Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has expressed her reluctance to back DeSantis for a Presidential Run in 2024 as she feels he has “lined himself up” with former President Donald Trump.
Cheney has been critical of Trump since he disputed the 2020 election results and also said she “would find it very difficult” to get behind DeSantis should he make a bid for The White House. “I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous.”
Cheney made these statements whilst speaking with The New York Times. Despite her opposition to both Trump and DeSantis, Cheney dismissed any suggestions that she would switch parties.
“I’m a Republican,” Cheney established during the interview, though she did express concerns that her party “may not be” salvageable in the short term because it is “very sick” and “is continuing to drive itself in a ditch and I think it’s going to take several cycles if it can be healed.”
Cheney is currently running against pro-Trump candidate Harriet Hageman. A recent Star Tribute poll showed Cheney to be trailing Hageman by 22 points.
Cheney has also said she is not considering a challenge for the White House herself and is currently focused on both her primary election along with her work on the January 6 committee.
New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin said of the race between Cheney and Hageman that “ridding American politics of former President Donald J. Trump and his influence” is “more important than her House seat.”
Martin didn’t pull any punches and said that Cheney was “losing badly” to Hageman in the polls, she “has been all but driven out of her Trump-loving state, in part because of death threats.” Trump won 70 percent of the Wyoming vote in 2020, Martin noted, comparing Cheney’s fight in the GOP primary to that of “asking ranchers to go vegan.”
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