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Whoopi Goldberg begs Liz Cheney to run for president in 2024

By Jake Beardslee · January 11, 2024

In brief…

  • Goldberg said she and Cheney respect the country even if they disagree on issues
  • Cheney said she hasn't ruled out running but is focused on the midterms
  • Cheney warned of the danger Trump poses in her new memoir
Whoopi Goldberg emotionally appealed to Liz Cheney to run for president as a third party candidate, but Cheney said she's focused on the midterms and hasn't decided on a presidential bid.  Office of Representative Liz Cheney/Wikimedia

Whoopi Goldberg made an impassioned plea to former Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney to run for president during Cheney’s appearance Wednesday on ABC’s “The View.” Goldberg told Cheney, “We probably don’t agree on a lot of stuff but we agree on the fact that we have a lot of respect for the country.” She continued, “Do you see yourself, and would you ever consider being the conduit to that third party because I don’t know the Republican party, as we knew it, will survive this.” Goldberg went so far as to get “down on one knee” and beg Cheney to consider a presidential bid, saying “I’m begging you.”

Cheney, who has become a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, responded that she hasn’t ruled out a future presidential run but “hasn’t made a decision,” according to The Hill. She emphasized the importance of the upcoming midterm elections, stating “I think it’s really important this election cycle, everyone has to go vote. You’ve got to be willing to say I’m not going to vote for the candidate who is from the party I belong to, I’m going to vote for the candidate who I trust to protect the constitution.”

Cheney recently served as vice chair of the House select committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. She has been doing numerous media interviews to promote her new memoir, in which she warns of the danger she believes Trump and his supporters pose to American democracy. While Cheney did not commit to launching a presidential campaign, Goldberg’s emotional appeal highlights the desire among some to see Cheney emerge as a leader of the Republican party as it reckons with the legacy of Donald Trump.