Liz Cheney has pledged to leave the Republican Party if former President Donald Trump secures the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2024; “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney says.
Cheney made the comments while speaking to Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith as part of an event at the paper’s annual festival on Saturday. The Wyoming Rep, a lifelong conservative, was ousted by a double-digit margin last month by Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman in her House GOP primary.
“Will you remain a Republican regardless of what happens in the next election?” Smith asked Cheney.
“I’m going to make sure Donald Trump — I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney told Smith. “And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.”
“I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn’t anywhere close to the Oval Office,” Cheney added.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was the No. 3 House Republican and was a staunch ally of the 45th president. She broke with Trump after he began denying the outcome of the 2020 election and fully denounced him after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump’s most loyal congressional allies initially tried to oust Cheney from her leadership position in February 2021, but the vote to remove her as House GOP Conference chair was unsuccessful. Her standing with GOP colleagues weakened in the months that followed, as members grew frustrated with her continued comments regarding the former president and her support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s(D-CA) Jan. 6 commission.
Fox News host Mark Levin shared the story on Twitter, saying “You already left, dummy.”
Watch the clip above.
You already left, dummyhttps://t.co/rtH5w1vo52
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 26, 2022
Last month, former President Donald Trump celebrated Cheney’s big loss in Wyoming, sharing the follw9ing message on TRUTH Social.
“Congratulations to Harriet Hageman on her great and very decisive WIN in Wyoming. This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs. Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others. Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now. Thank you WYOMING!”