Liz Cheney Loses Republican Primary
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) lost her primary election on Tuesday.
Cheney delivered a concession speech around 8:18P.M. Mountain Time. At the time of the speech, Cheney was losing by more than thirty percentage points to Harriet Hageman. Hageman received a powerful endorsement from former President Donald Trump during her campaign.
During the deliverance of her concession speech, Fox News, which is known for having some of the best chyrons in the cable news industry, displayed a lower third that read: "AWAITING RESULTS: CHENEY IS GETTING CRUSHED"
According to Cheney's concession speech, she suffered such a devastating defeat simply because she refused to "go along with President Trump's lie about the 2020 election."
"Our republic relies upon the good-will of all candidates for office to accept, honorably, the outcome of elections," Cheney said in her concession speech. "And tonight Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary. She won; I called her to concede the race. This primary election is over."
During the Trump administration, Cheney built a reputation for herself as one of President Donald Trump's most ardent critics. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who previously voted to impeach Trump.
Several Republican politicians, right-wing pundits, and Trump allies took to social media to celebrate Cheney's decisive defeat.
Directly mentioning Cheney, Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) simply and succinctly tweeted "Girl, BYE!"
Image Source: Twitter | @laurenboebert | August 16, 2022 at 21:37
In a longer tweet that amassed over 40 thousand likes, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) congratulated Hageman on her victory and called Cheney's perspective and policies on foreign policy damaging to America and wrong.
"Few people in Washington have been as wrong and damaging on foreign policy as Liz Cheney," Paul tweeted. "Congratulations to @HagemanforWY on her victory tonight. I look forward to working with an advocate for liberty as the next Congresswoman from Wyoming. Bye Liz."
Image Source: Twitter | @RandPaul | August 16, 2022 at 21:25
The 45th President's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., also took to Twitter to celebrate Cheney's loss. Trump, Jr., tweeted: "Bye bye @Liz_Cheney. On the bright side at least you won’t have to pretend to be from Wyoming anymore."
Hageman, the winner of the primary election, is an actual Wyoming native and a conservative lawyer who has fought issues pertaining to water, property rights, and land.
Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic congresswoman and one-time substitute host for Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, expressed bipartisan support for Cheney's loss.
"It appears that Liz Cheney, one of the GOP's chief warmongers, is about to lose," tweeted Gabbard. "This is good news for every American regardless of party."
Image Source: Twitter | @TulsiGabbard | August 16, 2022 at 20:40
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that "of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, four decided against seeking another term in Congress." Of the six who ran for re-election, four were defeated in GOP primaries. The two others will be advancing to November elections thanks in part to running in non-partisan primaries, where the top two finishers advanced regardless of party affiliation.