Liz Cheney did herself no favors as a contender in the GOP primaries when she decided to be the anti-Trump January 6th hero. In fact, it backfired on her as the people of Wyoming had their voices heard tonight. A turning point is happening in the United States, and We, the People, are relieved.
BREAKING: Rep. Liz Cheney loses the Republican primary in Wyoming to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman, NBC News projects. https://t.co/J5EOZKA9zx
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 17, 2022
Cheney, seeking to be re-elected for a fourth term, was crushed by GOP opponent Harriet Hageman, an attorney and former Cheney supporter who Donald Trump selected last year as his chosen candidate to support. Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump for inciting the so-called Jan. 6 insurrection, her abuse and vocal defense of that vote, and her leadership role on the House committee that investigated the attacks and Trump’s actions poised her to become Trump’s top political target in the midterms. And when a candidate no longer has the support of Donald J. Trump, their days are numbered. She lost her reelection months ago when the January 6th hearings/clown show aired.
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Liz Cheney’s opposition — and at times, downright disdain — for Donald Trump become a core part of her political identity, often bordering on madness. Ultimately, it led her down the road to double-digit defeat against Harriet Hageman in a state already pro-Trump territory. Unfortunately, after conceding to Hageman on Tuesday evening, Cheney said that she was not going away and that Tuesday was just the beginning. Oh, why can’t she fade into obscurity?
Cheney’s plans beyond Tuesday night’s defeat are a mystery, though some speculate she might try to run for president in 2024.
“Nobody would piss off the entire state of Wyoming without another plan,” said Kasey Mateosky, a Republican running to be Teton County Commissioner.
Cheney’s race is the last outstanding primary race of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Jan.6 hearings. Six of the ten members sought reelection, and only two won their primary races and are moving on to the general election in November — California’s David Valadao, who is in a swing district, and Washington’s Dan Newhouse — Which sends an unmistakable and concise message across the board: Trump still holds significant influence over the party, as many Americans still feel like their votes were stolen.
Cheney knew full well that her starring role on the Jan. 6 panel, cast by no other than Madame Speaker herself, would cause irreparable damage inside her party. But she accepted her role head-on, co-chairing national TV’s dramatic and often over-the-top hearings.
Cheney significantly outraised Hageman with the support of one-time party leaders like her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former President George W. Bush, and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). But they have all seen their once-prominent place in the Republican Party diminish as Trump took over the Republican Party and made it into something else; a party of the people. But while Cheney has spent millions trying to hold her seat, her fundraising has outpaced what she spent, leaving potentially millions in the bank at her political disposal. She isn’t going away anytime soon, but neither is Trump. As long as he is out there campaigning for grassroots GOP candidates, you can be sure that We the People have a fighting chance of getting our Constitutional Republic back.
BREAKING: Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman (R) will defeat incumbent Republican Liz Cheney in the Wyoming House Primary. pic.twitter.com/X09oOsLhR0
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) August 17, 2022