Wyoming GOP votes to stop Liz Cheney from being recognized as a Republican

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The Wyoming Republican Party does not recognize Liz Cheney as a GOP member in his second formal reprimand for his criticism of former President Donald Trump.

At a 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, the state party’s central committee, about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties, voted to recognize Cheney as a Republican.

In February, the Wyoming GOP Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to convict Cheney, Wyoming’s only US representative, for Trump’s role in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Speaks to reporters on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in Capitol Hill, Washington. House Republicans Meet at the Capitol, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. Decide whether to remove him from his leadership. Post, in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Manuel Balls Cineta)
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Trump backs candidate Cheney out in the crowded Wyoming GOP House

Cheney described the vote to impeach Trump as an act of conscience in defense of the constitution. Cheney said after the attack that Trump “provoked a mob” and “lit a flame” of events that day.

Cheney’s spokesman, Jeremy Adler, said in a text message Monday that he was “laughing” at anyone suggesting that Cheney is not a “conservative Republican.”

Adler added: “She is committed to the constitution. Sadly, part of the WOP GOP leadership has abandoned the basic principle and instead held themselves hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational person.”

Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., And President Rep. Gov. Rick Wright for the first House Select Committee hearing on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, on Capitol Hill, Washington.  Bennie Thompson, D-Miss arrives.  (AP Photo / Andrew Hornick, Pool)

Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., And President Rep. Gov. Rick Wright for the first House Select Committee hearing on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, on Capitol Hill, Washington. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss arrives. (AP Photo / Andrew Hornick, Pool)
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Cheney is now facing at least four Republican opponents in the 2022 primaries, Cheyenne lawyer Harriet Hageman, who has been endorsed by Trump. In a statement calling the recent state GOP central committee vote “fittings,” Hagemann, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

“Liz Cheney long ago stopped recognizing what the Wyomingites care about. When she launched her war against President Trump, she completely broke down where we are as a state,” Hagemann said.

File - In this November 25, 2019, file photo, Rep.  Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Speaking with President Donald Trump at the signing of a bill to commemorate the centenary of women's suffrage at the Center's White Oval Office in Washington, NY.  (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

File – In this November 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Speaking with President Donald Trump at the signing of a bill to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage at the Center’s White Oval Office in Washington, NY. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)
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In May, Republicans in Washington, DC, removed Cheney from the top Congressional GOP leadership position after he continued to criticize Trump’s false claims that voter fraud would cost him re-election.

Cheney survived a previous attempt to remove him as chair of the House Republican Conference, a role that would shape GOP messaging in the chamber.

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