential elections” but that the two men “took actions that fundamentally threatened the constitutional order and structure. “after the 2020 elections.
  • “They both rendered themselves unsuitable for future duties,” Cheney added.
  • “DeSantis is someone who, right now, is campaigning for Holocaust deniers,” she said, adding, “It’s something that I think people need to take a real break on. You know, either you fundamentally believe in and will support our constitution structure, or you don’t.”

The other side: “Senator Cruz does not need or want the endorsement of future former Rep. Liz Cheney, and wishes her well in the 2024 Democratic presidential primary,” a Cruz spokesperson told Axios.

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