CNN’s Chris Wallace issued a gushing statement in support of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after the outgoing congresswoman was crushed in her primary race by Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman.
Wallace praised Cheney’s concession speech, saying she “declared war on Donald Trump.”
However, Cheney has been met with widespread mockery after she compared herself to former President Abraham Lincoln during her speech.
She also attack President Donald Trump, vowed to continue her “battle” with him, and suggested America is on the brink of civil war.
“What struck me was the reference to Lincoln, and the reference to Grant, and the comparison to the Civil War,” Wallace gushed.
“And I think she was very explicitly say that just as our union was in jeopardy – life or death jeopardy – back in the 1860s, that the union is in jeopardy today.
“The other thing I would say, is in this civil war, she declared war on Donald Trump and Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” Wallace said.
“And she specifically called on Americans not to vote for the dozens of election deniers who have won Republican nominations for the governorship, or the secretary of state roles in various states, which would have a dramatic role in 2024 in whether or not elections are certified are not.”
Cheney said in her concession speech: “This primary election is over but now the real work begins.
“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all.
“Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.
“Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said that, ‘We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.’
“As we meet here tonight that remains our greatest and most important task,” she said.
Republican Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) response to Cheney’s speech wasn’t as complimentary as Wallace’s, however.
“Few people in Washington have been as wrong and damaging on foreign policy as Liz Cheney,” Paul said.
The senator also congratulated Hageman for beating Cheney in the Wyoming primary.
“I look forward to working with an advocate for liberty as the next Congresswoman from Wyoming. Bye Liz.”