Former Rep. Liz Cheney urged Nikki Haley to stay in the Republican primary race until Super Tuesday on an episode of “I could save America” which will be announced on Friday. Cheney, an outspoken critic of former President Donald J. Trump, called her candidacy an “existential threat” to the nation and praised Haley for running against him, despite her long odds.
“We need to make sure we challenge him and work to defeat him every step of the way. And right now, Nikki Haley is in this fight, and I think she should stay in it,” Cheney said, according to a transcript of the interview shared with The New York Times.
Cheney has not endorsed any presidential candidate and has hinted at the possibility of running for a third party herself. She didn’t rule it out on the podcast, telling Jon Favreau, the podcast’s host and former speechwriter in the Obama administration, that she “certainly” believes a third-party candidate, whether she or anyone else, will run. The candidacy. race before November.
“I guess we’ll see what happens,” he said. “You know, my number one priority is to defeat him and I think that will guide what I ultimately decide to do.”
He dismissed the idea that Trump had all but clinched his party’s nomination and criticized Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, for urging republicans to solidify support for Trump after his victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
“It is inappropriate, to say the least, for the chairman of the Republican National Committee to claim that the primaries are over when they are not over yet,” Ms. Cheney said.
Cheney has long criticized her Republican colleagues who bow to Trump and in the interview singled out Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who endorsed Trump at a rally in New Hampshire last week, months after suspending his own party. . primary offer. The endorsement fueled further speculation that Trump may be considering Scott as his running mate. On Tuesday, Cheney called another potential vice presidential candidate, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, “acrackpot.”
“There are members who used to be responsible, thoughtful and honorable. And now, for some reason, they feel like they can get rid of all that in the name of loyalty to Trump,” he said.
Another subject of Cheney’s ire on the podcast was Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader. He called him “disgusting” for indicating that he would walk away from a deal with Democrats on immigration legislation after Trump called on lawmakers to oppose it.
“In my opinion, history will judge them as harshly as it will judge Trump because he can’t do what he’s doing without them,” Cheney said.