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Former President Donald Trump took a victory lap on social media after congressional candidate Harriet Hageman, who endorsed Wyoming, defeated Rep. Liz Cheney in the state’s Republican primary.
In a series of posts, Trump hailed a “very decisive victory” and called Cheney “hostile” and “stupid.” He thanked Wyoming voters for a “very decisive victory.”
“Congratulations to Harriet Hageman on her great and decisive victory in Wyoming,” Trump wrote on TRUTH Social shortly after calling the race. “This is a fantastic result for America and a complete rebuke to an unelected committee of political hacks and thugs.”
The former president made some comments specifically directed at Cheney.
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“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she behaved, and her hateful, sanctimonious words and actions toward others,” Trump wrote. “Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion, where I’m sure she’ll be happier than she is now.”
He said: “Thank you Wyoming!”
Hours later, Trump responded to Cheney’s concession speech, where he compared himself to former President Abraham Lincoln and teased a possible run for the presidency.
“Liz Cheney’s uninspired concession speech to a ‘small’ crowd in the great state of Wyoming focused on her belief that the 2020 presidential election is rigged and stolen despite overwhelming and conclusive evidence,” Trump wrote. . “That, and that doesn’t count the fact that many election changes in several states have not been approved by state legislatures, which are absolutely necessary. Liz Cheney is an idiot who played right into the hands of those who want to destroy our country. !”
Trump-backed Hageman ousted Cheney in Wyoming’s GOP congressional primary
Concluding his remarks, Trump called the primary a “referendum” by voters against Cheney and her anti-Trump words and actions.
“With Liz Cheney’s biggest loss, bigger than ever expected, I hope the January 6 Committee on Political Differences and Assassins begins the beautiful process of quick dissolution? It’s a referendum on the never-ending witch hunt. The people have spoken!” The former president wrote.
REP Liz Cheney loses Wyoming primary after comparing herself to Abraham Lincoln
In Cheney’s concession speech, he teased a potential White House bid that could potentially set up a Republican primary battle with Trump for the 2024 presidential election.
“Now the real work begins,” Cheney said in his post-election remarks, saying Abraham Lincoln had lost congressional races before he was elected president.
“Abraham Lincoln, the great and original champion of our party, was defeated in the Senate and House elections before winning the most important election of all,” he said in his speech.
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Wyoming Republican primary winner Harriet Hageman will face Lynette Graybull, who won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, in November’s general election.
Fox News’ Aubrey Spady contributed to this report.