Fresh off her congressional primary loss, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday that she plans to be part of a bipartisan coalition whose goal is to ensure former President Donald Trump never holds office again.
“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic. And I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I intend to be a part of,” she said in an exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” show.
She reiterated that she will be doing “whatever it takes” to keep Trump from returning to the Oval Office in future elections.
NBC News projected Tuesday night that Cheney, former chairwoman of the House Republican Conference and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, lost her Republican primary to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.
With 99% of the vote in Wednesday, Hageman led Cheney by about 37 percentage points.
Cheney told “TODAY” from her home in Jackson, Wyoming, that defeating Hageman would have required that she “perpetuate the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that Trump had won it.
Asked if she plans to run for president, she first deflected and argued that the GOP needs to be taken in a different direction. “We’ve now got one major political party, my party, which has really become a cult of personality, and we’ve got to get this party back to a place where we’re embracing the values and the principles on which it was founded,” she said.