The Lincoln Project is calling US Rep. Liz Cheney’s primary defeat ‘the end of the Republican Party’ as Democrat allies hit back against Trump-backed winner Harriet Hagenman.
Cheney notified her supporters Tuesday night that she had called Hagerman and accepted the run, much to the dismay of the anti-Trump super PAC The Lincoln Project.
“Tonight, the nation marks the end of the Republican Party,” the group said in a statement. ‘What remains is an authoritarian nationalist cult that shares the name and branding of the traditional GOP, but is actually devoted solely to Donald Trump.’
Former National Finance Chairman John Cooper was among prominent Democrats to mourn the loss, but Cheney warned Republicans to remain in the national spotlight after hinting at a 2024 presidential run against Trump in his speech.
Cooper tweeted: ‘I hate to break the news to you, Donald, but Liz Cheney is not going anywhere.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s primary loss is ‘the end of the Republican Party,’ after the Lincoln Project, the anti-Trump super PAC, admitted to Harriet Hageman on Tuesday night.
The Lincoln Project says the GOP has been overtaken by “an authoritarian nationalist cult devoted solely to Donald Trump.”
Democratic allies, such as former Congressman John Cooper, mourned the loss but warned that he would remain in the spotlight after Cheney hinted at a possible 2024 presidential campaign.
10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment
- Rep. Liz Cheney – lost the primary
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez – Retired
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler – lost the primary
- Rep. John Katko – Retired
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger – Retired
- Rep. Peter Meijer – lost the primary
- Rep. Dan Newhouse – won the primary
- Rep. Tom Rice – lost the primary
- Representative Fred Upton – Retired
- Rep. David Valadao – won the primary
Denver Riggleman, a former Democratic congressman from Virginia, said he was proud to serve with Cheney on the January 6 committee and that the fight for American ‘integrity’ will continue.
The honor of serving with @RepLizCheney on @January6thCmte integrity and winning elections can be mutually exclusive and they often are. i know I’ve been there.
“The fight continues,” he added.
Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and presidential candidate, echoed predictions that Cheney was bound to lose the primary, but he kept his dignity intact.
‘@RepLizCheney is going to lose tomorrow. By doing a lot. But he will lose his honor and integrity intact,’ Walsh tweeted.
‘She will be lost as an American hero defending her country and the Constitution. She will stand alone in a party of cowards and lose as a woman of infinite courage. Thanks Liz.’
Star Trek actor George Takei, an outspoken critic of Trump, praised Cheney and said he looks forward to his potential 2024 primary challenge against the former president.
“If Liz Cheney runs against Trump in the Republican primary, she will be able to say what others dare not say: that Trump lost the 2020 election, lied to the nation about it, incited rebellion, and is an ongoing threat.” On our national security,’ Takei wrote. ‘I’m here for it.’
Many vocal Democrats took to social media in an outpouring of support for the defeated Cheney
Democratic consultant and strategist Adam Parkomenko noted that Cheney’s fight in Wyoming has put his role as chairman of the Jan. 6 Committee at the center of national politics.
“Two things worth remembering tonight: 1. Kevin McCarthy actively and publicly supported his opponent to remove Liz Cheney from Congress, Parkhomenko wrote.
‘[Two]. Kevin McCarthy’s cell phone records are part of an ongoing January 6. committee investigation.’
Senatorial hopeful Evan McMullin of Utah said the US needs Cheney in the future to ‘keep America strong’.
‘Truth is a rare commodity in Washington. I admire @LizCheney’s courage to speak truth to power,’ McMullin wrote.
‘We need more leaders who will put country before party and build a coalition of principled patriots to protect our democracy and keep America strong.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney suggested the possibility of a 2024 presidential campaign in her concession speech Tuesday night.
Trump criticized Cheney’s concession speech, calling it ‘disappointing’ as he repeated false claims that his 2020 presidential election was certain to lose.
Attorney Harriet Hageman delivers a victory speech Tuesday in Cheyenne. She said her win had ‘put the elite on notice’.
In his concession speech Tuesday in Jackson, Wyoming, Cheney drew comparisons to President Lincoln, who lost a string of races before winning the White House.
“Before Abraham Lincoln lost the Senate and the House, he won the most important election,” Cheney said.
Although hinting at presidential aspirations, much of his time at the podium was spent denouncing former President Donald Trump, to whose baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen he attributed his defeat.
“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73 percent of the vote,” Cheney said, recalling the pre-Trump political landscape. ‘I could easily do it again. The way was clear.
But I had to go along with President Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. I cannot and will not take that path.’
Former President Donald Trump (right) held a rally for Harriet Hagerman (left) in late May and called her to a tele-rally Monday night where she spoke with Rep. Liz protested against Cheney.
Rep. Liz Cheney told supporters she had called Harriet Hageman and conceded the race was being called, saying part of American democracy was accepting the ‘respectable’ election results.
In his speech, Cheney warned Americans that Trump is not the choice for 2024, condemning the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, of which he led a Senate hearing investigating the deadly violence.
Our nation is once again being pushed towards crisis, chaos and violence. “No American should support those who refuse to be elected to any position of real responsibility where their refusal to uphold the rule of law will corrupt our future,” Cheney said of the attack on the Capitol, which was carried out by Trump supporters.
‘Like many Americans, I thought the violence and chaos of that day would have inspired a united response … Instead, key elements of my party still staunchly defend those who perpetrated it,’ he added.
She also called on people of all parties to unite against those who reject the 2020 presidential results, saying baseless claims against the US election are an attack on democracy.
‘This is not a game. We must all be committed to the eternal defense of this miraculous experiment called America.’
Trump criticized Cheney in the speech, repeating his false claims that the election was stolen, saying it was him who threatened democracy.
“Liz Cheney’s disheartening concession speech, before a ‘small’ crowd in the Great State of Wyoming, focused on her belief that the 2020 presidential election, contrary to overwhelming and conclusive evidence, was not rigged and stolen,” Trump wrote. In True Social.
‘It was, and this does not even count the fact that many electoral changes in many states, not approved by the state legislatures, must be an absolute.
‘Liz Cheney is an idiot who played into the hands of those who want to destroy our country’!
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (left) appears with her father, Vice President Dick Cheney (right), at a polling place in Jackson, Wyoming, where she spoke to CBS News.
Former President Donald Trump Rep. Delighted in Liz Cheney’s loss – as she targeted impeachment supporter and January 6 committee member to oust her No. 1 2022.
At the top of his concession speech, Cheney informed his supporters that he had called Trump-endorsed opponent Harriet Hageman and conceded the race — part of American democracy is to “respectfully” accept election results.
Speaking to supporters at the Cheyenne Frontier Days event center, Hageman characterized his victory as an effort to ‘remove control politicians’ from Washington, DC’s ‘one-sided party – those Democrats and Republicans who don’t really care which party is in power.’ As long as they are.’
‘Wyoming has put the elite on notice,’ Hageman said, adding that if you want to represent the Cowboy State, ‘you better live in Wyoming.’
She also thanked Trump for his early support — and used her trademark Apprentice line.
“If we put you in power, you will be accountable … you will answer to us,” she said. ‘And if you don’t, we’ll fire you.’
Former President Donald Trump — who had made Cheney his No. 1 2022 target — was pleased with his defeat.
“This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke to an unelected committee of political hacks and thugs,” the former president said.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, her behavior and her despicable, sanctimonious words and actions toward others,” Trump continued. ‘Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is now.’
‘THANK YOU WYOMING!’ Trump added.