Following Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R) defeat on Tuesday to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming statewide primary, Cheney has said that she is considering running for president — but pundits have warned that the Republican National Committee (RNC) may try to prevent such a run out of loyalty to former President Donald Trump.
Cheney expressed interest in a presidential campaignOn NBC’s “Today Show” the morning after her loss to Hageman.
“It is something that I am thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” she said.
An attempt to run for president may prove futile for the Wyoming congresswoman due to Trump’s widespread support among RNC leaders. and the party’s base. But Cheney’s campaign could still serve the purpose of ensuring that Trump fares poorly in the primary races.
“Any Cheney can read political tea leaves,” wrote John T. BennettEditor-at-large CQ Roll Call. “So her potential bid would not be about accepting the party’s nomination in Milwaukee in the summer of 2024.”
In the same article, Democratic strategist Brad Bannon theorized that Cheney’s true aim would be convincing enough Republican voters that Trump is “a mockery of conservative devotion to the sanctity of the Constitution with his attempt to subvert the outcome of the 2020 election.” Ultimately, Cheney’s goal would likely be to prevent Trump from winning the presidency again.
If Cheney decides to launch a campaign she could easily fundraiseThis won her millions of dollars and a lot of media attention. But there are some obstacles that remain — mostly from within her own party.
RNC officials may try to prevent Cheney from appearing on state ballots during the primaries, an action they can legally take to prevent her from racking up delegate totals that would undermine Trump at the party’s nominating convention. Cheney could also be blocked by the RNC from participating in debates.
“The general feeling among Republicans I spoke with this week is that the RNC would go to almost absurd lengths to avoid allowing Cheney to appear on the same debate stage as Trump,” Ronald Brownstein wrote for The Atlantic.
The RNC could also force every candidate to sign a loyalty oath to back the party’s eventual nominee, an action that Cheney would undoubtedly oppose. In 2016, Trump signed a similar oath, but later abandoned his pledge.)
It would be even more outrageous if the RNC went to such extreme lengths to stop Cheney running for president. showcase the party’s embrace of Trumpism and anti-democratic ideology, which has only increased after Trump’s illegal attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. These are just a few examples of the many attempts. The January 6th committee made these points public.Cheney is vice president of the.
The RNC’s devotion to Trump appears to strengthen whenever more evidence of his wrongdoings is released. Last week, the party rallied behind the former presidentAfter Trump had his papers removed from the White House by the FBI, the warrant was executed. Part of an Espionage Act Investigation.