Trump calls Liz Cheney’s defeat ‘a complete rebuke’

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney found herself being soundly defeated on Tuesday night, losing to Republican primary challenger Harriet Hageman.

Among those to weigh in on that outcome was former President Donald Trump, who said it has national significance.  

“Wonderful” for the country

“Congratulations to Harriet Hageman on her great and very decisive WIN in Wyoming,” Trump said in a post on his social media platform Truth Social.

The former president went on to describe the election result as being “wonderful” for the country. He added that it comes as “a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs.”

“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” Trump declared.

“Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now. Thank you WYOMING!” he said.

Cheney compares herself to Abraham Lincoln

Cheney has become one of the Republican Party’s most vocal anti-Trump voices, being one of only 10 GOP House members to vote for his impeachment following the January 6 on Capitol Hill.

She was later chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on a select committee tasked with investigating the riot and Trump’s alleged role in it.

For her part, Cheney responded to the loss on Tuesday night by delivering a concession speech in which she compared herself to President Abraham Lincoln.

“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all,” Fox News quoted Cheney as telling a group of supporters in Jackson, Wyoming.

“Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history,” she continued.

“Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said that, ‘We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.’ As we meet here tonight, that remains our greatest and most important task,” she added.

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