Former President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will support a Wyoming attorney’s bid to unseat GOP Rep. Liz Cheney.
In a statement, Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman, who stepped down from her role representing Wyoming on the Republican National Committee in advance of the announcement. Hageman previously ran for governor in 2018, finishing third in the Republican primary, and has donated to Cheney’s campaigns.
“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First,” Trump said in an emailed statement. “Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!”
Cheney replied to the announcement via tweet, with a screenshot of Trump’s statement and the message “Here’s a sound bite for you: Bring it.”
Trump and his allies have targeted Cheney since she was one of 10 Republicans to vote for his impeachment following the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. In May, Cheney’s Republican colleagues in the House ousted her from a top leadership position. She has also faced scrutiny from party leadership back home in Wyoming.
“There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received,” said the Wyoming Republican Party in a statement after Cheney announced her intention to vote for impeachment.
“Our telephone has not stopped ringing, our email is filling up, and our website has seen more traffic than at any previous time,” the statement said. “The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions.”
Here’s a sound bite for you: Bring it. pic.twitter.com/VmET1JUs12— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 9, 2021
Cheney further angered her Republican colleagues by joining the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. She is one of only two Republicans on the panel, the other being Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
In February, the state GOP formally censured Cheney and asked her to resign. In Aug… (Read more)