Defeated Cheney to Launch Anti-Trump Effort, Mulls Presidential Run Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
By Charlie McCarthy | Wednesday, 17 August 2022 09:25 AM EDT
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., intends to continue her assault on former President Donald Trump after losing in her bid for reelection.
Cheney, one of two anti-Trump Republicans on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Jan. 6 select committee, said Wednesday morning she's considering running for the White House in 2024.
"That’s a decision that I’m gonna make in the coming months, and I'm not gonna make any announcements here this morning. But it is something that I am thinking about and I'll make a decision in the coming months," Cheney told NBC’s "Today" show.
She also vowed to finish her term by working on the Jan. 6 House select committee and doing what it takes to keep Trump out of office.
"I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat — a risk to our republic — and I think defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that's what I intend to be a part of," she told "Today."
Soon after Cheney lost to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman in Wyoming’s GOP primary on Tuesday, her spokesperson told Politico that Cheney will start a new yet-unnamed group aimed at preventing Trump from returning to office.
"In coming weeks, Liz will be launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president," Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told Politico.
The outlet suggested the name of Cheney's group could be The Great Task, the name of Cheney's final ad of the campaign. It's a phrase from the last sentence of the Gettysburg Address, and Cheney referenced it in her concession speech Tuesday night.
During the speech, Cheney admonished Trump for saying that FBI agents might have planted incriminating materials during last week's raid of his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.
"Last week, you must also believe that 30 career FBI agents who have spent their lives working to serve our country, abandoned their honor and their oaths and went to Mar-a-Lago, not to perform a lawful search or address a national security threat, but instead with a secret plan to plant fake incriminating documents in the boxes they seized," Cheney told supporters after her primary defeat, the Washington Examiner reported.
"This is yet another insidious lie."
She said Trump's comments about the FBI agents resembled his claims that the outcome of 2020 presidential election was determined by voter fraud.
"Donald Trump knows that voicing these conspiracies will provoke violence and threats of violence," she said. "This happened on January 6, and it's now happening again. It is entirely foreseeable that the violence will escalate further, yet he and others continue purposely to feed the danger."
As of 8:50 a.m. ET on Wednesday and with an estimated 99% of the vote in, Hageman led Cheney, 66.3% to 28.9%, according to Decision Desk HQ election results.