Donald Trump has struck back at one of his enemies just like he said he would and the results could be devastating.
On Thursday the 45th President of the United States gave his endorsement to Harriet Hageman who is looking to primary Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a perennial thorn in the side of Trump.
“I strongly endorse Republican House of Representatives Candidate Harriet Hageman from Wyoming who is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican, Liz Cheney,” Trump said in an email to supporters.
“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis. Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which Biden has already given up).
“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!” he said.
Earlier that day Hagemen announced her campaign to replace Cheney, who some Republicans see as a RINO (Republican In Name Only,” to the Star Tribune.
“Like many Wyomingites, I supported Liz Cheney when she ran for Congress,” she said. “But then she betrayed Wyoming, she betrayed this country, and she betrayed me.”
“Cheney has lost the trust of the people of our state, just as she has lost any ability to be a leader for us in Washington, D.C.,” the candidate said. “In contrast, I have dedicated my career to fighting for the people of Wyoming and defending our great state against the excess of government.”
Hageman is one of growing field of Republicans who are seeking to defeat Cheney in the 2022 GOP primary. Cheney angered many Wyoming Republicans by voting to impeach the president on a charge of helping to incite the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by his supporters. Cheney is perhaps the most prominent Republican critic of the former president and his unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
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“Cheney is the most prominent member of Congress to vote for Trump’s second impeachment,” Newsmax reported.
“Trump met with Hageman last month as he assessed the potential candidate pool, hoping an early endorsement would help clear the field and prevent a crowded primary that might be advantageous to Cheney’s chances.
Hageman has previously run for statewide office and finished third in a six-way Republican gubernatorial primary in 2018, getting 21% of the vote. Former State Treasurer Mark Gordon won, followed by investor and Republican megadonor Foster Friess, who had Trump endorsed,” Newsmax added.
Cheney is now no longer recognized as a member of the Republican Party in two Wyoming counties.
A few months ago, the GOP in Park and Carbon counties unanimously voted to rescind their recognition of Cheney as a Republican after she served on the Democrats’ January 6 committee and voted last year to impeach Donald Trump.
“You will no longer be recognized as the official Republican Congressional Representative by the Park County Republican Party,” Park County Republicans chairman Martin Kimmet wrote.
Carbon County Republicans followed suit and also voted unanimously to de-recognize Cheney.
“Park County set up the ball, Carbon County spiked it,” Joey Correnti, chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party, said.
“And now other counties, I say by the end of the week you’ll have at least three or four other counties that are having meetings that will pass a similar resolution,” he added.