A defiant Liz Cheney is continuing to take swipes at former President Donald Trump, this time she said Trump will not be the Republican nominee for president in 2024.
House Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney is in Orlando for a GOP retreat. Speaking with a reporter from the Washington Examiner, she said of former President Donald Trump’s chances to be the 2024 nominee: “I don’t think that that’s going to happen. And I think it’s important that it not happen given what he did.”
Cheney was among 10 Republicans who crossed the aisle and voted to impeach Trump on the charge he incited the Jan. 6 riot. Cheney said she “certainly would never vote for a Democrat” but added that she doesn’t think Trump “should be president again.”
Liz Cheney gave a hint of who she thinks could be the GOP nominee earlier and in the least surprising news of the day, she thinks it could be her. “I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” she said.
She went on to try to clear the field saying two of her big rivals for the nomination should be disqualified.
She said of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley:
“I think we have a huge 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.
“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,” she 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,” she said.
At a retreat meant to craft a cohesive message for the party, McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) illustrated the exact rift the GOP has fought to avoid. While the former president wasn’t even invited to the House GOP’s annual policy retreat here in the Sunshine State, his presence has loomed large over the three-day gathering.
McCarthy, when asked whether it’s difficult to have harmony in his ranks when Cheney has been so vocal with her viewpoints on Trump, offered up some thinly veiled criticism.
“There’s a responsibility, if you’re gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a wide-ranging interview on Monday. “And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties.”
The California Republican also said he’s privately approached Cheney about toning down some of her remarks. When asked whether Cheney has heeded the advice, McCarthy responded: “You be the judge.”
“If we minimize what happened on Jan. 6th and if we appease it, then we will be in a situation where every election cycle, you could potentially have another constitutional crisis,” Cheney said later in an interview with POLITICO.
“If you get into a situation where we don’t guarantee a peaceful transfer of power, we won’t have learned the lessons of Jan. 6.”
“And you can’t bury our head in the sand,” she added. “It matters hugely to the survival of the country.”