The third-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said that she would not support former President Donald Trump if he runs for president in 2024.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) made the comments at the end of an interview on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News Wednesday and got an immediate response from Trump.
“I’ve been very clear about my views about what happened on Jan. 6, about my views of the president’s culpability, I obviously voted to impeach him, I think that it was the gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history,” Cheney said.
“I think for us as a party, we’ve got to be the party of hope and aspiration, and we cannot embrace insurrection, we can’t minimize what happened on Jan. 6, and I think that all of us regardless of partisanship have an obligation and a duty to the Constitution.”
Cavuto then asked, “If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him?”
“I would not,” Cheney replied.
The former president released a statement Wednesday about Cheney shortly after her comment on Fox.
“And so many people, many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney—but we only want one,” read the statement from Trump.
“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen,” he added. “I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”
Trump and Cheney have sparred before over differing views on bringing U.S. troops back from the Middle East. She was also one of the 10 House Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach Trump after the U.S. Capitol breach on Jan. 6.
After the Wyoming congresswoman announced her intention to vote in favor of impeaching Trump, the state’s GOP put out a statement on Jan. 13 which in part read: “Wyoming voted for the reelection of President Trump by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent. 195,000 Wyomingites voted for President Trump. Representative Cheney is in Washington, D.C. to represent Wyoming’s interest, not the interest of the Beltway elites.”
After the impeachment effort and Trump’s acquittal, the Wyoming GOP put out another statement saying: “Wyoming believes in the rule of law and remains a MAGA state. Hats off to our U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) for voting with the prevailing side and commonsense Americans.”
In addition, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a supporter of Trump, went to Cheney’s home state to rally people not to vote for her reelection in 2022 and pushed a campaign to remove her from House leadership, which was not successful.
Despite the negative PR from Gaetz’s actions, Cheney’s office recently wrote in a Twitter post that her reelection campaign had raised $1.5 million in the first three months of 2021.
In his statement, Trump also had words of criticism for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who he said also needs to be replaced. Murkowski was one of the seven senators who voted to impeach Trump for the Jan. 6 breach.
Meanwhile, other Republicans who have said Trump was responsible for inciting the Jan. 6 riot have not yet made public statements on whether they will back Trump in 2024, should he be the GOP nominee.
However, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) who was one of the seven, said the former president has a great chance of winning the GOP presidential nomination if he does run.