Cheney calls out chief rival as ‘beholden to Donald Trump’


‘She can’t say that it wasn’t stolen because she’s completely beholden to Donald Trump’: Liz Cheney takes a swipe at her GOP primary opponent Harriet Hageman in heated Wyoming debate

  • Rep. Liz Cheney shamed her Republican rivals for peddling former President Donald Trump’s false 2020 election fraud claims
  • She debated the four Republicans trying to challenge her for Wyoming’s only House seat Thursday night 
  • Cheney especially called out Harriet Hageman, who is Trump’s chosen candidate to take her place 
  • ‘I think that she can’t say that it wasn’t stolen because she’s completely beholden to Donald Trump,’ Cheney said  

Rep. Liz Cheney shamed her Republican rivals for peddling former President Donald Trump‘s false 2020 election fraud claims, including the Wyoming House candidate Trump chose to take her place, Harriet Hageman. 

‘I think that she can’t say that it wasn’t stolen because she’s completely beholden to Donald Trump,’ Cheney said of Hageman during Thursday night’s Wyoming House debate. 

Cheney shared the stage with four Republicans trying to unseat her, the most prominent being Hageman, as well as small business owner Robyn Belinskey, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard and U.S. Army veteran Denton Knapp. 

Rep. Liz Cheney

Harriet Hageman

Rep. Liz Cheney (left) slammed her primary rival Harriet Hageman (right) during the Wyoming House debate Thursday night. ‘I think that she can’t say that it wasn’t stolen because she’s completely beholden to Donald Trump,’ Cheney said of Hageman’s embrace of the ‘big lie’ 

On Thursday night, Rep. Liz Cheney (middle podium) debated her four primary rivals (from left): Harriet Hageman, business owner Robyn Belinskey, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard and U.S. Army veteran Denton Knapp

On Thursday night, Rep. Liz Cheney (middle podium) debated her four primary rivals (from left): Harriet Hageman, business owner Robyn Belinskey, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard and U.S. Army veteran Denton Knapp 

Hageman opened the debate by railing against ‘two different systems of justice in this country,’ suggesting Hunter Biden, Hillary Clinton and even President Joe Biden are treated differently ‘conservatives, or Republicans, who are being punished for expressing a First Amendment right’ – seemingly a reference to those involved in the January 6 Capitol attack. 

Cheney – the Republican co-chair of the January 6 House select committee – hit Hageman back when it was her turn to speak. 

Cheney asserted that the assault on the Capitol by Trump’s supporters was ‘clearly an attempt to delay to count the electoral votes.’ 

‘Anybody who was there understands the violence that was involved,’ Cheney said. ‘I’m frankly stunned that one of my opponents on this stage, who is a member of the Wyoming bar, who has sworn an oath – like many of us on this stage have – to the Constitution, would be in a position where she is suggesting that somehow what happened on January 6 was justified.’ 

Hageman is an attorney. 

‘We have to defend our constitutional republic,’ Cheney went on. ‘As I made clear last night, we have to put our oath to the Constitution above party.’ 

‘We are now embracing a cult of personality and I won’t be part of that,’ she also said. ‘I will always stand for my oath and stand for the truth.’

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