Outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney has announced a speaking engagement at the University of Notre Dame this month to lecture students about the importance of saving Democracy™. The speaking engagement is her first major public appearance since losing her primary to a Trump-backed challenger.
Cheney, the most stalwart Republican critic of 45th President Donald Trump and his supporters, is scheduled to speak at the Indiana school on October 14. Local media describes the event as “a lecture on the future of democracy.”
The full title of Cheney’s speech is “Saving Democracy by Revering the Constitution,” and the event will be open to students, faculty, and alumni. However, it will be live streamed on YouTube.
Perhaps scorned further after losing her reelection bid to a Trump-backed challenger, Cheney has doubled down on her opposition to Trump in recent weeks.
She and House Democrats wrote a bill that would make it impossible for legislators tor the vice president o contest the results of an election, effectively removing key checks and balances from U.S. presidential elections, with the goal of avoiding another event like the protests on January 6. That bill passed the U.S. House.
While Cheney’s speaking opportunities may increase after she formally leaves office in January, Cheney – herself, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – has repeatedly been asked or hinted about a presidential run in 2024.
Planning a campaign would allow her to grow her new base over the next year before launching in 2023, however, it’s not clear what coalition she could form.
Trump is still almost universally popular within the Republican Party, meaning Cheney would almost certainly fail to secure the necessary number of votes and delegates should she challenge the 45th president in the Republican primaries.
Should Cheney decide to ditch the Republican Party and go independent, however, a recent poll found that she would actually strip votes from Joe Biden and make a Trump victory almost certain.
Though it seems unlikely, a third option does exist. Should Biden decide not to seek reelection, perhaps convinced by Democratic Party leaders that 84 is simply too old for a U.S. president, Cheney could throw her hat in the Democratic primary race.
Regardless of her future career prospects, the outgoing Congresswoman will lecture college students about how to save Democracy™ one week from Friday.
This news and commentary by Tom Pappert originally appeared on Valiant News.