The crux of her argument centers on the potential re-election of former President Donald Trump in 2024. Cheney expressed her concerns, stating that Trump has already "told us what he will do."
Cheney's comments have sparked a flurry of discussions and debates. She stated, “One of the things we see today is sort of a sleepwalking into dictatorship in the United States.” She further elaborated on her fears about Trump's potential return to power, saying, “He’s told us what he will do. It’s very easy to see the steps that he will take.”
Cheney also expressed her concerns about the current state of the Republican party, stating, “People who say ‘well, if he’s elected, it’s not that dangerous because we have all of these checks and balances’ don’t fully understand the extent to which the Republicans in Congress today have been co-opted.”
Cheney's comments have been met with skepticism and criticism from some quarters. Critics argue that her claims demand direct evidence. They question whether Trump has ever explicitly stated his intention to become a dictator, as Cheney suggests.
To support her argument, Cheney points to Trump's threats to “root out” his political enemies if he returns to the White House. Critics argue that this does not equate to a declaration of dictatorship. They point out that Trump has not suggested he would make up charges or imprison people without due process. Instead, they argue, he has pledged to continue aggressive tactics to go after those who have allegedly abused the federal government for political gain.
Critics also take issue with Cheney's assertion that Trump's potential return to power could lead to a sweeping overhaul of the federal government. They argue that such changes are a normal part of the transition between administrations. They point out that President Biden also carried out a significant overhaul of the federal government when he took office.
Cheney's comments about the current state of the Republican party have also been met with criticism. Critics argue that she is dismissing the democratic process by suggesting that the decisions of elected representatives should not be respected. They question whether she supports the popular election of representatives.
Despite the criticism, Cheney stands by her claims. She argues that Trump's motivations are driven by his ego and his desire to return to the White House as a form of revenge against those who have attacked him. Critics argue that this is a simplistic view of Trump's motivations and that it does not support her claims of a potential dictatorship.