Cheney to continue outspoken opposition to Trump, likely in cable news gig

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) suffered a resounding defeat in Wyoming’s primary elections Tuesday. Though she won’t be serving in the House next year, the soon-to-be ex-congresswoman has strongly indicated that she intends to remain engaged in national politics, if only as an outspoken opponent of former President Donald Trump.

There has been widespread and varied speculation about what Cheney’s potential future holds, but consensus has begun to form on one thing that will likely be a stop on Cheney’s path, if not her final destination altogether — a paid gig on TV as an anti-Trump Republican voice, Breitbart reported.

Whether that ends up being a paid contributorship on CNN or MSNBC, or perhaps even a slot at the table on ABC’s “The View,” remains to be seen, but the odds seem good that one of those will serve as a landing spot for her precipitous fall from the good graces of a majority of GOP voters.

Not humbled and not going away

The end of Rep. Cheney’s congressional career became apparent as soon as polls closed in Wyoming Tuesday evening when she lost by nearly 40 points to Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman, but one likely wouldn’t know it by the defiant “concession speech” she delivered that night.

Cheney compared herself favorably to former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant — the latter for his actions as a Union general — and likened her fervent opposition to Trump and those who support him to Lincoln and Grant’s efforts to defeat the Confederacy in the Civil War.

She further made it abundantly clear that, regardless of the embarrassing loss, she would not be retreating from the realm of politics but would instead redouble her efforts to undermine and destroy Trump and Trumpism and all who associate with and support the former president and his America First anti-establishment policies.

All signs point to Cheney ending up on TV

That work began immediately, Politico reported, as Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told the outlet, “In coming weeks, Liz will be launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president.”

That organization could eventually be converted into a launch pad for a potential 2024 presidential bid, but its primary purpose initially would likely just be to keep Cheney in the public eye, as Politico noted that other NeverTrump GOPers like her “have struggled to remain relevant out of office when their main platform is a cable news panel.”

A spot on a cable news panel seems inevitable at some point, though, as was noted in a speculative report from The Hill about Cheney’s options for a political future.

That report mentioned a potential 2024 bid — and whether she would run to win or simply to ensure Trump will lose — and also theorized on how Cheney will likely attempt to milk her remaining time on the anti-Trump House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot for all that it is worth.

Once she has left Congress but before the 2024 cycle kicks into gear, The Hill suggested other options for Cheney could include writing a book, joining a Washington D.C. think tank, or launching her own political action committee.

The most likely outcome, however, at least in the foreseeable future, would be Cheney “joining the cable news circuit as a commentator or analyst, which would give the congresswoman a sizable platform to take on the former president and denounce his false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.”

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