Strategists doubt that Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who lost her primary election Tuesday night to a challenger endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has what it takes to garner the GOP nomination should she run for president while seemingly dismissing the idea that her plans for 2024 could possibly upend Trump’s chances of gaining back the White House.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” on Wednesday morning, Cheney said she will “do whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office,” insisting that she is “thinking” about a run for the presidency and will make a decision “in the coming months.”
Political strategists from both sides of the aisle are at odds over how Cheney’s involvement in the 2024 presidential race could impact Trump’s chances should he officially declare his candidacy for president in the 2024 election, telling Fox News Digital that it is unlikely she could ever win the nomination.
“Rep. Cheney actually could have won Wyoming had she run ‘for’ the people of Wyoming rather than ‘against’ DJT. ‘Against’ candidates don’t win,” said Boyd Matheson, host of “Inside Sources” for KSL NewsRadio and former chief-of-staff to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. “If Cheney runs for president, she will be a non-factor if she continues by running a backward facing, fighting the last war, battle against DJT kind of campaign. Presidential politics is never about what was, or even what is, but about what is next.”
“Rep. Cheney has proven she can fundraise, though it will be interesting to see what moderate Democrats and independent donors would do in an actual presidential contest,” Matheson added.
Cheney, who has served in Congress since 2017, was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president following the events of Jan. 6, 2021, at the U. S. Capitol. In her role as vice-chair of the House’s Jan. 6 select committee investigating what took place that day, her messaging has resonated with voters who have shifted their support from Trump…. (Read more)