Liz Cheney: If You Tried To Block Biden’s Certification, You Shouldn’t Be President
She didn’t call them out by name, but Rep. Liz Cheney delivered a sharp message on Monday to Republican senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley: if you tried to block the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden on Jan. 6, you should be disqualified from running for president yourself.
The third most powerful Republican in Congress made the comment during an interview with the New York Post while attending a party retreat in Orlando and it’s an unmistakable sign that Cheney isn’t going to back down from the Donald Trump faction of the GOP. The former president and his sycophantic allies have attacked her for her vote to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the deadly insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I think we have a number of interesting candidates, but I think that we’re going to be in a good position to be able to take the White House,” Cheney said in the interview. “I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying.”
The Wyoming representative, who was a thorn in the side of Trump during his presidency as she criticized his harsh rhetoric and broke from the party on several votes, said she has not ruled out running for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. “I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” Cheney said. “I think that adherence to the Constitution, adherence to your oath has got to be at the top of the list. So, I think, you know that certainly will be a factor that I’m looking at and I think a number of voters will be looking at as they decide about ’24.”
Trump-ists have mounted an aggressive campaign to knee-cap Cheney’s political career and already have lined up primary challengers for her in next year’s election. That primary will prove to be a test of Trump’s ongoing power within the Republican Party. She seems undeterred.
“My primary is clearly going to be an important one — I am more than happy anytime and any place to debate anybody who wants to about what happened on Jan. 6 and why our oath of office requires that we make sure that that never happens again,” she said. “And I feel confident about prevailing in my primary.”