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Rep. Wyoming’s Liz Cheney called “large swaths” of the Republican Party “very sick” in an interview summarizing her failed bid to stay in office.
Cheney, who was asked by ABC News what she thought her loss said about the Republican Party, said it meant former President Donald Trump’s stranglehold on the party.
“It clearly says that [Trump’s] hold is very strong among some sections of the Republican Party. My state of Wyoming is not necessarily a representative sample of the party,” Cheney said.
Wyoming is one of the reddest states in the union.
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Cheney continued: “I think there’s a few things in there. I think people keep believing the lie. They keep believing what he says, which is dangerous.”
Cheney is Trump’s most prominent Republican critic since he left office. She has used her position on the Jan. 6 House selection committee to criticize Trump for his efforts to undo the 2020 election.
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Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman defeated Cheney by 37 points on Tuesday.
“I think it also tells you that large parts of our party, including our party leadership, are very sick,” she claimed.
Cheney will need some of those voters if she decides to run for president in 2024, as she has said she is considering it.
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Republican party leader McCarthy said earlier this week that he believes he will be the next Speaker of the House.
“I believe so. We will win the majority and I will be the speaker. Yes,” McCarthy said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday, pointing to the GOP’s likely regain of the House majority at the interim November elections.
However, Cheney feels he shouldn’t be.
“I don’t believe he should be the Speaker of the House and I think that has been very clear,” she said.