Liz Cheney ponders 2024 bid after losing Wyoming GOP primary

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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was progressively unfastened connected Wednesday astir considering a 2024 statesmanlike run aft soundly losing a Republican superior to a challenger backed by erstwhile President Donald Trump. Speaking to NBC successful the aftermath of her loss, the third-term congresswoman called Trump "a precise sedate menace and hazard to our republic," and said defeating him volition necessitate "a wide and agreed beforehand of Republicans, Democrats and independents — and that's what I mean to beryllium portion of." She declined to accidental if she would tally for president but conceded it's "something that I'm reasoning about."The superior results — and the much than 35-point borderline of her decision — were a almighty reminder of the GOP's accelerated displacement to the right. A enactment erstwhile dominated by nationalist security-oriented, business-friendly conservatives similar her father, erstwhile Vice President Dick Cheney, present belongs to Trump, animated by his populist entreaty and, supra all, his denial of decision successful the 2020 election. Such lies, which person been roundly rejected by national and authorities predetermination officials on with Trump's ain lawyer wide and judges helium appointed, transformed Cheney from an occasional professional of the erstwhile president to the clearest dependable wrong the GOP informing that helium represents a menace to antiauthoritarian norms. She's the apical Republican connected the House sheet investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection astatine the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, an onslaught she referenced successful nodding to her governmental future."I person said since Jan. 6 that I volition bash immoderate it takes to guarantee Donald Trump is ne'er again anyplace adjacent the Oval Office — and I mean it," she said during her concession code connected Tuesday.Cheney described her superior nonaccomplishment connected Tuesday nighttime arsenic the opening of a caller section successful her governmental vocation arsenic she addressed a tiny postulation of supporters, including her father, connected the borderline of a immense tract flanked by mountains and bales of hay."Our enactment is acold from over," she said, evoking Abraham Lincoln, who besides mislaid legislature elections earlier ascending to the presidency and preserving the union.Four 100 miles to the eastbound of Cheney's concession speech, festive Hageman supporters gathered astatine a sprawling outdoor rodeo and Western civilization festival successful Cheyenne, galore wearing cowboy boots, hats and bluish jeans.Video below: Liz Cheney loses Wyoming spot to pro-Trump rival"Obviously we're each precise grateful to President Trump, who recognizes that Wyoming has lone 1 legislature typical and we person to marque it count," said Hageman, a ranching manufacture lawyer who had finished 3rd successful a erstwhile bid for governor.Echoing Trump's conspiracy theories, she falsely claimed the 2020 predetermination was "rigged" arsenic she courted his loyalists successful the runup to the election. Trump and his squad celebrated Cheney's loss, which whitethorn correspond his biggest governmental triumph successful a superior play afloat of them. The erstwhile president called the results "a implicit rebuke" of the Jan. 6 committee. "Liz Cheney should beryllium ashamed of herself, the mode she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others," helium wrote connected his societal media platform. "Now she tin yet vanish into the depths of governmental oblivion where, I americium sure, she volition beryllium overmuch happier than she is close now. Thank you WYOMING!"The quality offered a invited interruption from Trump's absorption connected his increasing ineligible entanglements. Just 8 days earlier, national agents executing a hunt warrant recovered 11 sets of classified records from the erstwhile president's Florida estate. Meanwhile successful Alaska, which besides held elections connected Tuesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, different salient GOP professional of Trump, precocious from her primary. Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice statesmanlike nominee and a staunch state of Trump, was besides bound for the November wide predetermination successful the contention for Alaska's sole U.S. House seat.But astir of the attraction was connected Cheney, whose decision would person been unthinkable conscionable 2 years ago. The girl of a erstwhile vice president, she hails from 1 of the astir salient governmental families successful Wyoming. And successful Washington, she was the No. 3 House Republican, an influential dependable successful GOP authorities and argumentation with a sterling blimpish voting record.Cheney volition present beryllium forced from Congress astatine the extremity of her 3rd and last word successful January. She is not expected to permission Capitol Hill quietly.She volition proceed successful her enactment relation connected the legislature sheet investigating the Jan. 6 onslaught until it dissolves astatine the extremity of the year. And she is actively considering a 2024 White House bid -- arsenic a Republican oregon autarkic -- having vowed to bash everything successful her powerfulness to combat Trump's power successful her party.With Cheney's loss, Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are going extinct.In all, 7 Republican senators and 10 Republican House members backed Trump's impeachment successful the days aft his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol arsenic Congress tried to certify President Joe Biden's victory. Just 2 of those 10 House members person won their primaries this year. After 2 Senate retirements, Murkowski is the lone specified Senate Republican connected this year's ballot.Cheney was forced to question assistance from the state's tiny Democratic number successful her bid to propulsion disconnected a victory. But Democrats crossed America, large donors among them, took notice. She raised astatine slightest $15 cardinal for her election, a stunning fig for a Wyoming governmental contest.Voters responded to the involvement successful the race. With a small much than fractional of the ballot counted, turnout ran astir 50% higher than successful the 2018 Republican superior for governor. If Cheney does yet tally for president — either arsenic a Republican oregon an autarkic — don't expect her to triumph Wyoming's 3 electoral votes."We similar Trump. She tried to impeach Trump," Cheyenne elector Chester Barkell said of Cheney connected Tuesday. "I don't spot Liz Cheney."And successful Jackson, Republican elector Dan Winder said helium felt betrayed by his congresswoman. "Over 70% of the authorities of Wyoming voted Republican successful the past statesmanlike predetermination and she turned close astir and voted against us," said Winder, a edifice manager. "She was our representative, not her own."___Peoples reported from New York. AP writers Thomas Peipert successful Cheyenne and Jill Colvin successful caller York contributed.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was progressively unfastened connected Wednesday astir considering a 2024 statesmanlike run aft soundly losing a Republican superior to a challenger backed by erstwhile President Donald Trump.

Speaking to NBC successful the aftermath of her loss, the third-term congresswoman called Trump "a precise sedate menace and hazard to our republic," and said defeating him volition necessitate "a wide and agreed beforehand of Republicans, Democrats and independents — and that's what I mean to beryllium portion of."

She declined to accidental if she would tally for president but conceded it's "something that I'm reasoning about."

The superior results — and the much than 35-point borderline of her decision — were a almighty reminder of the GOP's accelerated displacement to the right. A enactment erstwhile dominated by nationalist security-oriented, business-friendly conservatives similar her father, erstwhile Vice President Dick Cheney, present belongs to Trump, animated by his populist entreaty and, supra all, his denial of decision successful the 2020 election.

Such lies, which person been roundly rejected by national and authorities predetermination officials on with Trump's ain lawyer wide and judges helium appointed, transformed Cheney from an occasional professional of the erstwhile president to the clearest dependable wrong the GOP informing that helium represents a menace to antiauthoritarian norms. She's the apical Republican connected the House sheet investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection astatine the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, an onslaught she referenced successful nodding to her governmental future.

"I person said since Jan. 6 that I volition bash immoderate it takes to guarantee Donald Trump is ne'er again anyplace adjacent the Oval Office — and I mean it," she said during her concession code connected Tuesday.

Cheney described her superior nonaccomplishment connected Tuesday nighttime arsenic the opening of a caller section successful her governmental vocation arsenic she addressed a tiny postulation of supporters, including her father, connected the borderline of a immense tract flanked by mountains and bales of hay.

"Our enactment is acold from over," she said, evoking Abraham Lincoln, who besides mislaid legislature elections earlier ascending to the presidency and preserving the union.

Four 100 miles to the eastbound of Cheney's concession speech, festive Hageman supporters gathered astatine a sprawling outdoor rodeo and Western civilization festival successful Cheyenne, galore wearing cowboy boots, hats and bluish jeans.

Video below: Liz Cheney loses Wyoming spot to pro-Trump rival

"Obviously we're each precise grateful to President Trump, who recognizes that Wyoming has lone 1 legislature typical and we person to marque it count," said Hageman, a ranching manufacture lawyer who had finished 3rd successful a erstwhile bid for governor.

Echoing Trump's conspiracy theories, she falsely claimed the 2020 predetermination was "rigged" arsenic she courted his loyalists successful the runup to the election.

Trump and his squad celebrated Cheney's loss, which whitethorn correspond his biggest governmental triumph successful a superior play afloat of them. The erstwhile president called the results "a implicit rebuke" of the Jan. 6 committee.

"Liz Cheney should beryllium ashamed of herself, the mode she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others," helium wrote connected his societal media platform. "Now she tin yet vanish into the depths of governmental oblivion where, I americium sure, she volition beryllium overmuch happier than she is close now. Thank you WYOMING!"

The quality offered a invited interruption from Trump's absorption connected his increasing ineligible entanglements. Just 8 days earlier, national agents executing a hunt warrant recovered 11 sets of classified records from the erstwhile president's Florida estate.

Meanwhile successful Alaska, which besides held elections connected Tuesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, different salient GOP professional of Trump, precocious from her primary. Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice statesmanlike nominee and a staunch state of Trump, was besides bound for the November wide predetermination successful the contention for Alaska's sole U.S. House seat.

But astir of the attraction was connected Cheney, whose decision would person been unthinkable conscionable 2 years ago. The girl of a erstwhile vice president, she hails from 1 of the astir salient governmental families successful Wyoming. And successful Washington, she was the No. 3 House Republican, an influential dependable successful GOP authorities and argumentation with a sterling blimpish voting record.

Cheney volition present beryllium forced from Congress astatine the extremity of her 3rd and last word successful January. She is not expected to permission Capitol Hill quietly.

She volition proceed successful her enactment relation connected the legislature sheet investigating the Jan. 6 onslaught until it dissolves astatine the extremity of the year. And she is actively considering a 2024 White House bid -- arsenic a Republican oregon autarkic -- having vowed to bash everything successful her powerfulness to combat Trump's power successful her party.

With Cheney's loss, Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are going extinct.

In all, 7 Republican senators and 10 Republican House members backed Trump's impeachment successful the days aft his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol arsenic Congress tried to certify President Joe Biden's victory. Just 2 of those 10 House members person won their primaries this year. After 2 Senate retirements, Murkowski is the lone specified Senate Republican connected this year's ballot.

Cheney was forced to question assistance from the state's tiny Democratic number successful her bid to propulsion disconnected a victory. But Democrats crossed America, large donors among them, took notice. She raised astatine slightest $15 cardinal for her election, a stunning fig for a Wyoming governmental contest.

Voters responded to the involvement successful the race. With a small much than fractional of the ballot counted, turnout ran astir 50% higher than successful the 2018 Republican superior for governor.

If Cheney does yet tally for president — either arsenic a Republican oregon an autarkic — don't expect her to triumph Wyoming's 3 electoral votes.

"We similar Trump. She tried to impeach Trump," Cheyenne elector Chester Barkell said of Cheney connected Tuesday. "I don't spot Liz Cheney."

And successful Jackson, Republican elector Dan Winder said helium felt betrayed by his congresswoman.

"Over 70% of the authorities of Wyoming voted Republican successful the past statesmanlike predetermination and she turned close astir and voted against us," said Winder, a edifice manager. "She was our representative, not her own."

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Peoples reported from New York. AP writers Thomas Peipert successful Cheyenne and Jill Colvin successful caller York contributed.

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