There are factions of conservative Republicans who are steadfast in their opposition to Donald Trump, and accordingly, they approve of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and her efforts opposing the former president. ‘Never-Trumpers,’ they’re sometimes called. There aren’t many, but you may indeed know a few. Trump is a narcissist, and Liz is just standing up to him, they’ll tell us. Trump attacked our democracy on January 6th, and Cheney is protecting our country, they’ll insist. Liz is the one who’s an authentic Republican, not a Johnny-come-lately like Mr. Trump, they’ll say.
But Liz Cheney has now lifted the veil. She’s not some principled, well-intentioned conservative who loves the Republican Party but simply has a problem with one key member. She’s not merely an establishment candidate who has an issue with Trump and is fine with everyone else. Based on comments from an interview published yesterday, Liz Cheney has a problem with both Trump and the second-most popular Republican in the country.
According to the Daily Mail:
“GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ similarity to Donald Trump would make him a ‘dangerous’ presidential candidate in 2024. In an interview with the New York Times, the conservative Trump critic said she could support a Republican nominee – but not one that peddled the ex-president’s election fraud claims.
Nor could she back DeSantis, Cheney suggested, despite the GOP governor’s skyrocketing popularity over his opposition to the Biden administration on COVID-19 mandates and legislation that Democrats have described as anti-LGBTQ.
‘I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous,’ she said. Cheney added that she ‘would find it very difficult’ to support DeSantis.”
To some extent, we might understand why Cheney could have issues with Donald Trump. He’s an abrasive, confident Alpha male without a filter. Trump is a bull in a china shop. Even those of us who love the guy will admit he’s got a sketchy past when it comes to relationships with women and he’s not exactly a bible-thumping, didactic Christian. But those issues are beside the point. We love Trump’s leadership, not his morality.
But for Liz Cheney to rip on Ron DeSantis as well? There are a lot of things you can say about DeSantis, but to say he’s in lockstep with Trump isn’t one of them. It seems DeSantis has clearly taken note of Trump’s penchant for fighting back and calling out mainstream media hypocrisy, and there are definitely some parallels with their approach to policy-making, but Ron DeSantis is not Donald Trump.
Make no mistake: Ron DeSantis is his own man. In many ways, he’s the opposite of Donald Trump. DeSantis is methodical and patient, and Trump is fast-acting and impulsive. DeSantis is measured and legislation-oriented, and Trump is instinctive and fond of executive orders. Trump is in his mid-70s, and DeSantis isn’t even 44 years old yet.
Trump is coming down the home stretch and will be 78 years old in 2024, and even he would have to admit that his time is short. Ron DeSantis, on the other hand, is the fastest rising star of the Republican Party. Along with a cast of other, young, and passionate newcomers, DeSantis will be pointing the GOP in the appropriate direction for years to come. Ron DeSantis is the future of the GOP, and Liz Cheney is the past. So long, Liz… can’t wait to see you go.
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By Jordan Case
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