Former President Donald Trump has thrown his full support behind attorney Harriet Hageman in what has become a rather crowded field of candidates looking to take on Rep. Liz Cheney, who seems to despise Trump.
“I strongly endorse Republican House of Representatives Candidate Harriet Hageman from Wyoming who is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican, Liz Cheney,” Trump revealed in a statement put out on Thursday.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
Hageman, senior litigation counsel for the nonprofit conservative-libertarian law firm New Civil Liberties Alliance , launched her campaign on Thursday. She worked as a campaign adviser to Cheney for her short-lived 2014 Wyoming Senate bid and her 2016 House campaign.
“Liz Cheney betrayed us because of her personal war with President Trump,” Hageman went on to say in a statement on Thursday.
Trump has made a string of revenge endorsements of challengers to Republicans whom he dislikes or who voted in favor of impeaching him earlier this year. But the Cheney reelection bid could be the biggest test of his endorsement power and one of the most personal races.
Cheney was the highest-ranking House Republican to vote in favor of impeaching Trump for “incitement of insurrection” earlier this year, and the move prompted the House Republican Conference to remove her as chairwoman. Cheney has remained vocal in her criticism of Trump and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed her to a House select committee to investigate the riot. Some Republicans think Cheney should be removed from the Republican Conference.
“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney,” the former president stated. “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.”
Wyoming has an overwhelming number of GOP voters in the state, which essentially means that whoever wins the primary will take the seat next August during the 2022 election.
“Some Republican operatives in Wyoming searching for an ideal challenger to Cheney had long been trying to persuade Hageman to enter the race. Her supporters believe that she can lead the anti-Cheney field as a popular activist, lauding her background in constitutional law,” the report continued.
“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),” Trump added.
Rep. Cheney responded to Trump’s endorsement by tweeting, “Here’s a sound bite for you: Bring it.”
“It is tragic that some in this race have sacrificed those principles, and their duty to the people of Wyoming, out of fear and in favor of loyalty to a former president who deliberately misled the American people about the 2020 election, provoked an attack on the U.S. Capitol, and failed to perform his duties as president as the violence ensued,” Cheney prattled on and in in a longer statement on Thursday.
Here’s a sound bite for you: Bring it. pic.twitter.com/VmET1JUs12
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 9, 2021