Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) isn’t going quietly; instead, the outgoing lawmaker is conducting a very vocal exit tour attacking many pro-Trump forces within the GOP in an attempt to prevent them from being elected to Congress.
In August, Cheney lost her Wyoming primary to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman. The writing was on the wall for Cheney, who went on a single-minded crusade against Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
Her vocal criticism of Trump made Cheney a pariah in her deep red state.
But, since losing her primary, Cheney has amplified her voice against Trump and his allies. In the last few weeks of her time in Congress, Cheney has been stumping for Democrats in battleground districts and warning voters that democracy will be threatened if Republicans win.
A week before the midterm elections (Tuesday, November 1), Cheney stumped for vulnerable Democratic incumbent Rep. Elissa Slotkin. Slotkin is a former Pentagon official who is up against Michigan state Senator Tom Barrett (R), who has claimed the legitimacy of the 2020 election is an “unknowable thing.”
Before Tuesday’s stumping, Cheney and Slotkin didn’t agree on many policy positions; but a common enemy — a pro-Trump candidate — had united the women, who noted that despite differences, they were joining forces to protect democracy from nefarious forces.
The women argue the threat to democracy has brought them together and want to convince voters that democracy being at risk should be the issue on the ballot.
At an event in Lansing, Cheney told the crowd that the “survival of the republic [is at stake]” while urging them “to walk away from politics as usual.”