Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), arguably the most prominent Republican critic of former President Donald Trump, lost her re-election bid Tuesday by a stunningly wide margin in a state where the former president remains overwhelmingly popular.
Following that decisive defeat to a Trump-endorsed primary challenger, Cheney delivered a defiant and delusional “concession” speech in which she favorably compared herself to Civil War-era heroes and seemed to insult the majority of her own constituents and fellow Republicans, RedState reported.
Further, she vowed to continue her obsessive fight against Trump and those who support him and even seemed to signal her intention to launch an absurd longshot anti-Trump bid for the presidency in 2024.
A “non-concession” concession speech
Even Politico, which has otherwise provided favorable coverage to the Trump-hating GOP congresswoman due to her vote to impeach the former president and token leadership position on the overtly partisan House committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021, categorized Rep. Cheney’s post-election remarks as a “non-concession” speech.
That speech came in the immediate aftermath of a nearly 40-point loss to challenger Harriet Hageman, who enjoyed the full backing of Cheney’s political nemesis Trump as well as roughly two-thirds of Wyoming’s voters.
Cheney’s defeat was so decisive that the race was called less than 30 minutes after polls had closed in the state, RedState noted, but the soon-to-be ex-congresswoman showed no contrition over the clear abandonment of her constituents or an ounce of humility in response to the unmistakeable message those voters gave her.
Instead, she likened herself to both former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant — the latter for his actions as a Union general — and her battle against Trump and Trumpism to the brutal and devastating Civil War, a modern version of which she clearly indicated that she will wage against the voter base of her own Republican Party and the people those voters choose to represent them.
Comparing her anti-Trump fixation to the Civil War
“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all,” Cheney said in her speech. “Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
She then quoted a portion of Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address and proceeded to compare that monumental Civil War battle with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in terms of the threat those clashes posed to the nation’s unity, and launched a rhetorical assault against Trump and all who share his skepticism over election integrity, who she clearly denounced as posing a deadly threat against “democracy.”
The Civil War comparisons were not done yet, though, as Cheney went on to cite how Union Gen. Grant had decided to press on toward the Confederate capitol of Richmond instead of falling back to Washington D.C. despite the horrific casualties suffered during the incredibly deadly and destructive Battle of the Wilderness in 1864.
“Lincoln and Grant and all who fought in our nation’s tragic Civil War, including my own great-great-grandfathers, saved our Union,” Cheney intoned. “Their courage saved freedom. And if we listen closely, they are speaking to us down the generations. We must not idly squander what so many have fought and died for.”
In the end, PJ Media characterized Cheney’s delusionally ludicrous speech — which has been touted by the same Democrats and biased media that will stab Cheney in the back as soon as her anti-Trump novelty wears off — as less of a concession speech and more of a cry for help, given that she is so obviously untethered from reality right now.