The endorsement comes ahead of Cheney’s re-election campaign which will face fierce opposition from Donald Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hagerman. Despite running as a Republican, the former is considered one of Trump’s fiercest critics.
Cheney, now the vice chairman of the House Select Committee, has spoken out against the former US president in the wake of the historic Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
In Wyoming’s general congressional district, which acknowledged Trump’s decisive victory in the 2020 presidential election, the state’s representative gained support from some Democrats but also drew criticism from many Republican voters.
Despite Costner’s outspokenness in defending Cheney, the actor no longer considers himself a Republican. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Costner said he thought the words “democratic” or “Republican” were too “limited” to describe his political philosophy.
A look at Kevin Costner’s political ideology
Early in his career, Kevin Costner was seen as a Republican and was known for his personal connections and support for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
However, reports suggest that Costner eventually changed his political affiliation and provided financial support to some Democratic politicians, including Tom Daschle and Al Gore.
He also supported Republican candidate Phil Graham in 1995. At a campaign rally at Colorado State University, Costner urged younger generations to use their votes to change the world:
Likewise, the Oscar winner backed Joe Biden in 2019 and then backed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg at a party in Iowa. In addition, he narrated TV commercials supporting JD Scholten, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa.
In a 2020 interview with Variety, Kevin Costner discussed Joe Biden’s character and explained his reasons for supporting the president:
That same year, the Dancing With Wolves actor opened up about his political beliefs in an interview with The Daily Beast. Speaking of America’s two-party system, he said:
Twitter responds to Kevin Costner’s support for Liz Cheney
The Golden Globe winner has repeatedly criticized Trump, but he also told the media that his criticism applies to both parties:
Kevin Costner further stated that he prefers to call himself an “independent,” saying he doesn’t want to identify as a Republican, as he did in the 1980s and 1990s. He claimed that only those candidates he believed were “best for the country” would get his support.
Since she turned against Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, Liz Cheney has found herself at the center of diametrically opposed political debates.
Actor Kevin Coster is backing the politician in his current re-election campaign against powerful opposition and Trump-backed rival Harriet Hagman.
Cheney posted the photo online, and Costner’s support immediately sparked discussions on social media.