Liz Cheney calls midterm results rejection of Trump, 'clear victory for team normal'

The Republican congresswoman lost her GOP primary bid to a Trump-backed candidate.

Updated: November 11, 2022 - 9:46am

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Outspoken Trump critic and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney says results of this week's midterm elections were a "rejection" of the former president and a "clear victory for Team Normal."

Cheney, who drew the ire of Republicans after becoming a vocal critic of former President Trump and supporting his second impeachment, spoke about the 2022 election Thursday at the Anti-Defamation League's Never Is Now Summit on Antisemitism and Hate, according to CNN.

"I think that it was a clear victory for Team Normal, and we have a huge amount of work to do," said Cheney, who lost her 2022 reelection bid in a primary this summer. "But I think that you saw in really important races around the country people coming together to say we believe in democracy. We believe in standing up for the Constitution, and for the Republic. And a real rejection of the toxicity, and the hate, and vitriol, and of Donald Trump."

Republican hopes for a landslide, "red wave" victory in the midterms faded Tuesday night as Democrats performed better in House races than expected and won key Senate and gubernatorial seats considered vulnerable.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Cheney campaigned for two Democrats running in competitive House races.

Cheney, a member of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, will be leaving office in less than two months after suffering a resounding defeat in the GOP primary to Harriet Hageman, whom Trump endorsed.

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