Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), once a rising star in the GOP, rocketed to the top of former President Donald Trump’s enemies list after she voted for his second impeachment and sided with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to join the highly partisan anti-Trump sham of a Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump had vowed to see Cheney primaried out of office, and that promise was fulfilled Tuesday night when she was decisively trounced by nearly 40 points by Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman, the Daily Caller reported.
The former president quite predictably celebrated his vicarious victory over the soon-to-be ex-congresswoman, who remained defiantly anti-Trump through the very end and will likely continue to oppose him vociferously over the coming years.
This result was not at all unexpected, as the Daily Caller noted that Rep. Cheney had trailed her challenger Hageman in the polls by anywhere from 20 to 30 points and, in fact, the race was called just 30 minutes after polls closed in Wyoming on Tuesday evening.
The Washington Post reported that, with around 99% of the votes counted, Cheney had garnered just shy of 29% of the vote total compared to the more than 66% of the vote that Hageman had received — an astounding spread of 37 points.
Cheney is now the fourth of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot who has since been defeated by a Trump-backed primary challenger.
Of the remaining six, only two survived their primary challenges while the other four either announced their retirements or, in the case of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), were redistricted out of office by the same Democrats he attempted to side with against Trump.
Trump celebrates Cheney’s defeat
The New York Post reported that former President Trump wasted no time in taking to his Truth Social platform to celebrate the substantial electoral loss that Cheney suffered Tuesday night, which he deemed a “wonderful result for America” and a “complete rebuke” of the anti-Trump Jan. 6 committee Cheney had joined.
Trump said Cheney “should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” and suggested she would now “disappear into the depths of political oblivion.”
In another post, he mocked her “uninspiring concession speech” and labeled her as “a fool who played right into the hands of those who want to destroy our Country!” He also separately suggested that Cheney’s “far bigger than had ever been anticipated” loss should serve as a “referendum on the never ending Witch Hunt” against him and lead to the “DISSOLUTION” of the Jan. 6 committee.
Cheney not going away just yet
Meanwhile, Politico reported that Cheney won’t quite fade into obscurity just yet, as her spokesman, Jeremy Adler, told the outlet that the congresswoman would soon be “launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president.”
That as-yet nameless organization could ultimately serve as a platform from which Cheney might potentially also launch a laughably futile 2024 bid that will do little more than soak up anti-Trump donor dollars and, if anything, help siphon away just enough votes to allow the Democrats to win the next election.