liz cheneyone of the few figures with weight in the Republican party who has openly confronted Donald Trump, has lost this Tuesday with forcefulness the Republican primary for his Wyoming seat in the House of Representatives.
The result was expected, after the winner, Harriet Hageman, will have an abundant advantage in the polls. But it is still symbolic of Trump’s dominance in the Republican party: Cheney was his number one enemy, a persistent critic of his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections and one of the great promoters of the House committee. investigating Trump’s role in those efforts, which culminated in the tragic assault on Capitol Hill.
With close to 80% of the vote counted, Hageman had almost 65% of the vote, compared to just 31% for Cheney, a pedigree Republican, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney clashed with Republicans for supporting Trump
Cheney had also become a nuisance to Republican Party leaders, whom he It did not stop making it ugly that they stayed by Trump’s side so as not to lose his favor or that of his enormous electoral base. “There will be a time when Donald Trump is gone, but your disgrace will remain,” he dedicated to them in June, at the opening of the committee hearings on the assault on Capitol Hill.
After confronting Trump and supporting his ‘impeachment’ or impeachment trial for that embarrassing episode, his fellow caucuses he was removed from his leadership position in the House of Representatives -it was ‘number three’- and the Wyoming Republican Party failed it.
Cheney’s loss culminates Trump’s primary scramble against fractious Republicans. Of the 213 Republican deputies in the Lower House, only ten dared to support the ‘impeachment’. Only two have survived in politics: Four have preferred not to stand for re-election and another four, including Cheney, have fallen in primaries against candidates supported by Trump. Among the latter there are some, like Hageman herself, who have been able to accommodate themselves to ‘Trumpism’ to advance in politics. At the 2016 Republican convention, after Trump won the primary, Hageman was one of those who tried to prevent him from becoming the party’s nominee. She called him the “weakest candidate” and called him “racist and xenophobic.” She has now gained Trump’s support by joining her claim, without backing from the courts or the authorities, that the election was “rigged.”
“She should be ashamed of herself”
The ex-president spared no attacks on Cheney as soon as the results were known, which he described as a “complete rebuke” to the work of the congressional committee investigating it. “Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she has acted, her vindictive and sanctimonious words and her actions against others,” she wrote on her social network Truth Social. She repeated her usual falsehoods about ‘election theft’ in 2020 and called Cheney a “fool played by those who want to destroy our country.”
“Now he can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion, where, I am sure, he will be much happier than he is now,” he dedicated.
It doesn’t sound like those are Cheney’s plans. The Republican has shown that will maintain his principled position against Trump inside and outside Congress.
“I will do everything I can to ensure that Trump is never near the Oval Office again,” he said in his speech to concede defeat. Cheney will use the months remaining in his seat to continue his crusade against Trump and his electoral lie. In the fall elections, will campaign against the republicans support those theories.
“The survival of democracy is not guaranteed”
In his speech, he warned that, in this context and with Trump at the head of the party, the survival of democracy American “is not guaranteed.”
“Our country is moving forward again. the crisis, illegality and violence», he assured. “No American should support those who deny the election result for any position of responsibility.”
Starting in 2023, it will try to prevent a return of ‘trumpism’ to the White House. Perhaps with his own presidential candidacy. If Trump maintains this power over the party, a claw will be enough to get it out of the way.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism