Former President Donald Trump predicts the media will not focus on Representative Liz Cheney’s House race if she is unseated by his-backed candidate Harriet Hageman tonight.
“If Liz Cheney loses tonight, the fake news media will do everything in their power to downplay it and pretend it wasn’t a referendum on the unselects – that it wasn’t a big deal,” Trump wrote on Tuesday afternoon on his social media platform Truth Social. “Actually, it would be a very big thing, one of the biggest!”
Cheney, a vocal critic of the former president since the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots, faces an impressive re-election this year. In seeking criticism for her vote to impeach him after the riot, Trump has made clear his desire to oust Cheney from her seat as representative of Wyoming’s general district. The former president’s efforts are increasingly likely to yield positive results as polls show Cheney is poised to lose Tuesday’s Republican primary to Hageman.
Cheney joined Congress the same month Trump was inducted into the White House, and while her voting record shows she voted with the former president about 93 percent of the time during his tenure, the three-year congresswoman emerged as his toughest The Republican critic just weeks before he left the Oval Office and has since become vice chairman of the House Inquiry Committee on Jan. 6.
Cheney and Trump have publicly feuded for the past year and a half, a clash that prompted Trump to give full-throated support to Cheney’s GOP opponent, despite Hageman’s past being a former “never-trumper.”
Hageman, a former adviser to Cheney, had previously called Trump “the weakest candidate” and “racist and xenophobic” during his 2016 presidential campaign. However, since the release of her bid for Congress, Hageman has enthusiastically embraced the former president after she claimed she had been misled by “lies told about him by the Democrats and Liz Cheney’s friends in the media.”
Cheney has fallen into the ranks of the GOP since resigning from the party in January 2021 to vote for Trump’s impeachment. Last year she was ousted from her position as Republican No. 3 in the House of Representatives – replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik – and was reprimanded by the Republican National Committee.
“The warmongering and despicable person Liz Cheney, hated by the big people of Wyoming (less than 35!), says over and over that HER Fake Unselect Committee could propose CRIMINAL DATA against a President of the United States who made it more votes than any incumbent president in history,” Trump wrote on social media last month.
Trump’s attacks on Cheney’s re-election campaign have not gone unchallenged. Cheney convinced her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, to cut an ad against her Republican nemesis – a move that drew criticism for allegedly hypocritically claiming Trump was the greatest “threat” in US history.
Speaking to ABC last month, the congresswoman made her stance clear, saying that “the most important thing is protecting the nation from Donald Trump.”
Cheney’s allies have urged Democrats and independents in Wyoming to cross party lines and help her get her across the finish line, but in a state where Trump won by more than two-thirds of the vote in both 2016 and 2020 , the last-minute strategy seems unlikely to help in a re-election win.
news week asked Cheney’s campaign for comment.
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