After being unceremoniously ousted from her House Republican leadership position last week, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Sunday teased a possible 2024 run for the White House, as Breitbart reports, in a move sure to spark a bemused reaction from former President Donald Trump — who is still by far the favorite to win the GOP nomination.
Cheney’s comments came during an interview with Jon Karl on ABC’s This Week. Karl raised the topic of the potential re-emergence of Trump on the campaign trail in the coming months and referenced comments made by GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Karl prefaced a question to Cheney by saying, “Jim Jordan talking about a possible Trump 2024 run said, ‘There’s no way he is losing. He’s going to win the Republican primary, and he’s going to be president if he decide to run,’ adding, “Now, based on today’s facts, he’s right, isn’t he, about the primary part at least? I mean, there’s nobody, there’s not even a close second out there, is there?”
Cheney attempted to downplay Jordan’s characterization of Trump’s electoral prospects, saying, “I think there are millions and millions of Republicans who won’t let that happen again,” echoing her own pledge earlier in the week in which she said she “will do everything [she] can to make sure the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” as CBS News noted.
Following his interview with Cheney, Karl engaged in a bit of repartee with This Week anchor Martha Raddatz who asked if he thought the Wyoming lawmaker is serious about a 2024 run. Karl replied, according to Breitbart, “It sure sounds that way to me, Martha,” adding:
Look, she believes that Donald Trump poses a threat not just to the Republican Party but to the country. She needs a platform to be able to make that case. A run for president is such a platform.
The rancor between Cheney and Trump has escalated ever since Cheney was among the 10 Republicans in the House to voted for the former president’s impeachment earlier this year, ultimately taking to the Washington Post op-ed page to label him “dangerous” and the leader of an “anti-democratic cult of personality.”
The animus between the congresswoman and the former president has indeed been mutual, with Trump lauding Cheney’s removal from her GOP leadership position last week. In the wake of the her ouster, Trump issued a statement declaring, “Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party,” according to The Hill.
The former president derided Cheney as being a “talking point for Democrats” and a “warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history.”
Whether Cheney is seriously entertaining a 2024 run for the Oval Office remains to be seen, but with Trump planning to resume his signature rallies next month, it seems certain that the battle between these two over the future of the Republican Party is just getting started.