After being walloped in her primary race this Tuesday, reviled “Republican” Rep. Liz Cheney delivered a fantastical speech in which she compared herself to legendary former President Abraham Lincoln and hinted that she may run for president one day.
“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history,” she said during her concession speech in Jackson, Wyoming.
“Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said that, ‘We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.’ As we meet here tonight, that remains our greatest and most important task,” she added.
Cheney also vowed to continue her war against former President Donald Trump.
“We must be very clear-eyed about the threat we face and about what is required to defeat it. I have said since January 6, that I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office,” she said.
Her remarks prompted a whirlwind of critical analysis from those who saw through her vain, self-important rhetoric.
Country over party.
But self above all. https://t.co/u9UK23fWpQ
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) August 17, 2022
The Liz Cheney story isn’t about MAGA or courage. It’s about her constituents feeling like she left them behind and stopped listening. They voted for a representative and she stopped being that.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) August 17, 2022
Liz Cheney didn’t lose because she took on Trump. She lost because she took on her own constituents. She refused to represent them. She came to believe she was better than them. She alone possessed and upheld the truth. Today the voters put an end to this delusional bullsh*t
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 17, 2022
Her remarks also triggered mockery over her apparent dream of becoming president. It wasn’t clear to anyone how someone who lost 28.9 percent (49,316 votes) to 66.3 percent (113,025 votes) would stand a chance of becoming president, let alone a dog catcher.
Like Seattle station KTTH host Jason Rantz put it, “Abraham Lincoln has a better shot at becoming president in 2024 than Liz Cheney.”
Fact-check: VERY LIKELY TRUE.
Abraham Lincoln has a better shot at becoming president in 2024 than Liz Cheney.
Bye Liz. https://t.co/5AeDcCqExA
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 17, 2022
Included among her critics was local attorney Harriet Hageman, the candidate who defeated her in Tuesday’s race.
“It doesn’t surprise me that she would revert to those same old talking points because that’s really in large part what got her defeated. She’s not focusing on Wyoming, she’s not focusing on our issues, she’s still focusing on an obsession about President Trump, and the voters of Wyoming sent a very loud message tonight. We have spoken, and that is not what we are interested in in terms of our lone congressional representative,” she said.
“Wyoming is entitled to have a representative that represents our interests, that listens to us, that addresses our issues. That isn’t Liz Cheney, and the fact that that’s where she went back to with her speech tonight I think demonstrates that she really isn’t listening to Wyoming now. She hasn’t for quite some time, and that’s why we needed to replace her. We need to have a representative in Wyoming who listens to us.”
Cheney’s final critic was of course Trump himself, who took to Truth Social to rip apart the congresswoman, likening her to a “spiteful, sanctimonious” “thug.”
“Congratulations to Harriet Hageman on her great and very decisive WIN in Wyoming. This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs,” he wrote.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others. Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now. Thank you WYOMING!”
In additional posts, he also defended his belief that the 2020 presidential election was “Rigged & Stolen” and called for the “DISSOLUTION” of the Jan. 6th committee.
Unfortunately for the president and his supporters, Cheney will remain at her post until the end of the year. And, as she explained in her concession speech, she plans to capitalize on it by continuing her obsessive war against Trump.
But what happens after the year’s up? Based on her own words, plus reporting from the establishment press, it appears she’s genuinely considering a run for president.
“In June, she traveled to the Ronald Reagan Library — a stop for GOP presidential hopefuls — and made a speech many viewed as the blueprint for a national campaign. It was a mix of her regular denunciations of Trump, mixed with her political biography,” NPR reported after her loss Tuesday.
She also reportedly plans to keep her war against Trump alive.
“In coming weeks, Liz will be launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president,” her spokesperson told Politico.
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