Liz Cheney may no longer hold an official political position in Washington, but she sure isn’t sitting on the sidelines.
Unlike what many other former politicians would do, though, Cheney is attacking a member of her own party.
Recently, Cheney – the former Republican representative from Wyoming who didn’t even win the GOP primary during last year’s midterm cycle – launched a new ad campaign in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire. The goal of the ad is to warn voters in the state against voting for former President Donald Trump.
The ad features clips of both Trump himself as well as the Capitol riot that took place on January 6 of 2021. Cheney – who infamously served as the vice chair of the Democrat-led special House committee investigating the attacks – says the voiceover on the ad:
“Donald Trump has proven he is unfit for office. Donald Trump is a risk America can never take again.”
Cheney has consistently attacked Trump, and she was one of only a handful of Republicans in the House to vote for his second impeachment following the Capitol riot. Trump then targeted her specifically while he was out of office, putting a lot of time and effort into successfully making sure she didn’t win re-election.
Now, Cheney seems to be trying to play the same game with Trump. In the video, she says:
“Donald Trump is the only president in American history who has refused to guarantee the peaceful transfer of power. He lost the election, and he knew it. He betrayed millions of Americans by telling them the election was stolen. He ignored the rulings of dozens of courts.
“Rather than accept his defeat, he mobilized a mob to come to Washington and march on the Capitol. Then, he watched on television while the mob attacked law enforcement, invaded the Capitol and hunted the vice president.”
The ad will start to air on Wednesday this week, which is when Trump has a planned town hall meeting with CNN in New Hampshire. NBC News reported this information, and the fact that the ad is being released by Cheney’s PAC, which is called The Great Task.
This is the level that Cheney has now stooped to, since she no longer holds a prominent political position. Even before she lost re-election during last summer’s primary in Wyoming, she was removed from her position in GOP leadership in the House, where she used to serve as the third-ranking Republican member.
This all happened after she continually denied the election fraud claims that Trump was professing, and then criticized him and anyone who supported him for it.
Representative Harriet Hageman eventually unseated Cheney during Wyoming’s primary last summer, thanks in large part to the backing she got from Trump. On Tuesday, Hageman commented:
“There is one person who Republican voters wish would go away, and it’s not Donald Trump. It’s Liz Cheney.”
She further said that Cheney had a “personal vendetta” against the former president and that she was launching “ineffective TV ads to settle a personal score.”