Liz Cheney Says Trump Won’t Leave Office If Reelected
As former President Donald Trump continues to shine amid the pool of GOP presidential nominee-hopefuls, former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is concerned about the future of American democracy should he win the 2024 election, as she is convinced he will not leave the position at the end of his term.
In a Monday interview with NBC’s “Today,” she suggests that Trump’s possible return to power could have far-reaching consequences for the nation.
When asked if the upcoming election was a crucial vote for the preservation of democracy, Cheney responded, “It certainly is.”
She went further; “Donald Trump told us exactly what he will do. He will not abide by the rulings of the courts. He will certainly appoint people to office whether or not they can be confirmed by the Senate. He has talked about using the military in terms that really are un-American, including here in the United States. So it is a very dangerous moment, and it is a moment for people to understand that that cannot be the path that we go down as a country.”
Host Savannah Guthrie asked whether Trump, if reelected, would attempt to remain in office indefinitely. In response, Cheney stated, “There’s no question.”
She went on to assert that Trump would pursue the extension of his presidency beyond the constitutionally mandated two terms.
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In an attempt to back up her claims, Cheney pointed to Trump’s actions leading up to the Capitol protest on Jan. 6, 2021. “And, in fact, if you look at what he did in the run-up to January 6th, in terms of his pressure on the Vice President not to count legitimate electoral votes, his pressure on the Department of Justice, on state officials, and then refusing to send help when the Capitol was under attack. He’s already attempted to seize power,” she stated.
Cheney, a vocal critic of Trump, has consistently warned about the potential consequences of his return to the White House. She also used her forthcoming book, “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning,” to discourage readers from the prospect of electing the GOP presidential candidate once more.
During an interview with CBS, she likened Trump’s reelection as president to America “sleepwalking into dictatorship.”
However, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) believes Cheney’s hatred of Trump is the one talking. Speaking with CNN on Sunday, Graham argued that Trump’s leadership was effective in addressing issues such as border security and international threats, such as those in Ukraine and with terrorist organizations.
For him and many Republicans, Trump is “the only person who is really going to fix” the border crisis and other issues the United States has been grappling with under the Biden administration.