Liz Cheney Loses GOP Primary Election to Trump-Endorsed Harriet Hageman

Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who in recent years became a prominent voice among a small number of Republicans who have broken away from the dominant President Donald Trump contingent of the party, lost her primary election on Tuesday night to anti-environmentalist lawyer Harriet Hageman.

It was a lopsided defeat for Cheney. Trump has repeatedly targeted the House representative in his public remarks and on his social media site Truth Social. This is because of her vote to impeach Trump following the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Also, her involvement in the January 6-committee investigating that attack. Trump also endorsed Hageman’s run against Cheney, whose name, up until recently, was most associated with her father, war criminalFormer Vice President Dick Cheney

Hageman received 66.3 percent of the voteAccording to the most recent statistics, Cheney was supported by 28.9 per cent of GOP voters in their primary election. Cheney has Heinous acts of violence were committedViews on issues such as same sex marriage and has Islamophobia propagatedIn the past. However, she was considered a less radically far-right option than Hageman. spent her career fighting environmental regulationsAnd denies the results in the 2020 presidential election.

Cheney, who conceded her race Tuesday night, said that she had no regrets over her comments about Trump and suggested that she believed she chose the more sensible route. She expressed her loyalty to the Republican Party’s conservative beliefs and continued loyalty to them. but said that she loved the country more than the GOP’s de facto leader.

“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73 percent of the vote. I could easily have done the same again,” she said in her speech. “But it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election.”

Cheney also hinted at her political future, suggesting that a run for president in 2024 opposing Trump in the primary wasn’t out of the question.

“It is something that I am thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” she said on NBC’s “Today Show” Wednesday morning.

Defeating Trump “is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I intend to be a part of,” she added.

If Cheney decided to challenge Trump, who has yet officially announced a run for the presidency again, it would be a difficult uphill battle. However, it is expected that this will happen in the near future.. A Politico/Morning Consult poll, from earlier this month, shows that nearly six in ten (58 percent) Republican-aligned voters would back Trump if their state’s primary was happening today.

Lynnette Grey Bull, a Democratic candidate, won her primary election with 62.3 percent of the vote. Grey Bull does not have good odds of winning the general election, however, as Wyoming is starkly conservative — 70 percent of the state voted for Trump in the last presidential election.

Like Cheney, Grey Bull acknowledged on Tuesday night that the lie pushed by Trump and his loyalists that election fraud led to his loss in 2020 to President Joe Biden is dangerous, especially to the degree Trump’s supporters were willing to defend the false idea.

“The myth that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is a dangerous lie that has cost lives and empowered toxic people,” Grey Bull said. “[Hageman] has married herself to that lie and that campaign, and to the former president.”

Hageman is in fact strongly pro-Trump. While running against Cheney, Hageman said the congresswoman’s views on the former president were personally insulting to her, stating that Cheney “betrayed Wyoming, betrayed the country and betrayed me.”

Much of Hageman’s career has been spent fighting federal environmental regulations and practices. She challenged, for example a set of environmental regulations by former President Bill Clinton, which sought to protect national forests and prevent development.

More recently, she’s also stated her deep opposition to a recent law passed by Democrats in Congress that includes significant funding to address the climate crisis. Hageman misleadingly said the law would be “devastating” – even though the bill contains large concessions to her fossil fuel industry allies – and is opposed to transitioning to renewable energy sources.

Hageman is instead a devotee to coal, wrongly calling it a “clean [and] acceptable resource” that should continue to be used in spite of the devastating consequences of continuing to do so.