Liz Cheney, a Republican, lost the Republican primary in Wyoming on Tuesday to Harriet Hageman, a supporter of Donald Trump. Before the election, many analysts had predicted that Cheney would lose as she had come under fire from some Republicans since she began criticizing the former US president.
Cheney then informed his followers of the results:
“Our republic depends on the willingness of all candidates to accept the election results with honor. And tonight, in this primary, Harriet Hageman got the most votes. She triumphed. To finish the race, I called her. The primary elections are over. But now comes the hardest part.
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I’m glad I voted today. The difficulties we face demand responsible leaders who will always protect the Constitution and keep their word.
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Hageman has long been a fierce opponent of Cheney, Trump’s only Republican critic and vice chairman of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee.
People praised Liz Cheney for putting her country ahead of her position and her party despite losing. Kenneth Adelman, former US ambassador to the UN, told The Guardian:
Whatever happens, she will succeed. His actions were courageous. She has shown her willingness to risk her political future.
David Axelrod, a former adviser to Barack Obama, also called Cheney a “hero” on Twitter.
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Hariett Hageman will be considered a footnote in history; @RepLizCheney will be remembered as a hero.
Meanwhile, Republicans, including Donald Trump Jr., celebrated Cheney’s loss on social media.
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Thanks, @Liz Cheney. On the plus side, you won’t need to keep acting like you’re from Wyoming.
New York’s Elise Stefanik, who replaced Cheney as the third House Republican, spoke to the media:
Congratulations to Harriet Hageman for beating Liz Cheney, a Nancy Pelosi puppet, in Wyoming’s Republican primary.
In his statement of concession, Cheney confirmed his position on Trump and vowed to continue working to prevent him from ever approaching the White House again.
Back to the conflict between Donald Trump and Liz Cheney
In response to the Capitol bombing on January 6, Liz Cheney criticized Donald Trump.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney is well known for her scathing criticism of former US President Donald Trump. Following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, she made the decision to oppose Trump and is among 10 Republicans who voted to remove the 45th President of the United States from office.
Cheney was one of only two Republicans to be named by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the House Select Committee to Investigate the Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021, in July 2021. Cheney was named vice president of the committee more than two months later.
Cheney said in a statement shortly after the Jan. 6 violence that Trump incited the crowd to storm the Capitol:
A violent mob recently attacked the United States Capitol in an effort to prevent us from fulfilling our constitutional duties. There’s no denying that the president organized the crowd, stoked their anger, and then addressed the crowd. He lit the fire.
“It’s not who or what America is. It’s just become unbearable and unacceptable. The mafia won’t make it.
Liz Cheney slammed the former president for his alleged ‘betrayal’ after voting to impeach Donald Trump’s second impeachment:
Nothing would have happened if the president had not been in office. The president has the power to intervene and immediately end the violence. No, he didn’t. There has never been a President of the United States who betrayed his office and his promise to respect the Constitution more.
Cheney’s position won him significant support from a number of Democrats and independents, but also infuriated many Republicans. The House Republican Conference held a vote on whether to remove Cheney from his position in the House Republican behind closed doors on February 3, 2021.
The congresswoman was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party for her support for impeaching Trump, even though she was still in office at the time. Cheney, however, resisted calls to resign and claimed that censors wrongly linked the Capitol attack to the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements.
On May 12, 2021, at a meeting of the House Republican Conference held behind closed doors, Liz Cheney was formally removed as Speaker by voice vote. She made her first public pledge to “ensure that Trump never comes near the Oval Office again” in the same month. And she added:
We must allow the previous president to set us back and become complicit in his attempts to undermine our democratic system.
On November 13, 2021, the Wyoming GOP Central Committee called a vote and decided to no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the party. On February 4, 2022, the Republican National Committee moved to reprimand Cheney for supporting the investigation into the attack on the Capitol.
In his Truth Social account in July, Donald Trump called Cheney a “warmonger” and a “despicable human being”:
A President of the United States who has received more votes than any other sitting President in history could face criminal charges, according to Liz Cheney, an obnoxious and belligerent human being, who is despised by the wonderful people of Wyoming. (less than 35!).
Trump insulted Cheney once again after his latest loss and praised Wyoming for their pick.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, her behavior and her vindictive and judgmental words and actions towards others. She can finally fade into political obscurity at this point, where I’m sure she will be much happier than she is now. Thank you so much Wyoming!
Liz Cheney, meanwhile, vowed to keep fighting the former president and urged Americans to support her in her cause:
“We are all in this fight together… Conservative Republican, that’s me. I firmly believe in the values and concepts around which my party was formed. I admire its past and the principles upheld by our party, but I cherish my nation more.
As part of his continued assistance to the House Select Committee’s investigation into Trump’s alleged complicity in the Capitol attack, Cheney may also appear at the upcoming public hearings scheduled for the fall.