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Liz Cheney Blasts Republicans After Big Loss in Wyoming Primary

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Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who will be looking for a new job when the new Congress convenes, has decided that it is her job to take on the entire Republican Party.

At least the majority of the party that aligns itself with former President Donald Trump.

She spoke to NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday she spoke about her monumental annihilation by Harriet Hageman before taking aim at Republican House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and others in the Republican Party.

“I think what we have seen, not just in Wyoming but across the country, is that Donald Trump has betrayed Republican voters. He’s lied to them. Those who support him have lied to them. And they’re using people’s patriotism against them. They’re preying on people’s patriotism,” she said.

“This is a great, a special, exceptional nation, and we need leaders who have reverence to our Constitution, are faithful to our Constitution, and will do what’s required to abide by our oath no matter whether it’s politically convenient. Kevin McCarthy does not fit that bill,” she said.

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“It was clear how that path would go. But that path would have required that I accept, that I embrace, that I perpetuate the big lie,” the representative said to Savannah Guthrie. “I think that is a red line. I don’t think anybody should be supporting those people. Republicans shouldn’t be supporting them.”

“I think the Republican party today is in very bad shape, and I think that we have a tremendous amount of work to do,” she said, as she argued that the GOP has “embraced Donald Trump, embraced his cult of personality, is looking the other way as he continues to do things like put out the names of FBI agents.”

And then she defended the FBI and its raid on former President Trump’s house.

“Just in the last few days, when he knows that our law enforcement is the target of violence, put out the lies that he has put out in the last few days about what happened in the search warrant execution at Mar-a-Lago,” the representative said. “Every Republican, every American should reject those. And I certainly know there are millions of Republicans and Americans across this country who will.”

She was asked point blank if she intended to campaign for president.

“That’s a decision I’m going to make in the coming months,” she said. “It is something I’m thinking about and I’ll make a decision in the coming months.”

It was similar to what she said on Tuesday night after defeat.

Cheney talked about how she won her last election by a 73-point margin and how “I could easily have done the same again.”

“The path was clear. But it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election. It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our republic,” she said.

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“That was a path I could not and would not take,” she said.

What a hero. But she believes she is even more heroic than that as she compared herself to Abraham Lincoln.

“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all,” she said to her supporters in Jackson, Wyoming. “Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”

“Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said, ‘We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.’ As we meet here tonight, that remains our greatest and most important task,” she said.

But she was not done. She gave some insight into her future plans and to no one’s surprise they involve her obsession with Trump.

“Freedom must not, cannot, and will not die here,” she said. “We must be very clear-eyed about the threat we face, and about what is required to defeat it. I have said since January 6th, that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office, and I mean it.”

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