Rep. Liz Cheney is comparing herself to one of America’s most historical presidents after the loss of the Wyoming primaries Tuesday. Cheney lost substantially to fellow GOP candidate Harriet Hageman.
Tuesday evening Cheney used her concession speech to compare her loss to former President Abraham Lincoln, noting he had also lost elections for House and Senate seats before “winning the most important election of all.”
“Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history. Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said, ‘That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and a government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.’ As we meet here tonight, that remains our greatest and most important task.”
Tony Katz says she had the opportunity to create a government such as the one she quoted, but was too hung up on keeping former President Trump out of office.
“Wouldn’t that government be closer to being if you had focused on the task at hand? Not joining the January 6th committee, not giving up a rational conversation for irrational retribution?”
While Cheney did vote in favor of the Republican Party often, she has a history of being outspoken about Trump. She commented in an interview that her path to victory would’ve been easy if she had gone along with Trump’s accusations of a rigged presidential election in 2020.
Hageman, who was backed by Trump, will take Cheney’s seat in January.