US Representative Liz Cheney (Republican-Wyoming) speaks to supporters at an election night event during the Wyoming primary on August 16, 2022
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Republican Rep. Liz Cheney vowed to prevent Donald Trump from winning again at the White House after he suffered a crushing loss to the first challenger backed by the former president on Tuesday. He called on Americans to unite across party lines.
Cheney, who served three terms in Wyoming’s only U.S. House seat, made a point of conceding to his opponents after losing Tuesday’s Republican primary to conservative attorney Harriet Hegeman. This is something she has long criticized Trump for never doing after the 2020 election.
Speaking to supporters at his ranch not far from his home as the sun set over the nearby Teton Mountains, Cheney spoke of the January 6th Capitol uprising and curbing outrage by Trump and other Republican leaders. warned about the refusal of It endangered the country.
“Our country is once again on the brink of lawlessness and violence,” she said, blaming Trump squarely. “I’ve been saying since January 6th that I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump never gets anywhere near the Oval Office again. I mean it.
Cheney was a rising star in the Republican Party until he stood up to Trump. The political cost of Cheney’s defiance increased after she voted to impeach Trump in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol by a mob of her supporters.The Wyoming Republicans voted to condemn her. , called for her resignation. She was then removed as the House Republican Party’s third-ranked leader by her colleagues who accused her of abandoning her Republican party.
As a result, she lost to Hageman by a margin of 2-1 on Tuesday, halving the votes. In her concession speech, Cheney hinted that she wasn’t stepping away from the political arena, but she wasn’t clear on what would happen next. She will continue to hold forums through January about her campaign against Trump as vice chair of the commission investigating the former president’s role in the Capitol riots.
Citing Republican President Abraham Lincoln, who led the United States through the Civil War, Cheney said no office was worth betraying the democratic principles on which the United States was built.
“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could have easily repeated the same thing,” she said. “But I would have had to agree with President Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. It was a path I could not and would not take.”
In his speech, Mr. Hageman said, ‘Wyoming has called the elites to their attention. We will no longer tolerate representatives who do not represent us.’
Wyoming is a credible Republican state, so the Republican primary winner is almost certain to win the general election.
In a post on his website, Truth Social, Trump called Haigman’s victory a “complete rebuke” to the Jan. 6 commission and a “great result for America.”
Cheney’s loss is the latest example of Trump’s grip on the Republican Party. Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump after last year’s Capitol riots, only two survived the primary and put it to the ballot in November’s general election. Cheney is his fourth loser, with four retiring.
Among those 10, Cheney has challenged Trump’s election lies, criticized him as a threat to the nation’s democracy, and accused Republicans of having to hold him accountable for the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. He was the most prominent and tenacious person who insisted that he must be rejected. order and constitution.
“At the heart of the Jan. 6 attack is our country’s commitment to determining who becomes president through legal elections, reviewed by the courts and accredited by the states and electoral colleges, if necessary. It’s a willingness to embrace dangerous conspiracies that attack core premises,” Cheney said.
A former Trump supporter and conservative on most social and security policy issues, Cheney temporarily switched parties to a Wyoming Democrat and openly urged him to vote for her in the Republican primary. was complaining. But her prospect of having enough Democrats to run it has always been a hit.
Hegemann’s primary victory made it all but certain that she would win the general election in November.
Speculation is rife in both Wyoming and Washington that Cheney may be considering a run for president in 2024. Her spokesman Jeremy Adler said Cheney has repeatedly stressed that he has not yet made a decision about making such a bid.
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