She also said that Trump's policies were better for the country than those of Biden.
Republican U.S. Representative Chip Roy, a two-term conservative from Texas, said on Thursday he intends to run for the No. 3 House of Representatives Republican leadership job to replace Liz Cheney, who on Wednesday was sacked from the post.
She'd replace Cheney, R-Wyo., who was ousted this week for repeatedly rebuking Trump for encouraging supporters who attacked the Capitol on January 6 and for his lie that his 2020 reelection was stolen from him by fraudulent voting.
The Wyoming Republican, who recently said she wouldn't rule out running, told Fox's Bret Baier Thursday night that she wasn't throwing her hat in the ring after she was booted from her role as House GOP conference chair Wednesday.
Stefanik got an early start lining up votes to succeed Cheney, a decisive factor in leadership races. He's a prohibitive long shot, but his candidacy signals to leaders that hard-right Republicans expect a robust voice moving forward. He spoke a day after he successfully helped dump Cheney from party leadership for refusing to stifle her differences with Trump.
Baier pushed back on her comments by pointing out that in Wyoming, more people voted for Trump than her.
Even so, Cheney is not going away. She'll likely be replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a moderate turned Trump loyalist.
Stefanik has told colleagues she'd serve in the leadership job only through next year, according to a GOP lawmaker and an aide who spoke on condition of anonymity last week to discuss internal conversations.
Stefanik is a four-term lawmaker from an upstate NY district that in the past four presidential elections backed both Trump and Barack Obama twice. At the time she said it would hurt her NY constituents who would be left paying bigger tax bills each year.
After being elected in 2014, Stefanik established herself as one of the more bipartisan members and opposed Trump's signature 2017 tax cuts as well as some of his environmental policies.
She went on to say that she did not vote for Joe Biden and that she would not vote for a Democrat "ever". Hours after the Capitol attack, she voted against formally approving Pennsylvania's state-certified electoral votes.
On Thursday, Trump criticized Roy for running against Stefanik. He also conceded there was a "big likelihood" Stefanik would win.