JACKSON, Wyo. (Fwrd Axis) — Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was defeated in the Republican primary in Wyoming on Tuesday but vowed her work is not done despite her loss.
Liz Cheney lost to Harriet Hageman, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. The loss is Trump’s revenge for Cheney’s vote last year to impeach him along with her work on the House Select Committee that is investigating Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Hageman defeated Cheney by more than 32 points but Cheney vowed her work is not done.
“This primary election is over,” Cheney told her supporters. “But now the real work begins.”
Without getting into specifics about her future plans, Cheney said that Trump, who has hinted at running for president again in 2024, is a threat to democracy and vowed to ensure he will not return to the Oval Office.
“I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never anywhere near the Oval Office and I mean it,” she said. “I love my country more.”
Trump congratulated Hageman but took the time to slam Cheney on his Truth Social social media platform late Tuesday.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” he wrote. “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.”
Hageman echoed much of Trump’s words in her victory speech, saying Republicans will “hold our elected officials accountable for their actions”.
“What Wyoming has shown today is that, while it may not be easy, we can dislodge entrenched politicians who believe they’ve risen above the people they are supposed to represent,” Hageman told her supporters.
In her concession speech, Cheney compared herself to Abraham Lincoln, a Republican who lost a Senate race before going on to win the presidency. Now many are questioning if she will follow that same path.
“Donald Trump knows that voicing these conspiracies will provoke violence and threats of violence,” she said. “It is entirely foreseeable that the violence will escalate further.”