WASHINGTON — Fresh off her primary loss in Congress, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said on Wednesday that she plans to be part of a bipartisan coalition that aims to ensure that former President Donald Trump never remains in office.
“I believe Donald Trump continues to pose a very serious threat and risk to our republic. And I think defeating him will require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I want to be a part of making,” she said in an exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” show.
She reiterated that she will “do whatever it takes” to prevent Trump from returning to the Oval Office in future elections. Overnight, Cheney formed a new political action committee for leaders called “The Great Task,” an aide attached to NBC. She filed with the Federal Election Commission to transfer the remaining money from her federal campaign account to the new PAC. At the end of July, according to FEC files, she had more than $7 million in cash on hand.
NBC News predicted Tuesday night that Cheney, former Speaker of the House Republican Conference and eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, would lose her Republican primary to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.
With 99% of the vote on Wednesday, Hageman led Cheney by about 37 percentage points.
Cheney told “TODAY” from her home in Jackson, Wyoming, that defeating Hageman would have required her to “perpetuate the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen and that Trump had won it.
Asked if she plans to run for president, she returned first, arguing that the GOP should be taken in a different direction. “We now have one big political party, my party, which has really become a cult of personality, and we need to bring this party back to a place where we embrace the values and principles on which it was founded.” established,” she said.
Again pressed on whether she’s considering running for president, Cheney said, “That’s a decision I’m going to make in the coming months, and I’m not going to make any announcements here this morning — but it’s something I’m thinking about.”
When asked whether Democrats should retain control of Congress because of the state of the Republican Party, Cheney suggested that would be preferable to the possibility of election deniers holding office.
“The election deniers right now are Republicans, and I think it shouldn’t matter which party you are — nobody should vote for the people who support or support them,” she said.
Cheney said the GOP is “in very bad shape” and “it could take several election cycles” for it to be reformed and detached from Trump and what she said was a personality cult around the former president. She also denounced the former president for allegedly disclosing the names of FBI agents involved in a search of his Mar-a-Lago resort “when he knows that our law enforcement is the target of violence.”
“I’m definitely going to continue this fight,” she said. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever been involved in, and I think it’s certainly the most important, the challenge, that our nation has faced in recent history and perhaps since the Civil War. And it’s one we need to win.”
Vaughn Hillyard contributed.