Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said on Saturday that she will not remain a Republican if former President Donald Trump is the GOP presidential nominee in the 2024 elections, and that she would also be willing to campaign for Democrats to stop GOP nominee Kari Lake from being elected in the Arizona gubernatorial race.
Cheney, who has been called a "Republican in name only" by others in her party and lost the Republican primary to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman in August, made the comments at The Texas Tribune festival in Austin.
When asked by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith whether doing everything she can to ensure Lake is not elected included campaigning for Democrats, Cheney simply stated: "Yes."
Cheney, who has become one of the most vocal voices in the Republican Party against former President Donald Trump, later added that she would not remain a Republican if he were to gain the party’s nomination in 2024.
"I’m going to make sure Donald Trump, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee. And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican," Cheney said.
Cheney also mentioned Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who has said he will campaign for Lake.
'Comfortable Supporting Republican Candidates'"That’s the kind of thing we cannot see in our party; we cannot see an accommodation like that, and I think it’s very important that we be clear about that," Cheney added.
Youngkin defended campaigning for Lake at the Texas Tribune Festival on Friday, noting that while he is "comfortable supporting Republican candidates," they do not agree on everything.
Asked whether she herself would run for president in 2024, Cheney did not provide a decisive answer.
"It's not about me or making a decision about what I'm going to do," she said. "I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn't anywhere close to the Oval Office."
Cheney announced in August that she's considering running for president in 2024 but has not yet made a decision on the potential run.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump. She is also one of two Republican members sitting on the Democrat-led House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.
The House committee is set to return on Wednesday for its next public hearing.