Congresswoman Liz Cheney told NBC she is thinking about running for President on Wednesday morning.
Cheney was asked about her loss, which is expected to come by about 30 percentage points. In response, Cheney said she won her 2020 by 73 percentage points.
“The path to that same victory would’ve been very easy,” Cheney said. “It was clear how that path would go. But that path would’ve required that I accept, that I embrace, that I perpetuate the Big Lie and I’ve been very clear at every moment since Jan. 6 that there are some things that have got to be above politics. That there is no political office that is more important than the principles that we take an oath to defend.
“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic and I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and Independents and that’s what I intend to be part of.”
Cheney said she is proud of everything she accomplished with the voters of Wyoming, but noted it became “very clear” after Donald Trump “sent a mob to attack the Capitol” that he is a threat never faced before.
“As a nation, you don’t get the opportunity to debate and discuss any other issue if you simply turn your head away from that kind of a fundamental threat on our republic,” Cheney said.
She doubled down by saying Trump has betrayed Republican voters and lied to them.
“They’re using people’s patriotism against them,” she said. “They’re preying on people’s patriotism.”
Cheney was asked if she’s considering running for President, but did not commit.
Instead, she said she would focus on completing her work in Congress as well as making sure people understand the stakes of what we’re facing.
“We’ve now got one major political party — my party — which has really become a cult of personality,” she said. “We’ve got to get this party back to a place where we’re embracing the values and the principles on which it was founded.”
Cheney said she will do “whatever it takes” to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.
“That’s a decision that I’m going to make in the coming months,” she said in reference to whether she will run for President.