Liz Cheney Weighs Presidential Run, Critiques Trump’s Leadership

In a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) made headlines as she discussed her political future and her views on the current state of the Republican Party. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was on the Jan. 6 Committee before she lost her reelection efforts into the House, did not rule out the possibility of a presidential run and expressed her concerns about former President Donald Trump’s leadership.

When asked about the possibility of voting for President Joe Biden over Trump, Cheney, who called Trump “the single most dangerous threat we face” if reelected, responded with, “We’re going to see what happens. We’re going to see how things unfold.” 

She emphasized that there could be other candidates entering the race, signaling a potential challenge to Trump’s dominance within the party.

When it came to her opinion of Trump, she did not mince words, labeling him as a “threat” and asserted that Biden is providing “better leadership” at the international level. When questioned about who was providing better international leadership between Biden and Trump, Cheney unequivocally stated, “Certainly, Biden is.”

Cheney also raised concerns about Trump’s actions during his presidency, citing reports of Trump sharing Israeli intelligence with Russia and alleged sharing of classified information related to potential military actions against Iran. Cheney expressed her belief that these actions demonstrated why Donald Trump was unfit to be the President of the United States.

However, Cheney did acknowledge that she viewed Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan as “probably the biggest mistake that we made post-9/11.” 

Despite losing her primary election last year to Representative Harriet Hageman, who had received Trump’s endorsement, Cheney is striving to remain active in the political arena, as her influence in the Republican Party has diminished since her time as the third-ranking Republican in the House. 

During the interview, she stated that she is determined to support “serious” and “sane” candidates from both major parties in the upcoming elections, emphasizing the importance of individuals who uphold the Constitution and take their congressional responsibilities seriously.

When asked about the GOP-led House’s search for a new speaker, she refrained from endorsing any specific candidate, expressing the idea that her endorsement might not be helpful.