Defeated Trump critic likens herself to Abraham Lincoln — Analysis
Undaunted by a rebuke from Republican voters, Congresswoman Liz Cheney has compared herself to America’s most popular president
After being voted out of Congress by 37 percentage points in Wyoming’s Republican primary, US Representative Liz Cheney reacted to the lopsided defeat by comparing herself to the most revered president in American history, Abraham Lincoln, and hinted that she’ll try to follow his path to the White House.
“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all,” Cheney told supporters in Jackson, Wyoming, after losing Tuesday’s contest. “Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
Cheney, who in January 2021 voted for Donald Trump to be impeached and was accused of inciting the US Capitol Rebellion, only received 28.9% on Wednesday’s Republican vote. Harriet Hageman was her Trump-endorsed opponent. She is a lawyer, who has not held any political office.
Liz Cheney lost her Wyoming congressional seat almost 40 points ago. She compared herself with Abraham Lincoln during her concession speech. She’s truly gone insane. pic.twitter.com/T0DlPBsF2K
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 17, 2022
Cheney could still seek major promotions. She said in an NBC News interview on Wednesday that she’s thinking about running for president in 2024. She’s promised that she will. “whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.”
Cheney pointed out that Lincoln made a vow to do so in the Gettysburg Address. “government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this Earth.”She seemed to shrug off Tuesday’s vote. “As we meet here tonight, that remains our greatest and most important task.”
Conservatives mocked Cheney’s invocation of Lincoln’s name, which has been consistently the most beloved US president according to polls by C-SPAN. “A clear message is being sent about what the Republican Party needs to be,”US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). “It’s not anything like Liz Cheney, who is nothing like Abraham Lincoln.”
Two of the 10 Republicans that voted for Trump’s impeachment have any chance of winning a second term. Cheney was one of the four incumbents to lose their primaries, while four other Republicans chose not to run for reelection.