Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said she’s going to say goodbye to being a Republican if former President Donald Trump becomes the party’s nominee for president in 2024.
Cheney, who was faraway from her House Republican Conference chair role following her support of Trump’s impeachment over the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, vowed on Saturday to be sure Trump isn’t “anywhere near the Oval Office.”
Cheney, who lost in her district’s Republican primary in August, said she’d do “whatever it takes” to make sure Trump doesn’t assume power again.
“I’m going to be sure Donald Trump … be sure he’s not the nominee and if he’s the nominee, I won’t be a Republican,” Cheney said in an appearance at The Texas Tribune Festival.
You may hearken to the audience’s response to Cheney’s remarks below.
The congresswoman had vowed to do “whatever it takes” to stop a Trump run for the White House during her concession speech to her Trump-endorsed primary opponent Harriet Hageman in August.
Cheney also weighed in on the potential for a presidential run, The Texas Tribune reported, a choice she said in August that she’d make “in the approaching months.”
“It’s really essential not to only immediately jump to the horse race and to take into consideration what we want as a rustic,” Cheney said on Saturday.
Cheney, vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, also touched on the “multipart plan” she said Trump oversaw personally and directly in the course of the riot.
“One among the things that has surprised me essentially the most about my work on this committee is how sophisticated the plan was that Donald Trump was involved in and oversaw every step of the way in which,” Cheney said. “While leaders in Congress were begging him, ‘Please, tell the mob to go home,’ Donald Trump wouldn’t. And just set the politics aside for a minute and think to yourself, ‘What form of human being does that?’”
Cheney and the Jan. 6 committee have a public hearing planned for Wednesday, the primary hearing since late July.
Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said last week that the hearing will likely be the ultimate presentation prior to an “interim and final report,” based on CBS News.