Cheney’s defeat in Wyoming marked the GOP’s total capitulation to Trump’s election lie

In a pivotal moment for the GOP, Rep. Liz Cheney, the most ferocious and staunch Republican opponent of former President Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, was rejected by Wyoming voters in her own party on Tuesday night. done.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and the committee’s vice chair on Jan. 6, lost her primary election to Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman, who echoed Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was rigged. was done “

Hagman had been leading Cheney in the polls for months, and apparently beat his opponent by a wide margin Tuesday night. The result signals a shift for the Republican Party to embrace baseless myths about the 2020 election that have already fueled violence and unrest, such as the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the possibility It is expected to increase in the next few days. The year

Rep. Liz Chaney. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Chinese were defiant in defeat. “Now the real work begins,” he told supporters after the race was called. “I’ve said I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office, and I mean it.”

The defeat of the Chinese – which He called “The beginning of a war” in which “our democracy is truly under attack” — capping a four-month series of Republican primaries that tested the extent to which Trump still commands party loyalty among voters. His effort to impeach Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, was clearly doomed by late March.

But Trump’s late entry into the Ohio Senate primary, courtesy of high-profile writer J.D. Vance, gave him an early victory that ended Trump’s humiliation of winning the camp in late May.

The spring and summer contests were volatile for Trump-backed candidates. But until the Wyoming results, candidates refusing to recognize the 2020 election results raced through Arizona’s Republican Party.

And when the Washington Post tallied up the year’s contests this week, it showed that in six battleground states that will likely decide the next presidential election — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — Nominated by Republican voters. 87 candidates who have a role in the electoral certification process. This includes candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, US Senate and House of Representatives.

Of the 87 people who Republican voters chose to run against Democrats in the fall election, 54 say they reject the 2020 election results.

Anti-Chinese billboard

Anti-Chinese sentiment in Laramie, Wyo. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Cheney, however, has always been Trump’s greatest enemy, and with his defeat, the Republican Party is virtually wiped out. With few exceptions, Republican lawmakers who staunchly rejected Trump’s false election claims have been wiped out.

China was not always Trump’s enemy. A conservative, she was first elected to Congress in 2016, when Trump won the White House. During his presidency, Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time.

In 2018, he was selected by his Republican colleagues in the House to be the third-ranking member of the House of Representatives, behind House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

Cheney also voted with Trump during his first impeachment in December 2019.

“Our Democratic colleagues have been working to remove this president since the day he was elected, looking for a crime they can impeach,” Cheney said.

Rioters trying to enter the Capitol building clash with police

Rioters clash with police trying to enter the Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters smashed windows and ransacked the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the 2020 election results. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Cheney said then that the effort to impeach Trump for abusing his power was “prejudicial, reckless and dangerous.”

But after the 2020 election, Cheney refused to bow to Trump’s evidence-free insistence that he had been cheated. On January 3, 2021, he distributed a 21-page memo to his Republican colleagues in the House and to the public.

Cheney’s memo details many of the allegations made by Trump and his allies, showing how none of them are supported by evidence, and how Trump’s lawyers repeatedly Barr failed to win any cases in federal courts.

After the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters who wanted to block the certification of the election, Cheney said she would vote to impeach Trump because he “called the crowd, gathered the crowd.” did, and ignited the attack. What followed was his doing.”

“Never has a president of the United States committed a greater betrayal of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said.

She was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for impeachment, and now, after her defeat, only two of those 10 remain: Rep. David Valadao of California and Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington state. The rest have either lost their primaries or declined to run for re-election.

Cheney was ousted from his leadership position by his fellow Republicans in 2021, after he repeatedly broke with McCarthy over his short stance on principle against Trump, after which he handed over to the former president. was given At the time, she said, “I will do everything I can to make sure that the former president never gets near the Oval Office again.”

Rep. Liz Chaney

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., during a House debate on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via EP)

Last September, Cheney was named vice chairman of the select committee investigating the January 6 attack. Over the past year, he has played a leading role in the committee’s work, repeatedly saying that Trump is an existential threat to America’s constitutional republic and its liberties.

Committee hearings revealed that even before January 6, Trump deliberately spread false claims about the election, that he and his allies engaged in a campaign to pressure state officials to change the election results. were, that they tried to appoint an Attorney General who went ahead. That campaign and that he tried to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election.

The committee will hold more hearings this fall, and Cheney will continue to play a prominent role in the process. But Cheney’s comments Tuesday evening made it clear that he is determined to dedicate himself to fighting Trumpism in the GOP, including a possible run for president in 2024.

In his speech Tuesday night, Cheney made a historical reference to former President Abraham Lincoln, saying he lost elections for the Senate and House before winning the presidency. Cheney himself has now lost a House election and dropped out of the Senate race in 2014.

“Freedom must not, cannot, and will not die here,” he said.

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