Transcript for Wyoming primaries underway as Rep. Cheney faces Trump-backed opponent
- ABCs' political contributors Amanda Renteria, the former national political director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, and Barbara Comstock, a former Republican congresswoman from Virginia, for more on this. Barbara, I want to start with you. Of the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach President Trump, four have decided to retire, three have lost primary challenges, and two have now advanced to the general election. What do you make of that landscape and Liz Cheney's chances today?
- Well, they're all profiles in courage. They knew when they took that vote that it was going to be a very risky vote. But I do think they'd make it again. And certainly in the case of Liz Cheney, the January 6 hearings would not have been what they were without her. They have been devastating to Donald Trump she. Has rallied the Republican witnesses.
I think the Justice Department has now come out very strongly in their cases. And you had people like Cassidy Hutchinson come forward, I think, because courage is contagious, and Liz Cheney has led that charge. So I do think no matter what happens today, Liz Cheney is going to have the last word on this in the history books. And Donald Trump, as we're seeing, as well as his candidates in the fall, I don't think, are going to do very well at all. And I am confident Donald Trump will not be anywhere near the White House again.
- Now, Amanda, Democrats have rallied behind Liz Cheney, some even urging voters to consider switching parties to vote for her in the primary. Now, in other states, we've seen Democrats try to help get far-right candidates to win their Republican primaries in hopes they'll be easier to beat in the general election. So why are we seeing such a different response to Cheney?
- I think it's because she's actually walked the walk. I mean, one could argue that even if you elect moderate candidates, they're still electing, within their own party, leadership who isn't speaking out. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger-- these are different in that sense, which is they are actually talking about truth. They are doing whatever they can, using whatever platform they have, despite being pushed out by their own party to actually back up the truth.
And so I think what you're seeing is an honesty about we need to uphold democratic institutions. And here is a strategy that I think Democrats looked at and said, in Wyoming, could it help to really bring truth back to Wyoming? I also think it's a reality about the effectiveness and destructiveness of disinformation, and how do we begin to untangle that and make sure that as a country, we can actually look at the same facts together and move forward together. And so this is one place where people are trying to do that. I'm not sure it's going to work. We can see the numbers out there. You can see the polling.
And in fact, when you look deeper into the polling, what you see is people who believe in the big lie are supporting Liz Cheney. Those who don't, she's able to actually bring those folks to the forefront. And I hope Barbara's right that courage is even more contagious as we get to the general election, particularly for Republican leaders who can come out and talk about this as a big lie and that we need to get back to supporting democratic institutions.
- Now, Barbara, we heard John mention a potential presidential run for Cheney in 2024. She certainly hasn't ruled it out. So how do you see that playing out?
- Well, I think Liz has lots of opportunities going forward. And if that's one of them, I certainly think that would be great for her. And I think the thing is that voice of somebody who's willing to stand up for the truth is needed now more than ever. And I think just in the past week, what you've seen, the truth coming out about Donald Trump-- it is coming out every day, every week. And so the more Republicans sink into this Trump swamp and the lies, it is going to come to an end. So her voice will be very much needed in whatever capacity she decides.
- All right. Barbara Comstock, Amanda Renteria, thank you both.
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