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Who is Liz Cheney?
Liz Cheney, 56, was the chair of the House Republican Conference from 2019 to 2021 before she was ousted by Republicans.
Cheney was first elected as a congresswoman in Wyoming as a member of the Republican party in 2016, but in May 2021, House Republicans voted to remove Cheney after she condemned Trump’s efforts to stop the peaceful transfer of power.
After the January 6 Capitol riots, Cheney became chairwoman of the investigation committee looking into Trump’s role on that day.
Prior to becoming a congresswoman, she graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and was a practicing attorney.
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She went on to hold several positions in the state department during the George W. Bush administration and is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Keep America Safe, which handles national security issues.
What happened in the Wyoming primaries?
Candidate Harriet Hageman ran against Cheney for the Republican spot in the House primaries, winning by a landslide.
Hageman’s poll ratings soared after former President Donald Trump endorsed her in May 2022, making her an appealing choice for many republicans.
The final vote came to 69 percent for Hageman, with Cheney coming in second with only 29 percent of the vote.
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Trump voiced his support of Hageman’s win on his online platform, Truth Social, writing: “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!”
During her concession speech, Cheney said she would “do whatever it takes” to make sure Trump never holds office again, and she told CBS the primary “is certainly the beginning of a battle that is going to continue to go on.
“And as a country, we’re facing a moment where our democracy really is under attack and under threat.”
She added: “I feel very proud about all the work I’ve done together with the people of Wyoming over the last six years and really understand and recognize there’s nothing more important than the defense of our Constitution.”
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Is Liz Cheney running for president?
After Cheney’s primary loss, she spoke with on NBC’s Today saying she would do what she could to keep Trump out of the Oval Office.
She told Savannah Guthrie: “I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic.
“And I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats, and independents, and that’s what I intend to be a part of.”
She said the only way she would have potentially won the primary election was if she were to “perpetuate the big lie,” backing Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Guthrie asked Cheney if she would run for president in 2024, and instead of answering, she said: “We’ve now got one major political party, my party, which has really become a cult of personality, and we’ve got to get this party back to a place where we’re embracing the values and the principles on which it was founded.”
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Cheney was asked a second time if she would be running in the presidential election.
“It is something that I am thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” Cheney said.