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Unpopular Liz Cheney claims in ’60 Minutes’ fluff hit she ‘absolutely’ can defeat Trump-backed challenger

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., may have former President Donald Trump opposing her reelection effort, but she has the Trump-hating liberal media firmly on her side as one of two “Pelosi Republicans” sitting on the politically-driven House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.

On Sunday night, Cheney was propped up in a full length “60 Minutes” feature — the program shamelessly likening her to “a Lone Ranger riding out of the west” in her “unabashed defiance” of Trump — and while the lawmaker declared that she could “absolutely” win in 2022, the segment proved that the only thing she has going for her is her opposition to Trump. How well that feat plays with Republican voters remains to be seen.

In fact, Trump’s name came up in the interview before Cheney appeared on screen. And when she did, Cheney did not disappoint her generous hosts, slamming the former president right out of the gate by claiming he “betrayed and misled, and deceived” millions of people around the country

Cheney offered the obligatory criticism of President Joe Biden’s “disastrous policies,” but even used that as a springboard to slam Trump.

“But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn’t believe in the rule of law, and who violated his oath of office,” she proclaimed.

Asked by “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl if she can defeat primary challenger Harriet Hageman, who won Trump’s endorsement, Cheney replied, “Absolutely. I think it’s going to be the most important House race in the country in 2022. And it will be one where people do have the opportunity to say, ‘We want to stand for the Constitution.'”


(Video: CBS News)

“A vote against me in this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed is a vote for somebody who’s willing to perpetuate the big lie, somebody who’s willing to put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution,” she added.

Cheney also targeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for not going along with the prescribed “insurrection” narrative after the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.

“What he’s done is embrace Donald Trump,” she said. “And if I were doing what he’s doing, I would be deeply ashamed of myself. I don’t know how you explain that to your children. When you are in a situation where you have somebody who did what Donald Trump did, it is absolutely clear he cannot continue to be somebody you embrace.”

The Wyoming Republican claimed that there are a number of people in her party from both the House and Senate who privately support her.

“The argument that you often hear is that if you do something that is perceived as against Trump that you’ll put yourself in political peril,” Cheney said on why they don’t come forward. “And that’s a self-fulfilling prophesy because if Republican leaders don’t stand up and condemn what happened then the voices in the party that are so dangerous will only get louder and stronger.”

The “dangerous” voices being Trump supporters, of course.

Cheney told “60 Minutes” she was “wrong” to oppose same-sex marriage in 2013, which caused a public split with her family, including her sister, Mary who is gay, and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who came out in support of the issue.

“I was wrong. I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much,” she told an impressed Stahl. “It’s a very personal issue, and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation.”

Sounding more and more like a Democrat, Cheney added: “This is an issue that we have to recognize you know, as human beings that we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country, in our state. We were at an event a few nights ago and, and there was a young woman who said she doesn’t feel safe sometimes because she’s transgender. And nobody should feel unsafe. Freedom means freedom for everybody.”

Tom Tillison

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