Liz Cheney attends a hearing of the US House of Representatives Special Committee on the January 6th Capitol Rising in Washington, D.C., United States, on July 27, 2021.
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Rep. Liz Cheney told Donald Trump on Thursday to bring it after the ex-president endorsed a Wyoming Republican major challenger.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Trump officially backed Harriet Hageman in her attempt to oust Cheney in the 2022 midterm elections.
The former president said: "Harriet Hageman admires the state of Wyoming, is strong on crime and borders, strongly supports the Second Amendment, loves our military and veterinarians, and will fight for electoral integrity and energy independence."
"Harriet has my competition and my full approval when it comes to replacing Liz Cheney, the Democratic leader in sound bites," added the former Republican president after describing Cheney as a "warmonger" and "disloyal Republican." would have.
Cheney quickly fired back on Twitter, which banned the former president for his false and inflammatory statements, including claims he lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden due to fraudulent elections.
"Here's a sound request for you: bring it with you," wrote Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who once held her seat in the house.
She later provided a more detailed answer, saying in a statement that she "is more honored to represent the people of Wyoming and proud of my strong conservative record".
"I look forward to an extensive public debate on the importance of the rule of law and the solemn duty of elected officials to keep their oath on the Constitution," she continued. "It is tragic that some in this race have sacrificed these principles and their duty to the people of Wyoming out of fear and loyalty to a former president who deliberately misled the American people about the 2020 election, an attack on the US Capitol and was unable to fulfill his duties as president when the violence broke out. "
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Trump's support is the latest battle in a bitter feud with Cheney, who enraged his supporters by asking Republicans to give up their allegiance to him and agreeing to serve on the House of Representatives special committee that started the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump fans.
Hageman is a former Cheney supporter.
In 2013, she served as an advisor to Cheney's brief campaign to oust then Sen. Mike Enzi, another Republican, according to the Wyoming Casper Star Tribune.
The newspaper reported at the time that the Hagemans and Cheneys were old friends, and Hageman himself once said that their father, a state lawmaker, was a member of the Young Republican organization with Dick Cheney.
Cheney was one of ten House Republicans who voted for impeachment against Trump after he contributed to a riot in the U.S. Capitol. She was later stripped of her leadership position in the GOP House Caucus because she was viewed as political heresy by Trump-loyal lawmakers.
The former president also claimed in his statement Thursday that Hageman had "the support and respect of a truly great US Senator, Wyoming's own Cynthia Lummis."
Shortly thereafter, Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. 'S office made it clear that she had not supported anyone in the House of Representatives race, but cited Trump's support from Hageman, an attorney, "inspired".
When asked about Trump's testimony, Lummis said & # 39; Speaker to CNBC in a text: "Senator Lummis has known Harriet Hageman for decades and always regards her as a committed supporter of our way of life in Wyoming, as a defender of the values of our state and as a friend."
"Although Senator Lummis is not currently giving endorsement, she believes President Trump made an inspired decision to support Harriet Hageman," the spokesman said.