Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, an outspoken Trump critic, vowed not to support the former president if he becomes the Republican nominee in 2024.
“I would not,” the third-ranking Republican in the House said when asked if she’d back former President Donald Trump.
Cheney, who, alongside nine other GOP lawmakers, voted in favor of impeaching Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, lambasted the former president for the “gravest violation of an oath of office.”
“I’ve been very clear about my views of what happened on Jan. 6, about my views of the president’s culpability,” she told host Neil Cavuto on a segment of Fox News. “I obviously voted to impeach him. I think that it was the gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history, and I’m gonna continue to make sure people understand that.”
Trump was acquitted of the charge of inciting insurrection in connection to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Cheney was censured in late January by the Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, over her impeachment vote. Despite the rebuke by her hometown cohort, her office raised over $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2021, a record for the senior Republican.
Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she wasn’t surprised by the fundraising haul because the GOP wants a party based on “ideas” and “substance.”
“You’ve got Republicans who really want to have our party to be a party that’s based on ideas, that’s based on substance,” Cheney told Cavuto. “They want our party to be a party that gives people hope, that lays out an agenda, that looks to the future, that contrasts with what the Democrats are doing in terms of expanding spending, expanding the size of the federal government, raising taxes, appropriating money at levels we’ve never seen before that could have hugely negative economic consequences for the country.”
Cheney repeated her criticism of Trump in early February, saying he no longer has a role as the leader of the Republican Party.
“Chris, we’re the party of Abraham Lincoln. We’re the party of Ronald Reagan,” Cheney told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. “We have to really take a hard look at who we are and what we stand for and what we believe in. I think when you look at both his actions leading up to what happened on Jan. 6, the fact that he was impeached in a bipartisan fashion, the fact that he lost the presidency, the fact that we lost the Senate, we have to be in a position where we can say we stand for principle, we stand for [the] ideal.”
“Somebody who has provoked an attack on the United States Capitol to prevent the counting of electoral votes, which resulted in five people dying, who refused to stand up immediately when he was asked and stop the violence, that — that is a person who does not have a role as a leader of our party going forward,” she continued, adding: “We should not be embracing” Trump.