Wyoming Rejects Trump Jr.’s Effort To Defeat Liz Cheney
Donald Trump Jr.’s effort to exact political retribution against Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney for voting to impeach his father for a second time has failed. The state Senate rejected a bill that the younger Trump had championed that would have forced Cheney and other candidates to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win a primary.
Trump Jr.’s angle was that the bill would have forced Cheney into a primary runoff election against any one of the two Trump-backed opponents who already have said they will run against the incumbent next year. So far state Sen. Anthony Bouchard and state Rep. Chuck Gray have pledged their loyalty to the former president in announcing their candidacies.
The Trump-backed bill was defeated by a 14-15 vote in the Wyoming Senate. Trump Jr. and other Republican Trump loyalists had pushed hard for the measure, eager to punish Cheney after she said that Trump had betrayed his oath to the Constitution and should not “play a role in the future of the party or the country” while announcing her vote to impeach.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz made the trip to Wyoming in January to participate in an anti-Cheney rally and Trump Jr. called into that rally as part of his effort to urge Republicans there to coalesce around one candidate to challenge the incumbent. Then in March Trump Jr. tried to publicly pressure state senators into supporting the primary runoff bill by tweeting their email address to his 6.8 million followers on Twitter.
He wrote, “Any Republican in Wyoming who does Liz Cheney’s bidding and opposes SF145 is turning their back on my father and the entire America First movement.”