Cheney Flips on Gay Rights; Is a Run for President on the Horizon?

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In a 60 Minutes interview Sunday, September 26, Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney reversed her view on LGBTQI rights saying that her previous stand was wrong.

Cheney’s sister Mary Cheney is gay, married to another woman and has children. Cheney took that original position in 2013 during her unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate. “I love my sister very much. I love her family very much. I was wrong. It’s a very personal issue, and very personal for my family,” Cheney told interviewer CBS Lesley Stahl.

Also in the interview Cheney said that Americans “deserve better than having to choose between” President Biden’s “disastrous” policies and former President Trump “who violated his oath of office.” Cheney believes that Biden’s policies – in a whole range of areas- are “really bad” for the U.S. economy. She specifically labeled Biden’s actions in Afghanistan as “very dangerous policies for our country.”

Cheney was one of only a small handful of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. She lost her leadership position as House GOP Conference Chair shortly thereafter. Cheney faces a tough re-election bid against Republican challenger Harriet Hageman, who Trump has endorsed. The Wyoming Republican Party also formally censured Cheney in February, 2021.

Trump is already thought to be the main contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. With her support of Trump’s impeachment and now gay rights, Cheney could become a viable option for moderate Republicans – especially women – who find Trump repulsive as well as conservative Democrats who are becoming increasingly displeased with some of Biden’s actions.

Cheney is a member of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol. “Those who think that by ignoring Trump, he will go away, have been proven wrong.”

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