Her father’s announcement was dropped less than two weeks before Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) faced a tough challenge from a Trump-backed candidate, attorney Harriet Hageman, during of its August 16 primary. Cheney has raised millions as his national profile soars, but that may not be enough to take on Trump and his advisers, who have poured money and energy into his withdrawal.
The former president’s anger began when Cheney joined nine other House Republicans in voting to impeach him after the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. Her role as a vocal critic of Trump cost Cheney her position as GOP leader, and she was censured by the Republican Party of Wyoming and the Republican National Committee.
Trump’s targeting of Cheney intensified when she agreed to be the top Republican on the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, where she starred in a series of tell-all hearings about the former president. and his entourage in the days that preceded. to attack. In the run-up to her primary, the Wyoming Republican has focused only on her new role as the face of the anti-Trump GOP.
“Lynne and I are so proud of Liz for standing up for the truth, doing the right thing, honoring her oath to the Constitution, because so many in our party are too scared to do it,” Dick Cheney said in the announcement, referring to his wife. “Liz isn’t afraid of anything. She never backs down from a fight. There is nothing more important she will ever do than lead the effort to ensure that Donald Trump is never in the Oval Office again and she will succeed.