A failure for Trump’s main opponent in the party

Mati Barnhart, knitted news17.08.22 08:46 20 Bab Tishfav

A failure for Trump's main opponent in the party

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The fiercest opponent of Trump in the Republican Party, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, suffered a severe blow when she lost the primary in the state of Wyoming.

In her speech after announcing the loss, Cheney promised to continue the fight against the former president, who continues his grip on the party, and against the movement he leads that claims the 2020 election was “stolen” from him and he actually won.

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Of the 10 Republican House members who voted for Trump’s second impeachment and are facing a vote, Cheney is the eighth to lose and will not be the party’s representative next year.

Cheney’s loss, while expected, represents a broader trend in the battle over the direction the Republican Party is taking. Is this a “Trump’s” party, or is Trump losing his power.

Cheney was once considered a successful candidate with a bright future, but she was ousted from the party leadership last year following her unyielding opposition to Trump. Cheney has fallen behind in the polls after leading the January 6, 2021 Capitol takeover committee.

After the loss, Cheney hinted heavily about her future in politics: “The founder of our party, Abraham Lincoln, lost in the Senate and the House of Representatives before winning the most important election.”

In doing so, Cheney may be hinting at intentions to compete in the upcoming primaries for the presidency, ahead of the 2024 elections. There is much speculation as to who will run, with Trump already announcing his intention to try his luck again. It will probably be a battle with many contenders, similar to what happened in the primaries of both parties in the last decade.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will win again, or if there is room for change this time.

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