Anti-Trump U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney revealed an amazing level of inflated self-importance this week when, after being crushed in the Wyoming Republican congressional primary, she compared herself favorably to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, and coyly suggested she would run for president in 2024, if only to prevent Donald Trump from re-entering the White House.
The liberal media will undoubtedly indulge Cheney’s fantasy. Not only because they, too, hate former President Trump, but also because they understand something she apparently doesn’t: that even if she becomes the GOP nominee, no one on either side is going to vote for her.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, also a prominent Trump critic who knows what it means to lose a presidential election, made this fact clear this week.
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At an event in his home state of Utah, Romney, who lost to former President Barack Obama in 2012, made sure the audience knew he was “not in collaboration” with any plan Cheney may have to run for president, the Deseret News reported.
Romney, like Cheney, voted to boot Trump from office following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. He also supported Cheney in her re-election bid, which flamed out this week after she lost to Trump-endorsed lawyer Harriet Hageman by a 37-point margin.
Said Romney, “I’m not going to encourage anyone to run for president. I’ve done that myself, and that’s something I’m not doing again. I don’t know if she really wants to do that. She would not become the nominee if she were to run. I can’t imagine that would occur.”
“I don’t think someone who is seen outside the Trump circle would have any realistic chance of becoming the nominee in 2024, barring something I can’t foresee at this stage,” he told the News. “If he doesn’t run again, I think it’ll be people who either were supporters of his or people who didn’t say much about him and then would be open to become the nominee.”
Considering the popularity of Trump and Trump-style figures with GOP voters, Cheney would face a “very difficult, an almost impossible” task in trying to become the nominee, Romney said.
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“My party has changed a great deal over the last decade. It will change again over the next 10 years. I can’t tell you how, but I think we’ll have more voices than one at some point,” Romney added.
“But right now one voice, and that’s President Trump’s voice, is the loudest and the strongest and bucking him is something people will do at their peril.”
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