Democrats Fear Cheney Losing Her Primary Losing to Former President Trump
Rep. Liz Cheney is expected to lose Tuesday’s Republican primary in Wyoming to a challenger who supports Donald Trump, having inflamed anger against the former president with her vows to impeach him and her work on the House Special Committee investigating riots on January 6. Liz Cheney may lose her seat on Tuesday in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s Western district, the most-watched congressional race this year. Show caption Hide caption Liz Cheney has to beat the Trump hold over the Republican party to keep her Wyoming seat. Liz Cheney soured Republican voters when she took on Donald Trump; now, she faces off against the nominee she is endorsed and his hold over the Republican Party. The latest push to unseat Liz Cheney comes ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary.
With a Trump-supporting establishment still firmly in control of the GOP, the criticism has cost Cheney a significant amount of her support in the heavily Republican state and is threatening to put an end to her congressional career. Cheney has been forced to plead for crossover support from Democratic minorities and counting on the endorsements of establishment Republicans like her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has attacked pro-Trumps as the greatest threat to American democracy in history. Cheney and her defenders are campaigning heavily on an anti-Democratic message, trying to tie her to her party’s minority faction, which is opposed to Trump and the former president. Dean Phillips fierce criticism of Donald Trump’s denials and behavior surrounding Jan. 6 earned her the ire of the Republican base, as well as some Republican colleagues, who ousted her as the House leader. Liz Cheney’s role as the deputy chairwoman of the committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attacks made her the most prominent opponent of Trump’s false claims of voter fraud, often giving lengthy soliloquies about democracy and the threats that Trump poses to it.
In early 2021, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump over his role in instigating the Jan. 6 attacks on the United States Capitol and has since emerged as the Republican Party’s most outspoken anti-Trump voice, serving, most notably, as the deputy chair of the House Select Committee investigating the attacks. Rep. Liz Cheney, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, was the last of the 10 GOP members in the House to vote in favor of impeaching Trump in 2021. According to recent polling data in heavily red Wyoming, is trailing her Donald Trump-backed opponent by double digits. Four of the 10 GOP House GOP opponents of Trump The Houses 10 Republican opponents decided not to run for reelection in GOP primaries that they were likely to lose; three were defeated by Trump-backed challengers; and now-embattled Rep. Liz Cheney is fighting to hang on to the seat once held by her father, former vice president Dick Cheney. As a political operative, and most recently, as the Houses senior Republican, Cheney has established herself as a neoconservative warmonger, with crass attacks on immigrants, Muslims, and progressives as toxic — and just as much Trump-like — as her most extreme members in the caucus. Incumbent Liz Cheney enraged some when she mounted a brief primary challenge in 2014 against then-incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi, which focused heavily on her family’s heritage, and was attacked as a carpetbagger when she ran for Congress in 2016.
In an August 2016 interview with conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh, Liz Cheney called on Republicans to unite behind (Trump) in order to defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin, the state’s elected governor, and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, have faced deep skepticism from constituents who believe that the national spotlight has become more important to them than listening to and attending to the people who elected them. With prominent Republicans like former President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, trying to convert existing Republican voters against Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, the incumbent is hoping to convert a few new ones to keep her. McGinley said that although she does not think polls indicate trial attorney Harriet Hageman is leading substantially and believes that Wyoming’s most populous, moderate areas will turn out for Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, she acknowledged it is a close race for the three-term congresswoman.
If a significant Democratic-to-Republican switch happens at a GOP primary vote site in Wyoming, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, currently serving, could gain an additional 30 votes, writes Jonathan Schechter. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney seems guaranteed to lose her seat because of intense Republican opposition to her role as the committee’s co-chairwoman investigating a Capitol protest on Jan. 6, 2021. She is also facing criticism for her vote in favor of impeaching former President Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting that uprising.
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