With Trump, Against Cheney

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy endorses primary challenger to the Wyoming Republican.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy endorsed the GOP primary challenger to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday, his latest show of fealty to former President Trump as Republicans try to take control of Congress.

McCarthy did not mention Cheney by name as he announced he was backing attorney Harriet Hageman in the August primary.

“The most successful representatives in Congress focus on the needs of their constituents, and throughout her career, Harriet has championed America’s natural resources and helped the people of Wyoming reject burdensome and onerous government overreach,” the Bakersfield Republican said.

Hageman — once a Cheney ally — did not hold back, saying that Cheney has become an ineffective leader and was being used by Democrats to “achieve their partisan goals.”

“Cheney is doing nothing to help us, she is actively damaging the Republican Party — both in Wyoming and nationally — and it’s time for her to go,” said Hageman, who has frequently battled the federal government over its environmental policies and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.

A Cheney spokesman pointed to comments from prominent Wyoming journalists deriding the importance of a California politician’s endorsement to Hageman’s prospects.

“Wow, she must be really desperate,” spokesman Jeremy Adler said.

McCarthy’s move against Cheney is not surprising. Though Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, overwhelmingly supported Trump’s policies, she became an outspoken critic of his bogus claims that the 2020 election was rigged and of his role in urging his supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

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  1. Eleanor Howard says

    This is just another example of Kevin McCarthy responding to which way the wind is blowing. Everyone remembers how long McCarthy stood by Liz Cheney when she voted to impeach President Trump. Everyone remembers how long McCarthy stood by Liz Cheney when she headed the Republican House Caucus. Everyone remembers how McCarthy made it a voice vote the first time to oust her as RHC leader. Finally, when the wind changed direction and he had no choice, McCarthy offered a second vote to push Cheney out. If Republicans take the House as expected, Kevin McCarthy should NOT be Speaker. He has no spine!

  2. Kevin McCathy probable took an oath of loyalty to the great, wannabe, tin-horn dictator, much like Germans swore loyalty to Hitler, not to their nation. Very sick what’s happening these days.

  3. LA Slimes? No Gracias.

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