Last Tuesday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) went down to a decisive defeat in her primary race against Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman, an event which soon prompted a public back-and-forth over a purported voicemail concession, as the New York Post reports.
Amid a fierce rivalry among the two GOP candidates, Hageman ultimately prevailed by a wide margin, and the controversy over dueling voice mail recordings was sparked during a chat the winner had with Fox News host Sean Hannity later in the week.
When asked by Hannity whether Cheney had offered any words of acknowledgement or congratulation after Tuesday’s results became clear, Hageman indicated that she had received a voicemail from the lawmaker, but that it did not include “any kind of a concession.”
“There wasn’t a phone call… . She called and left a very brief two-second message. All she said was ‘hello, Harriet,” Hageman told Hannity.
“It was about 8:15 last night and I was just getting ready to go on stage with my acceptance speech and I didn’t have an opportunity to visit with her,” Hageman added.
Cheney camp responds
Fighting back against Hageman’s claim, the Cheney camp swiftly set about providing Politico with a recording the congresswoman claims to have left on the night in question – one which was much more cordial in nature than the one the representative-elect described.
“Hi, Harriet, it is Liz Cheney calling. It is about 8:13 on Tuesday the 16th. I’m calling to concede the election and congratulate you on the win. Thanks,” the legislator was heard to say.
That release prompted the Hageman campaign to release a video indicating the receipt of a voicemail from Cheney that contained only the words “Howdy Harriet,” which were followed by nothing but approximately ten seconds of silence, causing some to wonder whether a technical glitch prematurely ended the call or perhaps Cheney fabricated a message after the fact.
Given former President Donald Trump’s support of Hageman in her battle against one of his most ardent critics, it is no surprise that media foes of 45 were quick to capitalize on Cheney’s accusation of dishonesty against her rival in the wake of the election.
Anti-Trump pundit Stephen Hayes tweeted soon after the release of Cheney’s supposedly smoking-gun recording, saying, “It’s such a small thing but it says so much. The lying is inveterate. It’s habitual. Say anything at all – true or untrue – so long as it wins you MAGApplause. And there will be zero price paid for having been caught in such an embarrassing lie.”
However, once Hageman released her own recording – which seemed at the very least to muddy the waters regarding Cheney’s account – Hayes had no choice but to issue something of a mea culpa, saying, “I tweeted last night accusing Harriet Hageman of lying about the voicemail concession left for her by Liz Cheney. I was wrong,” noting that subsequent reporting “suggests tech issues may have caused the problem.”
As is often the case with the left, projection is the name of the game, and despite Hayes’ protestation that it is the former president and those who support him who are prone to throwing voluminous untruths against the wall in hopes something will stick, it is in fact members of the liberal media– from pee tapes, to Russian collusion, to nuclear documents in Melania’s Mar-a-Lago closets – who are routinely guilty of precisely that offense.