Liz Cheney And Trump Backed Challenger Clash At Wyoming GOP Debate

False claims about the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 House selection committee investigation were prominent during the Republican Wyoming primary debate when Representative Liz Cheney faced four challengers, including Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.

During the debate hosted by Wyoming PBS, Cheney, Hageman, Robyn Belinskey, Senator Anthony Bouchard and Denton Knapp discussed a number of issues ahead of the Aug. 16 primary, including how to deal with rising inflation and infrastructure development.

However, it was the 2020 election and the House selection committee’s investigation into the Capitol riots, of which Cheney is vice president, that dominated proceedings.

Cheney, who is fighting for her political future after being censored by the Republican National Committee and the GOP of Wyoming to no longer recognize her as part of the party for her role on the Jan. 6 panel and criticizing Trump, fought impeachment van Hageman that the panel was irrelevant to the people of Wyoming.

Rep. Liz Cheney faced accusations from opponent Harriet Hageman that her role on the Jan. 6 commission hadn’t focused her on the people of Wyoming. Above, Cheney takes on Hageman during the GOP’s primary debate in Wyoming on June 30, 2022.
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“We now have a committee in Congress, they are focusing on something that happened 18 months ago,” Hageman said. “They don’t focus on the things that matter to the people of Wyoming and they also ignore the corruption that is absolutely destroying Washington DC and bringing the rest of the country down.”

Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, defended her role on the panel and continued her attacks on Hageman and former President Trump.

“There is a real tragedy going on, and the tragedy is that there are politicians in this country, starting with Donald Trump, who have lied to the American people and the people have been betrayed,” Cheney said. “He has consistently said that the elections were stolen when they were not.”

Cheney also noted how former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, who is now an adviser to Hageman’s campaign, testified before the Jan. 6 panel that Trump had no basis on which to declare himself the winner on November 2020 election night before all the votes. were counted.

“I’d like to know whether or not my opponent, Mrs. Hagemann, will say tonight that the election was not stolen,” Cheney said. “She knows it wasn’t stolen. I don’t think she can say it wasn’t stolen because she owes Donald Trump completely.”

Cheney again urged Hageman to admit during the debate that she supports Trump’s false claim about the 2020 election elsewhere.

“Hageman stands here and claims the election was stolen or fraud was committed enough to undo the election,” Cheney said. “She should say it. Otherwise, she should stop making claims that aren’t true and tell the people of Wyoming the truth.”

While Hageman didn’t directly say she believed Trump’s last election was stolen by voter fraud — a baseless accusation that has been debunked multiple times — she did say she shared “concerns” about its legitimacy that other Americans have.

Hageman referred to highly controversial claims about the use of drop boxes in the conspiracy theorist documentary, 2,000 mulescreated by right-wing political commentator Dinesh D’Souza, as a “great concern”.

According to an internal poll by a pro-Hageman group released in June, the Trump-backed candidate has the support of 56 percent of voters, compared to 28 percent who said they would support Cheney.

Cheney has raised millions of dollars more than Hageman during her reelection campaign. However, a significant portion of the money comes from out of state and from those who cannot vote for her.

The debate was closed to the public Thursday after one of the candidates received death threats, according to Wyoming PBS.

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