Trump Foe Liz Cheney Has Not Ruled out 2024 US Presidential Run

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a rising Republican until she stood firmly in opposition to President Donald Trump, says she has not ruled out a presidential run in 2024.

“I’ll make a decision about ’24 down the road,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “The single most important thing is protecting the nation from Donald Trump.”

Cheney was one of just 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to impeach the former president for incitement of an alleged insurrection Jan. 6, 2021.

The 55-year-old is now vice chair of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee investigating whether Trump was responsible for the attack on the Capitol, as he sought Congress to debate the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes in key battleground states.

“A man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again,” Cheney said, telling ABC she thinks her Republican Party “can’t survive” if the real estate mogul wins the nomination again in 2024.

“Those of us who believe in Republican principles and ideals have a responsibility to try to lead the party back to what it can be,” she said.

Trump, who still holds outsize influence in the Republican Party, has discussed a potential new candidacy with increasing openness, with some outlets reporting he could announce his campaign by the end of July.

Even as Cheney – daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – mulls a White House bid she is fighting for her political life in Wyoming, where a Trump-backed rival is challenging her in the state’s Republican primary, to be held next month ahead of November’s midterm elections.

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Trump Rips ‘Fake News’ NY Times Report on Making Early 2024 Announcement

Firing back at The New York Times reporting former President Donald Trump will make an early 2024 campaign announcement as soon as July 4, Trump blasted the “fake news” without providing any clarity on his intentions.

“12 wins & zero losses this week (Mary Miller won against all odds), 33 & 0 in Texas, 132 & 7 this cycle — there has never been anything like ‘our’ endorsement — and the Fake News New York Times writes that I may announce an early presidential run because I haven’t done well with my endorsements,” Trump fired back at the Times on Saturday morning in a Truth Social post. “Actually, doing better than ever, breaking all records. We are dealing with very sick, bad people in the fake news media.”

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“Also, beating everybody in the polls by really big, record type, numbers!” Trump added in an ensuing post.

The Times claimed Trump might make a 2024 campaign announcement as soon as July 4 and might even do it from his Truth Social account.

Trump has long said he would wait to announce his campaign due to outdated campaign finance laws, including restricting how he uses his $100 million in his campaign war chest and restricting his biggest donors.

“His campaign would also be constrained by a strict $2,900-per-person donation cap for the primaries, meaning he could tap his largest donors only once over the next period of roughly two years to directly fund a candidacy,” according to the Times.

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Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel wants Trump to wait until after the midterms to announce, the Times reported. That has long been the expected timetable for Trump’s official declaration.

There has been some talk Trump might want to get out ahead of his potential competition by declaring before them. Also, there is increasing speculation his former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence,, and Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis might be closing in on an announcement sooner rather than later to get the wheels turning against Trump.

DeSantis is the only one polling consistently second to Trump.

NBC News had whispered July 4 as a Trump announcement day, but even former campaign adviser Jason Miller, who is urging Trump to run sooner than later, panned that as any kind of target date.

Trump has made multiple appearances on Newsmax recently, including this week with “Wake Up America” host Rob Finnerty, last weekend at a Save America rally in Illinois that aired live on Newsmax, and last month with “Eric Bolling The Balance.”

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Harvard Poll: Trump Favored by Majority, 40 Points Over DeSantis

Need an example about media bias against former President Donald Trump, look no further than The Hill’s report on the latest Harvard-Harris poll, where its headline screams Florida GOP Gov. Ron “DeSantis Leads 2024 GOP Pack.”

Yeah, if you are doing the old former President Barack Obama strategy of leading from behind.

Trump leads DeSantis by a wide, wide margin of 40 points, getting a large 56% majority of the vote among registered 2024 GOP primary voters, despite there being 8 candidates, “someone else,” and “unsure” as options.

DeSantis drew just 16% support, but at least he was in double digits. The full results from the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll:

  • Trump 56%.
  • DeSantis 16%.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence 7%.
  • Former South Carolina GOP Gov. Nikki Haley 4%.
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., 2%.
  • Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., 2%.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, 1%.
  • Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 1%.
  • Someone else 5%.
  • Don’t know/unsure 8%.

While it is noteworthy DeSantis is running second to Trump in early 2024 GOP primary polling, particularly “leading the pack” if Trump does not run – something emerging as highly unlikely at this point – DeSantis’ lead over the pack pales in comparison to Trump’s lead on all comers.

In the unlikely event Trump does not run, the poll revealed:

  • DeSantis 36%.
  • Pence 17%.
  • Cruz 8%.
  • Haley 5%.
  • Pompeo 3%.
  • Rubio 3%.
  • Scott 2%.
  • Someone else 8%.
  • Unsure 19%.

While DeSantis gained a poll-leading 20 points when Trump is not considered, the second-largest gainer is “unsure,” which added 11 points.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rare politician in America right now with more voters who like him than dislike him and he is gaining strength in the Republican primary, positioning him to win if Trump does not run and possibly taking him on if he does run,” pollster Mark Penn told The Hill.

The Harvard Center for American Political Studies, The Harris Poll, and HarrisX conducted the poll June 28-29 among 1,308 registered voters. No margin of error was provided in the poll results, in the analysis, or The Hill report on the results.

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Trump Wants DOJ to Investigate Hutchinson for ‘Lying Under Oath’

Former President Donald Trump, denying the House Jan. 6 Committee hearing claims of Cassidy Hutchinson, is now calling out the Justice Department to investigate her for “lying under oath.”

“Social climber Hutchinson lied about my attack on our great Secret Service, lied about her writing the White House note, lied about my throwing food at a wall in the Oval Office, & lied about my wanting to be surrounded by ‘people with guns’ during my ‘Go Peacefully and Patriotically’ speech (how crazy is that?), yet no guns were found in the Capitol,” Trump wrote Thursday night on Truth Social.

“These lies, among others, were made under oath. What is the Justice Department going to do about this? Do we have a two tiered system of justice?”

Trump also added in an ensuing post a repeat of his claim that Hutchinson is a disgruntled castoff from his post-presidency team, saying even after Jan. 6 she sought to work for him in Florida. Trump added he has documented evidence to that claim.

“…Cassidy Hutchinson also forgot to tell the Unselects that she was desperate to go to Florida with certain others of the Trump staff, long after January 6th had come and gone,” Trump wrote. “If I was so evil, why did she fight so hard to stay a part of the MAGA TEAM? This is all documented in writing!”

Trump also noted Hutchinson expounded in the public hearing on her previous depositions behind closed doors for the committee, adding new allegations.

“Why did it take her so long to tell (make up!) these ridiculous and obviously fake stories, even after previously sitting for four long depositions?” Trump wrote. “Was it, just maybe, her brand new lawyer? Lying under oath???”

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Kellyanne Conway: Trump Wants to Run to Settle ‘Unfinished Business’

Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she expects former President Donald Trump to run again in 2024.

“I know he wants to [run], and he’s planning to,” Conway told David Axelrod during an interview for “The Axe Files” podcast at the University Club of Chicago.

“He’d like to run for president, and he feels like he has unfinished business.”

Conway told Axelrod that Trump probably will make his announcement by releasing a statement, via the president’s social platform Truth Social or through his Save America joint fundraising committee.

“I would imagine he’s got a statement ready to go now announcing he’s running for president again, and one day he’s going to say, ‘Put that out today. Today’s the day,'” Conway said.

The manager of Trump’s 2016 campaign has been promoting her book, “Here’s the Deal: A Memoir.”

She also told Axelrod that, in retrospect, then-President Trump and his team should have done more in 2020 to explain why the country should “not change horses” in the election.

“I don’t think he did enough of that at all, and I think that Vice President [Joe] Biden was benefited,” said Conway, who told Axelrod that Trump suffered from too much airtime during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I write in my book by about May [2020], I tell the president, ‘I change my mind. It’s good for Vice President Biden that he’s in the bunker, in the basement, whatever he was doing in that room in Wilmington because we never had such a gulf between the exposure of two presidential nominees, party nominees.

“You had maybe a total of an hour a week of Joe Biden …. versus two hours a day of Donald Trump. It’s a lot of Donald Trump. And I think that with Biden he became the ‘not Trump,’ and there wasn’t enough maybe scrutiny and conversation about many of the things [Biden seeming old, irritated] we see now.”

Conway also told Axelrod that, for the most part, Trump’s use of Twitter was a great thing that produced the “democratization of information.”

“Every single American, really anybody throughout the world, received an instant, free-of-charge presidential communication without going through the middle man,” she told Axelrod.

Conway, however, added that Trump should have been more judicious with his tweets.

“With Donald Trump and Twitter, and I told him that, he needs to tweet like we need to eat – it’s just about better choices,” she said before adding that Trump’s most popular tweets concerned Trump Tower visits during the transition period, interviews of potential cabinet members, and conversations with other heads of state.

There also was the much-liked tweet showing Trump wearing a mask.

“See, people want to see you go first. They want to see you set the example,” Conway said she told Trump.

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Trump Alaska Rally to Boost Palin, Murkowski Challenger

Former President Donald Trump is set to travel to Alaska over the weekend in support of former state Gov. Sarah Palin’s congressional run and Kelly Tshibaka, who is challenging Sen. Lisa Murkowski, The Hill reported.

The rally on Saturday comes amid Palin’s advancement to Alaska’s at-large congressional district special election following the sudden death of 49-year Republican congressman Don Young in March.

Palin will face Republican Nick Begich III, a member of a long-standing Alaska political dynasty, and Democratic state Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola on August 16 for the seat.

Meanwhile, Tshibaka is attempting to unseat Murkowski, a moderate Republican who has long drawn the ire of conservatives in the party.

“I look forward to campaigning in Alaska for Kelly Tshibaka,” Trump wrote through the Save America PAC last year, according to CNN. “She has my Complete and Total Endorsement!

“Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will,” he added. “Murkowski has got to go!”

Murkowski told The New York Times in an April interview that she “may have to accept that” Alaskans desire a more partisan candidate than herself to represent them statewide.

“I may be the last man standing. I may not be reelected,” the senator said. “It may be that Alaskans say, ‘Nope, we want to go with an absolute, down-the-line, always, always, 100-percent, never-question, rubber-stamp Republican.'”

Under Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system, Murkowski and Tshibaka will compete in a blanket primary on August 16 where the top four candidates will advance to the general election.

The two are by far the most notable candidates running, with top Democrat Edgar Blatchford, a perennial candidate and former mayor of Seward, likely to come in a distant third.

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Cassidy Hutchinson Is Sticking to Testimony, Her Attorneys Say

Cassidy Hutchison’s attorneys say their client is sticking with the testimony she gave to the Jan. 6 panel in a public hearing on Tuesday despite pushback from Republican lawmakers and others involved in events that day.

“Ms. Hutchinson,” attorneys Jody Hunt and William Jordan told The Hill on Wednesday, “stands by all of the testimony she provided yesterday, under oath, to the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.”

During the events transpiring on Jan. 6, 2021, Hutchinson was working as the top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. For the panel’s Tuesday hearing, she offered a series of new details, describing conversations and interactions she had with White House staff while the riots broke out at the Capitol.

In her testimony, Hutchinson recounted that she had been told that former President Donald Trump allegedly lunged at his security detail in the outfitted presidential limo, nicknamed “the Beast,” on Jan. 6 and grabbed the steering wheel, demanding he be taken to the Capitol.

Trump fired back, calling her a “phony.”

“I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and ‘leaker’), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down,” Trump wrote his Truth Social platform while the hearing was taking place.

Hutchinson said she learned of the motorcade incident from Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff, and Robert Engel, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service, on Jan. 6.

Several news outlets have reported that Ornato is prepared to testify and dispute Hutchinson’s claim.

“Ms. Hutchinson testified, under oath, and recounted what she was told. Those with knowledge of the episode also should testify under oath,” Hutchinson’s attorney wrote on Twitter.

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Poll: DeSantis Closing in on Trump, Within Single Digits

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is closing in on Donald Trump in a new national poll, coming within single digits of the former president, Mediaite reports.

When asked, “Who would you rather see as the Republican nominee for President in 2024?” and given a choice between Trump and DeSantis, 45% of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents in the Yahoo! News/YouGov poll said they prefer Trump, while 36% said they prefer DeSantis.

The nine-point difference is the closest anyone’s come to Trump in a reputable Republican primary poll, according to Mediaite.

While Trump generally leads DeSantis by 20-30 points in Republican polls, the popular Florida governor came within about a point of the former president in a poll commissioned by never-Trumper John Bolton’s super PAC. In January and February, DeSantis trailed Trump by 23 points and 16 points, respectively, in the last two Yahoo! polls.

The latest Yahoo! survey follows a poll out of New Hampshire that shows DeSantis performing better against President Joe Biden than Trump and beating Trump in a 2024 primary matchup.

The surprising Republican primary poll was conducted June 24-27, before former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson offered dramatic testimony in which she claimed to have heard from Tony Ornato, another Trump aide, that Trump became agitated when he was told that going to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was not an option.

Hutchinson claimed that Trump grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle and lunged at a member of his security detail.

The Washington Examiner reports that Trump later called Hutchinson’s testimony a “fake story” on his social media platform Truth Social, and published reports indicate that people involved in the drive on Jan. 6 are prepared to dispute the ex-Trump aide’s narrative.

According to Mediaite, DeSantis leads Trump by 4 points among respondents who “watched news coverage” of the Jan. 6 committee hearings, while he trails by 11 points among those who watched the hearings live. DeSantis trails Trump by 15 points among those respondents who did not watch.

Though neither Trump nor DeSantis has announced if he will will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2024, both are favored among the Republican Party.

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Trump Hails 12-0 Sweep in Tuesday Primary Endorsements

With nary a loss Tuesday night, former President Donald Trump hailed a perfect 12-0 record in a Truth Social post Wednesday.

Trump’s primary endorsement record is now, according to an unofficial Newsmax tally, 143-10, a 93.5% winning percentage (Trump officials count candidates advancing to a runoff as victories).

Among the most noteworthy victories included a pair of Trump-endorsed candidates winning in the reliably blue state of Illinois, where Trump held a Save America rally Saturday, stumping for Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., and gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey.

Trump called Miller “a star” Wednesday.

“Well, Mary Miller did it, she won BIG in Illinois tonight,” Trump wrote after she was projected the winner by Decision Desk HQ at 10:13 p.m. ET, Newsmax’s election results partner. “She campaigned hard and smart. Congratulations to a very fine woman!”

Trump was also effusive in praise for Bailey, vowing a victory to defeat Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker – “one of the worst and most obnoxious governors (Mr. Lockdown!) in the USA” – in this November’s general election.

“The last thing that J.B. Pritzker, considered by many to be the worst governor in the country, wanted, was to run against Darren Bailey, a very popular state senator with a big, beautiful and powerful base, who won the Republican nomination in a landslide last night,” Trump wrote Wednesday.

“With all the crime and lockdowns going on in Illinois, with people fleeing to other states, Bailey will win!”

Here is the rundown of the 12 Trump-endorsed winners Tuesday night, as Politico reported, which could not bring itself to call it an unbeaten sweep of Trump endorsements in its story:

  1. Miller in Illinois’ 15th District.
  2. Bailey in Illinois’ GOP gubernatorial primary.
  3. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., in Colorado’s 3rd District.
  4. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., in Illinois’ 12th District.
  5. Rep. Darren LaHood, R-Ill. in Illinois’ 18th District.
  6. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
  7. Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., in Oklahoma’s 1st District.
  8. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., in Oklahoma’s 3rd District.
  9. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., in Oklahoma’s 4th District.
  10. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
  11. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, in Utah’s 2nd District.
  12. Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, in Utah’s 4th District.

Trump carried a 100-6 primary endorsement record into June, after late May’s Georgia primaries.

By Newsmax’s unofficial count, Trump is 43-4 in June, including five victories June 21:

  1. Sen.-nominee Katie Britt, R-Ala.
  2. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., in Virginia’s 1st District.
  3. Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., in Virginia’s 5th District.
  4. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., in Virginia’s 6th District.
  5. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., in Virginia’s 9th District.

Trump-endorsed candidate losses to date, according to Ballotpedia, which does not list all of Trump’s victories but does have the 10 losses:

  1. Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster.
  2. Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who lost to incumbent GOP Gov. Brad Little.
  3. Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who lost to incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
  4. Rep. Katie Arrington, R-S.C., who lost in South Carolina’s newly drawn 1st District.
  5. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., who lost in North Carolina’s 11th District.
  6. Georgia’s 6th District GOP candidate Jake Evans, who lost in a runoff to Dr. Rich McCormick, who Trump had endorsed in 2020.
  7. Georgia’s 10th District GOP candidate Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who lost in a runoff.
  8. Georgia Attorney General candidate Josh Gordon, who lost to incumbent GOP AG Chris Carr.
  9. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who lost a Georgia Secretary of State primary to incumbent Brad Raffensperger.
  10. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner candidate Patrick Witt, who lost to GOP incumbent John King.

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Trump Files Appeal Over Dismissal of Twitter Lawsuit

Former President Donald Trump filed an appeal over the dismissal of his lawsuit that claimed Twitter violated his First Amendment right to free speech when the platform banned him following the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Bloomberg reports that Trump filed a notice of appeal in San Francisco federal court on Monday, saying he will take his case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge James Donato dismissed the complaint in May, ruling that Trump had not proven that Twitter was functioning as a government censor when it banned him for violating its policy on tweets that glorify violence.

The former president had claimed that Twitter banned him at the request of Democrat lawmakers.

Since the ban, Trump has launched his own social media platform called Truth Social and has declared he won’t return to Twitter, even if tech billionaire Elon Musk’s deal to acquire the company goes through and Musk reinstates his account.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has cited his concern about Twitter’s censorship of conservatives as one of the main reasons he wants to take over the platform.

After the U.S. Capitol building was breached by protestors on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress was certifying President Joe Biden’s victory, Facebook and YouTube also banned Trump’s accounts, alleging that he used the social media platforms to incite violence among the mob.

The Washington Examiner reports that Facebook is slated to revisit its ban of Trump in January 2023, while YouTube has said it will lift its suspension when it determines the risk of violence has decreased.

“With Musk’s new management of Twitter and a potential Republican sweep in the 2022 midterms, I think it is likely that Trump would be reinstated onto Facebook at this time, with similar action to follow from YouTube,” Emerson Brooking, a resident senior fellow at centrist think tank the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab told the news outlet.

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