The elected American Liz Cheney, spokesperson for the anti-Trump Republicans, suffered a crushing defeat Tuesday in her primary in Wyoming, cementing the influence of the former president on her party.
The 56-year-old parliamentarian has been one of the Republican billionaire's main pet peeves since she dared to join the House committee investigating her role in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on Capitol Hill.
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney even co-chairs this group of elected officials, for whom Donald Trump “failed in his duty” during the attack carried out by his supporters to try to prevent the certification of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Donald Trump constantly denounces the work of this commission. For this reason, the 45th President of the United States had pledged to defeat Ms. Cheney, elected to the US House of Representatives since 2017. He had put all his weight behind his rival Harriet Hageman, a 59-year-old lawyer with who he went to campaign at the end of May, victorious in this Republican primary on Tuesday.
The Republican nomination in the election for the House of Representatives will therefore go to Donald Trump's protege, further strengthening the hold of the former White House tenant on the Republican Party, despite the numerous investigations of which it is the subject. As if, by dint of accumulation, all these affairs no longer had a hold on him.
In Wyoming, a state that voted more than 70% for Donald Trump in the last presidential election, candidate Harriet Hageman notably supports the theory promoted by the Trump clan that the 2020 election was “stolen” from the former president, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
For her part, Liz Cheney, who voted for the dismissal from which Donald Trump finally escaped, has been trying for more than a year to dismantle this thesis to which millions of Trumpists still adhere.
< p> “In our country, we do not take an oath to an individual or to a political party”, affirmed the elected official during a parliamentary hearing in mid-June, believing that the “defense of the American Constitution” deserved to put jeopardize his political career.
Since investigating Donald Trump and his entourage, the elected official has been targeted by a series of death threats and no longer travels without a police escort.
In her state, the first to grant women the right to vote in 1869, as a large mural in downtown Cheyenne recalls, the elected official had been forced to lead a kind of ghost campaign , without election meetings or public events.
This blonde woman with glasses, heiress of a very traditionalist, pro-gun and anti-abortion right, was also excommunicated by the Republican Party of Wyoming, whose leader himself took part in the demonstrations the day of the assault on the Capitol.
What future for the one who promised to do everything so that Donald Trump never approaches the Oval Office again? Rumors lend her presidential ambitions for the 2024 election, in which she could run as an independent if necessary.