It has become clear in recent months that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and former President Donald Trump have become bitter partisan rivals despite belonging to the same party.
In recent days, the feud has reportedly hit a fever pitch, punctuated by a scathing statement issued by Trump on Tuesday.
“Looking for a way out”
In it, he held nothing back as he excoriated the Wyoming Republican — particularly dialing in on her sagging poll numbers and suggesting that it would be embarrassing for her to mount a 2024 presidential bid. As in the past, Trump was not shy in leveling intense criticism against his political enemy.
“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race,” Trump claimed.
He went on to predict that “there is no way she can win,” speculating that she will “either be yet another lobbyist or maybe embarrass her family by running for President, in order to save face.”
Trump slammed Cheney as a “warmongering fool” who “wants to stay in the Middle East and Afghanistan for another 19 years, but doesn’t consider the big picture — Russia and China!”
Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in with a tweet taking aim at the congresswoman’s dwindling support from within the GOP.
Possible 2024 rivalry
“I can only assume this means that Lincoln Project Liz is planning a primary challenge to Joe Biden for the Dem nomination because God knows she’d be lucky to break 5% running in the 2024 Republican primary,” the younger Trump wrote in reference to reports of Cheney’s possible White House ambitions.
For her part, Cheney has issued a series of critical statements aimed at the former president while hinting about her future plans.
In a recent interview with the New York Post, she indicated that she remains open to the idea of launching a presidential bid in 2024. If she does, there is a chance that she would square off against Trump, who has hinted that he is “very seriously” considering another campaign for a second term.
Cheney was one of a handful of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the wake of January’s riot on Capitol Hill and has since confirmed that she would not support him if he mounted another presidential campaign.
Although she reportedly leads a coalition of House Republicans in favor of distancing from Trump ahead of next year’s midterm elections, she remains widely unpopular among much of the GOP — including those in her home state. Whatever her future political ambitions might include, it is anything but certain that she represents the future of her party.