Donald Trump’s Republican Rival Loses Party’s Nomination to Return to Congress

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Aug 17, 2022

​Donald Trump’s archenemy and fellow Republican, Liz Cheney, has failed to win her party’s nomination to return to Congress. She lost to Ms. Hageman, who had Trump’s backing in the party’s primary election in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney represents Wyoming in congress, and she is regarded as Trump’s most vocal critic within the party. She is the Vice Chairman of the Congress Committee investigating the actions of the former President before, during, and after the January 6 Capitol riot. The result means she will not be standing as the party’s candidate during the November elections but will remain as vice chairman of that committee which is Trump’s biggest nightmare at the moment.

In her concession speech, the 56-year-old MP said she would do whatever it takes to stop Donald Trump from returning to the White House.

“I have said since January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office, and I mean it. This is a fight for all of us, together,” she said.

“I’m a conservative Republican. … But I love my country more. So I ask you tonight to join me: As we leave here, let us resolve that we will stand together, Republicans, Democrats, and independents, against those who would destroy our republic,” she added.

Liz, daughter of former Vice President, Dick Cheney, has been a very vocal critic of Donald Trump within the party. As vice chairman of the January 6 committee, she said the former president had spread false information regarding the 2020 elections.

“Donald Trump and his advisers knew that he had lost the elections. But despite this, President Trump engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information to convince huge portions of the U.S population that fraud had stolen the election from him,” Liz said at the first hearing of the committee.

In an exclusive interview with TODAY, the congresswoman who won her 2020 primaries with over 73% of the votes said she knew it was a risk to stand against the former president, but doing so would mean accepting “a big lie.”

“But that path would have required that I accept, that I embrace, that I perpetuate the ‘Big Lie,’ and I’ve been very clear at every moment since January 6 that there are some things that have got to be above politics — that there’s no political office that is more important than the principles that we take an oath to defend,” Liz said.

A Disappearance into Political Oblivion

Reacting to Cheney’s defeat, the former President of the United States said it was the beginning of her disappearance into “political oblivion.”

“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” Trump wrote. “Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion.”

Ms. Hageman, who believed the 2020 elections were rigged in favor of Biden, thanked Donald Trump for his “unwavering support” after an easy win.

Ten Republican MPs voted to impeach Trump during his time as President. Among them, only two have won the party’s nomination to return to Congress. Four did not contest the party’s primary, while the remaining four lost the party’s nomination. No wonder Ms. Liz said the party had accepted “Trump’s Cult Personality.”

What Next for Liz Cheney? 

While Donald Trump thinks Cheney would disappear into political oblivion, the 56-year-old lawyer says it was the beginning of the actual battle. She hinted at contesting for President, saying Abraham Lincoln lost smaller elections before winning the country’s presidency.

She admitted that it would not be easy to defeat Donald Trump, but she will do all it takes to achieve that goal.

“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat — a risk to our republic — and I think defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats, and independents and that’s what I intend to be a part of,” she said.

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