Former Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney said she has not ruled out a 2024 presidential bid, as she further described former President Donald Trump as the “single most dangerous threat the country faces” in an interview on CNN on Sunday.
She warned of what could happen in a second Trump term.
“If he is, all of the things he attempted to do, but was stopped from doing by responsible people around him at the Department of Justice, at the White House counsel’s office, all of those things he will do,” Cheney told CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper. “There will be no guardrails and everyone has been warned.”
Tapper asked Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, whether she would even consider voting for President Joe Biden over Trump if the former president receives the Republican nomination next year.
“We’re going to see what happens. We’re going to see how things unfold. I think Donald Trump is the single most dangerous threat we face. I would imagine that there will be a number of other candidates in the race,” Cheney said.
Tapper then asked, “Would you be one of them?”
While she said that she hasn’t ruled out a presidential run, Cheney stated, “I’ll tell you what I’m definitely going to do. I’m going to spend the next year between now and the election certainly helping to elect serious people, helping to elect sane people.”
Trump currently maintains low popularity with the general American public, but he also has a commanding lead over the other GOP primary hopefuls. Cheney has previously indicated that she would not run as an independent if it would pull votes from Biden and help Trump return to the White House.
House Chaos Linked to Donald Trump
Cheney further told Tapper that the current chaos in the House of Representatives, which hasn’t had a speaker in weeks since Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California was ousted from the position, can be traced to Trump’s behavior and his allies in the chamber.
“I wish that it were surprising. You know, what we’ve seen is a result of really the leadership decisions that Kevin McCarthy made back after the 2020 election and certainly after January 6,” Cheney explained. “And, you know, looking the other way in the face of the kind of assault on our democracy that we’ve seen from Donald Trump and his allies in the House.”
Her comments come as it looks increasingly challenging for any Republican to secure the 217 votes needed to become the next House speaker.
Threats of Violence
Cheney further warned that Trump’s rhetoric, including the posts he makes about those who have brought charges against him, could result in violence worse than what the country saw on January 6, 2021.
“Now, that kind of acceptance of violence is completely inappropriate and dangerous in our politics,” Cheney added. “So, I – we need people who are serious and who recognize and understand the dangers that we’re facing globally, as well as from Donald Trump and those who support him.”
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