Weeks after making clear he would try to defeat the 10 Republican U.S. Representatives who voted to impeach him, former President Donald Trump on Wednesday escalated his feud with one of them — Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
In a strongly worded statement, Trump declared: "[S]o many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one. … [T]he only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!"
Those remarks came at nearly the same time 3-termer Cheney left Fox News' Neil Cavuto speechless with her response to his question as to whether she would support Trump if he were the Republican nominee for president in 2024.
"No, I would not," replied the Wyoming lawmaker, who also told Caputo she considered Trump's encouragement of a Washington D.C. mob on Jan. 6 "the gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history."
Trump's salvo against Cheney — whom he previously denounced as a "war monger" for her support of foreign intervention — suggested to some in the Cowboy State that he might just play the role of "broker" to convince the anti-Cheney candidates to unite behind one of their ranks.
The former president reportedly favors State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a favorite of the National Rifle Association, and the first Republican to announce against Cheney. Along with Bouchard, the announced candidates so far are State Rep. Chuck Gray, of Casper, and former Sheridan County GOP Chairman Bryan Miller, who lost the U.S. Senate primary to Cynthia Lummis last year.
So far, Cheney has raised a record $1.5 million. Recently, the House GOP Conference Chair benefited from a fund-raising event hosted by former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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