One of the most outspoken GOP critics of Donald Trump, former Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, is once more hinting at a potential 2024 presidential bid.
“I’m not going to do anything that helps Donald Trump, Cheney said to NBC News anchor Lester Holt. I’ll make a decision about sort of what I do and what comes next later on this year,” adding that she has no intention of doing anything that could help Trump return to the White House.
“The way that I’m thinking about where we are and what has to be done is much less about, you know, what should I do in terms of am I going to be a candidate or not … and much more about stopping Donald Trump, whatever that takes,” she said.
Cheney declared that she will make a decision on her plans for 2024 “in the coming months” after she lost the primary in August.
When asked if she would think considering running as an Independent for president if she knew it would hurt rather than benefit Trump, Cheney dodged the subject.
“What we’ve done in our politics is create a situation where we’re electing idiots. And so I don’t look at it through the lens of like, you know, is this what I should do or what I shouldn’t do. I look at it through the lens of how do we elect serious people, and I think electing serious people can’t be partisan,” she said.
Cheney continued by saying that she was dedicated to assisting in the election of other “good” people down the ballot rather than any who are “aligned” with Trump.
“We really we need to make sure that everybody is active and engaged and involved, and I’m certainly going to be doing everything I can to support serious candidates,” Cheney said.
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When Cheney asserted that Trump is unqualified to run for office again last month, conservatives took exception.
After the former president declared during a town hall that he was “inclined” to “pardon” many of the Americans convicted of various crimes during the January 6 Capitol riot in 2021, Cheney vented on Twitter.
Cheney, who sharply turned against Trump in the months before his defeat in 2020, tweeted: “Any candidate who says they will pardon Jan. 6 defendants is not qualified to be President.”
Civil Rights attorney Leo Terrell responded to Cheney: “You are not qualified to serve in Congress! That is why you lost by 60 percentage points!”
You are not qualified to serve in Congress! That is why you lost by 60 percentage points! https://t.co/K5iC1Rdfb6
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) May 25, 2023
When questioned about forgiving the perpetrators on January 6 during the CNN-hosted town hall, Trump stated:
I am inclined to pardon many of them. I can’t say for every single one because a couple of them probably got out of control. But you know when you look at it, when you look at Antifa what they’ve done to Portland.
When you look at Antifa and what they’ve done to Minneapolis and so man other places. Look what they did to Seattle and BLM, many people were killed. I’m not trying to justify anything. But you have two standards of justice in this country …
And then what they’ve done to these people, they’ve persecuted these people. And yeah, my answer is, if I get in … it will be a large portion of… And what they’ve done to so many people is nothing. Nothing! And then what they’ve done to these people is they’ve persecuted these people. And yeah, my answer is, I will most likely if I get in, I will say most likely it will be a large portion of them.