Appearing on Newsmax’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight” on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. called out RINO Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for ‘grifting,’ saying that she’s “auditioning for the role” of a fake conservative on CNN.
The outgoing Wyoming congresswoman — who experienced a devastating defeat in her primary election to pro-Trump conservative candidate Harriet Hageman, losing by a 38% margin — hinted at a potential 2024 presidential campaign following her primary loss.
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Cheney said that she is not done with her crusade to keep former President Donald Trump out of the White House — but if she runs for president, she is just going to “peel” off votes from President Joe Biden, Trump Jr. asserted.
“A 40-point drubbing doesn’t make you Abraham Lincoln; it certainly doesn’t make you Ulysses S. Grant, either,” he said, referring to Cheney’s concession speech in which she blamed Trump for her primary loss and compared herself to former Republican Party founders.
“I think that’s the problem with people like Liz Cheney,” Trump Jr. continued. “They hear what CNN wants them to believe is a conservative. They don’t listen to their constituency. They certainly don’t listen to the people of the state of Wyoming, which I believe is perhaps the most conservative state in the union. And they believe that that means there is a very presidential contender.”
“It’s just one big grift, ultimately, Rob,” he added. “She’s auditioning for the role of the ‘conservative’ — you know, in air quotes — on CNN while simultaneously running for a board seat at Raytheon, so we can continue the endless wars. And then she’s gonna grift and try to find, you know, the Joe Walsh lane for president to be funded by, you know, the Lincoln Project. It never ends and, you know, I think she’s going to probably learn that the hard way.”
Trump Jr. went on to predict that the U.S. is “probably done with Cheneys in American politics,” saying “good riddance.”
The former president’s son also noted that Cheney’s work on the House Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot shows that she “is a conservative that does whatever the Democrats want when it actually matters.”
“Otherwise, it’s actually a fairly peaceful existence,” Trump Jr. continued. “It’s easy to be a Republican in D.C. if you’re the one that gives up, if you don’t hold the line when it actually matters, and Liz Cheney is the perfect example of that.”
When it comes to Cheney’s presidential aspirations, Trump Jr. cited the lack of Democrat support for her in her Wyoming primary — despite her begging for Democrats to switch parties to help her win, even sending out mailers explaining how to change party affiliation to vote in the Republican primary. He noted that, because they didn’t show up for her, it shows that they want nothing to do with her as a president either.
Perhaps anti-Trumpers disenfranchised by Biden could be persuaded not to vote for him and to choose Cheney instead, if she chose to run as an independent in 2024, Trump Jr. suggested.
“I thought about it a little bit: I think she probably peels away more from the Joe Biden or whoever it may be — the Lincoln Project types who, you know, maybe they could vote for a Republican, but they’re not going to vote for Joe Biden, even if they’d never vote for Donald Trump,” Trump Jr. said.
“I think she’s probably far more appealing to that segment of the population, than to actual Republican voters,” he added. “And so I imagine that given the disastrous economy, foreign policy, — everything of this failed administration currently — I imagine she actually peels off away more voters from that than she ever would of a true conservative running for the president of United States.”