President Joe Biden phoned Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the aftermath of her crushing primary defeat on Tuesday to Trump-backed primary challenger Harriet Hageman.
It is an understatement to say that must have been an interesting conversation. Cheney of course is a Republican and theoretically an opponent of the president, but all that changed when she threw her weight behind the mob trying to take the former president down.
Details of the call were not revealed by either party, but Cheney quickly declared that she is continuing her fight to keep Trump out of the White House. Her bond with Biden had been evident since she fist-bumped the Democrat when he arrived for his State of the Union speech in April.
Needless to say, Wyoming Republicans were not happy, and that was glaringly apparent on election night when she took a blistering 37-point defeat.
Cheney came out swinging after her crushing loss, saying she will still do whatever it takes to keep Trump from returning to the White House.
Biden reached out to Cheney, who has said that she is considering launching a presidential campaign in the coming months to challenge Trump’s expected candidacy. https://t.co/yynPTZvXiP
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Apparently she believes that path may mean her own run for the presidency, though she is known almost entirely for her family name and demagoguery against Trump. She is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Republican Party has been efficient in dealing with those who voted to turn on their president in the impeachment that followed the Jan. 6 incident at the Capitol. Of the ten, Cheney is the fourth to be defeated in her primary, and four others decided not to seek reelection.
Perhaps Cheney sees her defeat as a springboard to higher office. In her concession speech, she evoked the memory of another Republican who suffered defeats, Abraham Lincoln, on his way to the White House.
Biden has a clear record of cozying up to Republicans who turn their backs on former President Trump. Cheney is just another on the list of those he reached out to and presumably thanked for their support.
However, Wyoming Republicans spoke clearly on Tuesday about their feelings over one of their own taking that path. But if she thinks Biden’s support will translate into a run for the White House, there may be some oceanfront property in Wyoming up for sale soon.