As you know, the 2022 midterm election cycle is upon us, with primaries occurring daily in several states. As such, some people are already moving on and looking to bigger things, such as the 2024 presidential election.
So far, there haven’t been many Democratic names being floated about, as it is assumed, although not suggested, that incumbent President Joe Biden will run again.
On the Republican side, however, the field has the potential to be quite crowded, much like it was for Democrats ahead of the 2020 election.
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Nearing the top of that list, of course, are names like former President Donald Trump and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis.
While neither has officially announced a run for the White House, many assume that they both will. The question is, who will the Party support more? A man who has already been in the White House but is aging and a bit of a liability? Or a younger, more charismatic, and predictable version?
Well, for Republican Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, she says neither.
The why for not supporting Trump should be pretty obvious. I mean, this is one of very few in the party who voted to impeach Trump in 2020, even though her state and constituents seem to have a very different view of him.
But as it turns out, her hatred for Trump is apparently the very reason why she wouldn’t likely support a DeSantis run either. According to her, the two are too similar.
She told the New York Times last week, “I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous.”
According to her, it’s dangerous for several reasons. One is that she doesn’t think he can win being so closely aligned to Trump.
But secondly, she thinks it would be dangerous for our nation. She explained that she believes the Republican Party is “very sick” and “is continuing to drive itself in a ditch, and I think it’s going to take several cycles if it can be healed.”
Notice the “if” in there. In fact, just before this, she mentioned that the party “may not be” salvageable at all. However, she isn’t exactly willing to change sides yet.
Instead, she would just “find it very difficult” to support someone like DeSantis, who she believes is part of the problem, as he supports Trump or at the very least supports many of the same agenda items and ideas as the former president.
However, several have mentioned that this lack of support for DeSantis or really anyone else at the moment might have more to do with a possible run for the White House for herself.
Now, of course, she hasn’t said as much. Instead, she says she’s very focused on her current campaign to keep her seat in Congress. And to be sure, it will take all of her energy to do that if that really is her goal. After all, recent polling shows her primary opponent ahead by some 20 points or more.
Then, again, if she does lose, it would free her up to begin campaigning for the Oval Office, wouldn’t it? And if Donald Trump does end up running again in 2024, the likelihood of her doing so as well increases exponentially.
Why? Well, because she’s vowed to make sure that Trump never holds office again and that the American people know just how big of a “liar” he supposedly is.
In an interview with Fox News, she even said she’d give up her seat in Congress to ensure we all “know the truth about Donald Trump.”
Then, in a separate interview with CNN’s Kasie Hunt, Cheney said it was time for a woman to rule and that she thought US voters were ready for that. When asked about herself running, she again noted that she was focused on her current campaign but noted that her dad, former vice president Dick Cheney, was a “big Liz Cheney supporter.”
Of course, if she can’t even win in her own state, what makes her think a shot at the White House will go any differently – especially if she’s up against people like Trump or DeSantis?
Clearly, she’s lost touch with the American people and what they want and need.