Donald Trump on Tuesday gloated about the almost-assured-defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney in the Wyoming GOP primary election, taking a dig at the Republican representative using his famous phrase: “You’re fired.”
Voters will decide the fate of the high-profile Republican as recent polls show Cheney behind her opponent, Harriet Hageman, by 29 points.
“This is your chance to send a message to the RINOs (Republican in Name Only) and the fake news media, the radical left lunatics, that we have unfortunately too many in our country, and you’re going to elect Harriet, and you’re going to tell warmonger Liz Cheney – so bad, so negative – Liz, you’re fired,” Trump told viewers at a tele-rally for Hageman on Monday.
Trump called the race “one of the most critical primary elections in the history of our country” and claimed the “whole world” was watching it. He also called Hageman “a friend” and a “person I have gotten to know very well”.
He also attacked Cheney for serving on the House select committee on January 6.
“Few members of Congress in history have personally caused more damage to our republic than Liz Cheney,” Trump claimed, adding that she is “phony” and her take on the 6 January riot was “grotesquely false and fabricated hysterical partisan narrative”.
“The Democrats use her for sound bites, they like to say ‘Republican Liz Cheney’ and then they go into these horrendous anti-Republican, anti-country sound bites. It’s been a disaster,” he continued.
“She’s aided and abetted the radical Democrat Party in their unhinged, lawless and dangerous witchhunt — a witchhunt that never ends.”
Cheney’s role in the House probe into the Jan 6 attack on the US Capitol angered Trump defenders. She lost her leadership position in the House Republican Conference and was also expelled by Wyoming’s Republican Party.
However, she has maintained her stance. Just last week, she said that Donald Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him was a “cancer” and “insidious”.