Former President Donald Trump slammed GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday, calling the Wyoming Republican Trump “big-shot warmonger” After Cheney called out his lies about the result of the 2020 presidential election.
“Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming,” Trump said in a statement. “She is so low that her only chance would be if vast numbers of people run against her which, hopefully, won’t happen. They never liked her much, but I say she’ll never run in a Wyoming election again!”
Trump’s attack on Cheney came after the GOP conference chairwoman sent off a tweet calling out Trump and his loyal foot soldiers for claiming that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney, one of the harshest critics of former President Trump in either party, tweeted on Monday. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
Top allies of the former president are vowing to oust Cheney from her leadership post by the end of the month.
They argue that the No. 3 Republican has repeatedly contradicted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team, undermining the party’s message and its efforts to take back the House majority in next year’s midterm elections.
“There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month’s end,” one key McCarthy ally declared on Monday. “When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference; it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.”
The internal hostility reflects the extraordinary sway that Trump holds over the party even after his election defeat.