Former President Donald Trump’s congressional allies have increased their efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), with several well-known conservatives traveling to her home state in an effort to boost her primary opponent Harriet Hageman over the weekend.
In a mix of in-person and video speeches, politicians including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH), former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) took aim at Cheney, accusing her of being a “RINO” (Republican in name only) during a Trump rally on Saturday.
Trump has made Cheney one of his top targets, calling for GOP lawmakers to support Hageman and often releasing statements taking aim at Cheney over her vote to impeach him and her decision to join the January 6th select committee to investigate the riot at the Capitol. Cheney, who filed for reelection on Thursday, has stated that she won’t back down from her criticisms of Trump, calling for the party to move away from him.
Following her speech, Cammack told the Washington Examiner she feels that Cheney’s decision to join the January 6th select committee was divisive for members of the GOP conference.
“This is indicative of where the base is at, the base is no longer about the country club Republican, they want fighters. They want people who are going to stand up and push back and really hold Nancy Pelosi accountable, not join the committee that all the other Republicans got kicked off,” Cammack said.
“So, this is more about supporting an ‘America First’ candidate than anything else, because I truly believe we’ve got to be one team, one mission when we take the House back, and I say ‘when’ deliberately because we will,” she added.
McCarthy, who has publicly been at odds with Cheney, accused her of “pandering to the liberal media” in a video address.
“Wyoming needs a congresswoman in the House of Representatives who prioritizes the needs of her constituents, but, unfortunately, you don’t have that. Instead, you have a congresswoman who is obsessed with attacking President Donald J. Trump and pandering to the liberal media,” he said in the clip. “Fortunately, on Tuesday, August 16, you have a chance to vote for a tireless advocate for the people of Wyoming, Harriet Hageman.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who did not give a speech but flew in with Trump to the Cowboy State in support of Hageman, argued that if Cheney is reelected, she “will have zero voice” in the party.
“I, like many Republicans in my party, have tried my best to stay out of this. I had a relationship with the Cheneys, as you know. I took care of them when I first got to the White House. I was her father’s doctor for a while, I took care of her and her family, and I tried my best to just stay out of this,” Jackson told the Washington Examiner. “But it’s gotten to the point now where I have to speak out, I have to say something. And that’s one of the reasons that I’m here tonight is because we are done.”
Lauren Boebert also railed against Cheney, noting she defeated longtime GOP member of Congress in her own primary.
“I got here by taking out a five-term Republican incumbent. I am Wyoming, a professional RINO hunter, and it’s been brought to my attention that your RINO in chief needs to be taken out of Wyoming,” she told the crowd. “Let me tell you, Wyoming. This is where you make the difference. Liz Cheney may have the DCCC’s money, but Harriet Hagaman has something far better than PACs, she has we, the people, who will speak up and elect her.”
Cheney was ousted as the House Republican Conference chairwoman, which is the No. 3 position in House GOP leadership.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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