There is only one way to power
Liz Cheney could become Trump’s nightmare
By Roland Peters
The US Capitol Storm Commission of Inquiry conducts public hearings for a month. What is former President Trump’s responsibility for the violence of January 6, 2021? Republican Liz Cheney made a name for herself after an opponent who, in turn, wants to eliminate her.
Time is running out in political Washington. The presidency of Donald Trump still hangs like a cloud over the US capital, cleaning up broken pieces, internal party struggles among Republicans, and at the same time trying to write into the books of history, which will eventually become the truth. Congress’s investigation into the storm on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 is now entering its final, most spectacular phase. For about a month now, politicians have wanted to hear key witnesses in six hearings broadcast by television in the House of Representatives.
The commission has already interviewed over 1,000 people. Investigations focus on two points: What was the plan of the attackers? What is Donald Trump’s responsibility for violence, death, and chaos? The answers are now presented in excerpts on television. The first hearing, Thursday night, local time, will take on the role of the Proud Boys, the nationalist militia committed to the storming of the Capitol. One of the main figures in this public political theater is Co-President and Republican Liz Cheney. The 55-year-old is battling Trump, as is Republican investigative committee member Adam Kinzinger.
While Kinzinger has already announced that he no longer wants to compete due to his frustration at the polarity and hostility towards him, Cheney has clearly stood out with his opposition. Immediately after January 6, she was one of 10 Republicans to vote for Trump’s indictment. Cheney’s open confrontation has attracted the anger of Trump’s wing, but also public attention. The party removed her from the club in the House of Representatives last year. Her own regional association in Wyoming then stated that it no longer considered Cheney a Republican.
Just as she became a hate figure for Trump supporters, she will pioneer the rest of the party to once again free Republicans from the ex-president’s influence. This is exactly what she intends to do: she wants to “be one of the leaders in the fight to restore the party’s former conditions,” she said last year. This includes withdrawing their support for Trump, which would favor a clear verdict from their commission of inquiry. It intends to present its final report in September.
Cheney now looks like a defender of democracy. “We are at a point where we need to decide whether to put our love for our country above a guerrilla stance,” she said a few days ago. “And for me, there is no gray area.” In “large parts of the republicans” he observes a “cult of personality” around Trump. There are too many people in the party who have declared their loyalty to him and are therefore acting irresponsibly.
Cheney’s public speaking time starting now is a bet on how Republican voters will perceive her. He will not be able to convince the Democrats with his critical attitude. Cheney is an old school Republican: tough in foreign and security policy for a small state and low taxes. Some political strategists in Washington say her long-term strategy is to become president herself. In the event of a possible rivalry with Trump, the fact that she is a woman can bet on her hand – because they are more critical of the former president than men.
Without her father, she would hardly get to where she is now: Liz is the daughter of Dick Cheney, vice president of George W. Bush from 2001-2009. During this time, she made a meteoric career at the State Department – her father previously also served as head of the State Department – and other government agencies. A high-level position in the Ministry was created for her, where she was responsible for economic aspects in the Middle East. When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 on the basis of falsified evidence and overthrew disgraced leader Saddam Hussein in Washington, Liz Cheney’s position made her one of the key figures in the failed American nation-building plan. To this day, he defends the invasion of Iraq.
Cheney has time, Trump doesn’t
A look back at Cheney’s political career reveals the near-consistent growth pioneered by her family and ambition. In 2014, Cheney unsuccessfully tried to run for Wyoming in the Senate. Two years later, she entered Congress as a representative. The least populous state in the US is a safe bet for Republicans. The last time a Democrat won a sole seat in the House of Representatives was in 1977.
In the upcoming fall congressional elections, she will stand for a further two years in the House of Representatives, again against her internal party rival Harriet Hageman. Trump wants to prevent a re-election of Cheney as much as possible and weaken his opponent as much as possible. So two weeks ago, the former president appeared on a campaign in Wyoming to support Hageman. Cheney is spreading “a grotesquely false, made-up, hysterical, guerrilla story,” said Trump.
Hageman and Trump stand a good chance of success. In 2016 and 2020, he was doing better than Cheney in Wyoming. This shows that his support may garner a sufficient number of votes. The decisive primaries on the candidacy will be held in August. According to a May poll by the Republican poll agency, 26 percent. would choose Cheney, but 56 percent. would choose Hageman. But even if Cheney did lose her place, her clear standing could pay off. She has the best contacts anyway, but is now also one of the most recognizable Republican faces.
It is very likely that Trump is running again in the upcoming presidential election in 2024. According to polls, the vast majority of Republicans would vote for it. Cheney also did not rule out applying for the candidacy by 2024. Then Trump’s renewed path to power would only lead through them. After 2024, the former president will probably be too old for another term of office, but by that time his influence will weaken and the members of the party wing will change direction. In any case, Cheney has an undeniable advantage: time. She is 20 years younger than Trump.