The Wyoming Republican Party officially voted on Saturday to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., as a member of the Republican Party. This comes as a response to Cheney’s continued criticism of President Trump and her involvement in the United States House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack.
Fox News reports the 31-29 vote in Buffalo, Wyo., by the Republican’s central committee was preceded by a third of Wyoming’s 23 counties previously voting to no longer consider Liz Cheney as a member of the Republican Party.
The Wyoming Republican Party’s vote to stop recognizing Cheney as a Republican does not come as a surprise. In February, the party voted to censure Cheney in response to her voting to impeach Trump. Cheney voted to impeach Trump for his alleged involvement in the January 6 riot in the United States Capitol.
Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman, a Republican, on Sept. 9 for the 2022 Wyoming Republican primary. Trump stated, “Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First.” He also said, “Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney.”
Cheney responded to Trump’s endorsement and challenge against her, saying “Bring it.” The 2022 Republican primary in Wyoming will be important to watch as Harriet Hageman joins at least three other Republicans attempting to replace Liz Cheney as Wyoming’s only U.S. House Representative.
It has been clear since the 2020 presidential election that Cheney has not represented the majority of the Republican party especially citizens of her own state of Wyoming. On May 12, 2021, House Republicans voted to remove Cheney as the GOP conference chairwoman.
While not every member of the Republican party agreed with her removal as the conference chairwoman, the majority of Republicans supported the movement to remove her. Her removal was seen as a consequence of promoting “Democrat talking points.”
“You can’t have a conference chair who recites Democrat talking points,”Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
Wyoming’s vote to no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the GOP is the latest action to be taken in the constant disagreement between Cheney and her own party in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Republicans eagerly await the 2022 Wyoming Republican primary to see if Cheney will be replaced by a stronger Republican candidate.