Representative Liz Cheney embraces House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats on the campaign trail in an effort to prevent former President Donald Trump and his allies from winning a Republican majority in Congress after the midterm elections.
Cheney, who is retiring after an easy defeat in Wyoming’s GOP primary this year, has endorsed at least two Democratic candidates within a week of Election Day. Hailing from a once powerful and influential Republican family, Cheney kicked off the campaign trail Tuesday for an event with Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 7th congressional district.
“If we want to ensure the survival of our republic, we have to get away from politics as usual,” Cheney said at a rally for Slotkin on Tuesday. “We need to stand up, each of us, and say we’re going to do what’s right for this country. We’re going to look beyond partisan politics.”
Slotkin, running in a newly drawn district, is one of the most vulnerable House Democrats leading this cycle. Cheney said backing Slotkin “wasn’t a tough call at all” compared to Michigan State Sen. Tom Barrett, the GOP nominee.
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“There is one very, very big thing that we agree on and that is the preservation of American democracy,” Slotkin said.
Although Slotkin was Cheney’s first Democratic endorsement, she certainly won’t be the last. The Wyoming Republican also backs U.S. Senate Representative Tim Ryan from Ohio against Republican author JD Vance.
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Cheney’s political action committee, The Great Task, is spending $500,000 on an ad in Arizona criticizing Republican candidates for governor and secretary of state for allegedly refusing the 2020 election.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever voted for a Democrat. But if I lived in Arizona, I absolutely would,” Cheney says in the ad. “You have a gubernatorial candidate, Kari Lake, and a candidate for secretary of state, Mark Finchem, who both said they would only honor an election if they agreed with it. .
In addition to campaigning for candidates and spending money attacking Republicans, Cheney also praised Pelosi, D-California, and the speaker’s leadership style.
“Everyone knows she’s a liberal of San Francisco [and] I’m a conservative from Wyoming, there are many, many issues, maybe most issues, that we disagree on,” Cheney told the City Club in Cleveland earlier this week. “But I think she’s a terrific leader.”
Much of Cheney’s support for Democrats stems from his opposition to Trump. Cheney said a Republican majority in the House would be dangerous because many of its members and leaders have committed themselves more to Trump than to the US Constitution.
“The people who run the House of Representatives in a Republican majority will give authority and power to some of the more radical members of the conference and I don’t think that’s good for the country,” Cheney said.
Allies say the low opinion of Republicans, particularly House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is behind Cheney’s decision to campaign for the Democrats.
“She is convinced that there is something wrong with our politics and wants to try to fix it,” said a moderate House Republican, who opposed efforts to remove Cheney from the team. House leadership last year. “But, I think she feels like the only people who share that assessment are the Democrats.”
It remains to be seen whether Cheney will endorse or campaign for more Democrats with the midterm elections taking place next week. Fox News Digital’s requests for comment from Cheney’s political action committee were not returned.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was once considered the epitome of the Republican establishment. That changed after Trump came on the scene.
Trump, a populist Republican, spent much of his 2016 presidential campaign repudiating the neoconservative foreign policy long associated with Dick Cheney and former President George W. Bush. Once in office, Trump pursued policies on trade and immigration that only deepened the ideological divide.
Cheney supported much of Trump’s agenda throughout his tenure. In 2019, she was elected head of the House Republican Conference. In that work, she helped craft talking points for House Republicans to defend Trump in his first impeachment trial.
After the 2020 election, Cheney broke with Trump over claims the contest was rigged. She voted to impeach him in early 2021 for allegedly instigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The decision to cross Trump led House Republicans to oust Cheney from his leadership position. She only angered them further by serving on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 incident after McCarthy, Calif., decided to boycott her work.
“As a nation today, we face continued aggression from the former president and people who are spreading his lie,” Cheney said.
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Cheney’s service on the committee was, in part, one of the reasons she lost her nomination that year. His Trump-endorsed challenger, Harriet Hageman, made Cheney’s service on the panel a focal point of the campaign.
“It was an endless witch-hunt referendum,” Trump said in response to Cheney’s loss. “The people have spoken!