Undaunted by a rebuke from Republican voters, Congresswoman Liz Cheney has compared herself to America’s most popular president
After being thrown out of Congress by 37 percentage points in Wyoming’s Republican primary, U.S. Representative Liz Cheney reacted to the lopsided defeat by comparing herself to the most revered president in American history, Abraham Lincoln, and left to hear that she would try to follow his path. to the White House.
“Our party’s great and original champion, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in the Senate and House elections before winning the most important election of all,” Cheney told fans in Jackson, Wyoming after losing Tuesday’s contest. “Lincoln finally prevailed, he saved our union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
Cheney, who voted to impeach Donald Trump in January 2021 and accused him of inciting the U.S. Capitol riot, garnered just 28.9% of Republican votes cast on Wednesday. His Trump-backed opponent, Harriet Hageman, a lawyer who has never held political office, won 66.3%.
Liz Cheney just lost her congressional seat in Wyoming by nearly 40 points and compared herself to Abraham Lincoln in her concession speech. She really went crazy. pic.twitter.com/T0DlPBsF2K
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 17, 2022
Nonetheless, Cheney may seek a major promotion. She said in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday that she plans to run for president in 2024. She has promised to do so. “whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.”
Cheney noted that, in his legendary Gettysburg Address, Lincoln swore that “The government of the people, by the people and for the people will not perish from this Earth.” Seemingly unaware of how people voted on Tuesday, she said, “As we gather here tonight, this remains our greatest and most important task.”
Conservatives have ridiculed Cheney for invoking the name of Lincoln, who has consistently ranked as the most popular US president in polls by C-SPAN and others. “A clear message is being sent about what the Republican Party should be”, said the U.S. representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). “She’s not like Liz Cheney at all, who’s nothing like Abraham Lincoln.”
Only two of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have a chance of being reelected. Cheney is one of four incumbents who lost their primary races, and four others chose to retire rather than seek re-election.