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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.
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.”
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.
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.