Topline

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Wednesday said she would not support former President Donald Trump in 2024, prompting the ex-president to hint at a forthcoming endorsement for one of her primary challengers.

Key Facts

Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto if she would support Trump if he were the Republican nominee in 2024, Cheney replied simply, “I would not.”

Trump quickly shot back in a statement, labeling the Wyoming Congresswoman “Crazy Liz Cheney” and asserting “so many people are looking to run” against her in 2022.

Trump claimed Cheney is “so far down in the polls” that “the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote,” expressing hope the field will narrow and make way for a clear opposition challenger.

Cheney already has a high-profile primary challenger in State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who jumped into the race just days after Cheney announced her plan to vote to impeach Trump, though other local officials are rumored to be mulling bids.

Trump said he’ll “make an Endorsement soon” in Cheney’s race.

Big Number

$1.5 million. That’s how much Cheney raised in the first three months of 2021, her office told local outlet Cowboy State Daily. That’s compared to $321,000 in the first quarter of 2019 and is a record-breaking sum for her.

Key Background

Cheney was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January over his role in the Jan. 6 attack. She has since sharply diverged with her party’s leadership on the question of whether Trump should continue to play a role in the GOP.

Tangent

Trump also seized on comments from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another Republican who voted for impeachment, who said she is still weighing whether to mount a reelection bid in 2022, calling her hesitance “great news” for the GOP. “There is a chance that she won’t run! Wouldn’t that be great?” he added.

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