Rep. Liz Cheney hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats as they campaign 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 being easily defeated in Wyoming’s GOP primary this year, has confirmed at least two Democratic candidates a week before Election Day. Born into a once-powerful and influential Republican family, Cheney hit the campaign trail Tuesday for an event with two-time Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 7th congressional district.
“If we are to ensure the survival of our republic, we must withdraw from politics as usual,” Cheney said Tuesday at a rally for Slotkin. “We have to stand up, each of us, and say we’re going to do what’s right for this country. We will look beyond party politics.”
Slotkin, who is running in a newly drawn district, is one of the most vulnerable House Democrats to go through this cycle. Cheney said supporting Slotkin was “not a difficult decision at all” over Michigan State Senator Tom Barrett, the GOP nominee.
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“There’s one really, really big thing that we agree on, and that’s the preservation of American democracy,” Slotkin said.
While Slotkin was Cheney’s first endorsement of the Democrats, it certainly won’t be the last. The Wyoming Republican is also backing Rep. Tim Ryan of the US Senate in 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 nominees for governor and secretary of state for their alleged rejection of the 2020 election.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever voted for a Democrat. But if I lived in Arizona, I certainly would,” Cheney said in the ad. “They have a candidate for governor, Kari Lake, and a candidate for secretary of state, Mark Finchem, both of whom have said they will only honor an election if they agree to it.
Aside from campaigning for candidates and spending money on attacks on Republicans, Cheney also praised Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Speaker’s leadership style.
“Everyone knows she’s a liberal san francisco [and] I’m a Wyoming conservative, there are many, many issues, perhaps most issues, that we disagree on,” Cheney said at the City Club of Cleveland earlier this week. “But I think she’s a great leader.”
Much of Cheney’s support for the Democrats stems from her opposition to Trump. Cheney has claimed that a Republican majority in the House of Representatives would be dangerous because many of its members and leaders are more committed to Trump than to the US Constitution.
“The people who are going to run the Republican-majority House of Representatives are going to give authority and power to some of the most radical members of the conference, and I don’t think that’s good for the country,” Cheney said.
Allies say the somber view of Republicans, particularly House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is behind Cheney’s decision to campaign for the Democrats.
“She has a strong feeling that something is wrong with our policies and wants to try to fix the problem,” said a moderate House Republican who opposed efforts last year to remove Cheney from the House leadership team. “But I think she feels like the only people who share that sentiment are Democrats.”
It remains to be seen whether Cheney will support more Democrats or campaign for more Democrats in the midterm elections scheduled for next week. Fox News Digital’s requests for comment from Cheney’s political action committee went unanswered.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was once considered the epitome of the Republican establishment. However, that all changed after Trump took the stage.
Trump, a populist Republican, spent much of his 2016 presidential campaign rejecting the neocon foreign policy long associated with Dick Cheney and former President George W. Bush. Once in office, Trump pursued trade and immigration policies that only widened the ideological divide.
Cheney supported much of Trump’s agenda throughout his tenure. In 2019 she was elected chair of the House Republican Conference. In that job, she helped develop talking points for House Republicans to defend Trump during his first impeachment trial.
After the 2020 election, Cheney broke with Trump over claims the contest was rigged. She voted to indict him in early 2021 for allegedly instigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
The decision to get in Trump’s way resulted in House Republicans ousting Cheney from their leadership post. She only angered them further by taking a seat on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 incident after McCarthy, R-Calif., decided to boycott its trial.
“Today, as a nation, we face an ongoing onslaught from the former president and from people who are spreading his lies,” Cheney said.
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Cheney’s service on the committee was in part part of the reason she lost her renomination this year. Her Trump-backed challenger, Harriet Hageman, made Cheney’s service on the panel a focus of the campaign.
“This was a referendum on the never-ending witch hunt,” Trump said in response to Cheney’s loss. “The people have spoken!”