Making sure that anti-Trump Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney is defeated in her 2022 midterm primary election is a top goal for Donald Trump, according to a spokesman for the former president.
In an interview published on Saturday, Trump spokesman Jason Miller told the Washington Post that Trump’s political advisers have been calling Wyoming officials to discuss potential primary challengers to Cheney.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) May 5, 2021
Trump Committed To Seeing Cheney Defeated In 2022
Miller said that for Team Trump, unseating Cheney was “one of the highest priorities as far as primary endorsements go.”
Trump met with advisers in Florida as recently as Monday to begin analyzing 2022 campaign endorsements, according to sources close with the former president.
According to those sources, Trump wants to support a single candidate against Cheney. He does not want to divide the vote, knowing multiple challengers would make it easier for Cheney to retain her seat.
Cheney is already in hot water back home in Wyoming for her vote to impeach Trump.
She has already drawn primary challengers and was censured by County Republican parties in Wyoming for her impeachment vote.
This news comes in the wake of it being all but certain that Republicans will vote to remove Cheney from her role as House Republican Conference chairwoman this week.
Trump and other Republican leaders have endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Cheney in Republican leadership.
Cheney’s gotta go!!!
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— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) May 7, 2021
Trump: Cheney Is A ‘Warmongering Fool’
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have signaled that they will support removing Cheney from her post.
Scalise and McCarthy had previously defended Cheney as she faced attacks for her vote to impeach Trump earlier this year over his alleged role in the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
Cheney has been a fierce critic of Trump, claiming that the former president’s efforts questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election have been damaging to the Republican Party and the country.
In response, Trump called Cheney a “warmongering fool” in a statement.
Statement from former Pres. Trump:
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership … Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL endorsement for GOP Conference Chair.” pic.twitter.com/PSAoesfuDk
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 5, 2021
Trump also claimed Cheney “has virtually no support left in the Great State of Wyoming” and “continues to unknowingly and foolishly say that there was no Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election when in fact, the evidence, including no Legislative approvals as demanded by the U.S. Constitution, shows the exact opposite.”
Cheney responded to Trump in an op-ed for the Washington Post on Wednesday, writing “Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law.”
Cheney encouraged Republicans to avoid Trump’s “cult of personality.”
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