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Liz Cheney Calls For Trump-Backed Opponent Who Said She Hadn’t Conceded | Liz Cheney
August 18, 2022
Liz Cheney released her concession appeal to Harriet Hageman after the Trump-backed Republican who won the Wyoming US House primary on Tuesday told Fox News that her rival had made “no concessions or anything.”
Cheney gave a recording of the call to Politico. In it she said: “Hello, Harriet, it’s Liz Cheney calling. It’s about 8.13 [pm] on Tuesday the 16th. I’m calling to concede the election and congratulate you on the win. Thank you.”
Hageman defeated Cheney, a three-term congressman, in a landslide.
Cheney’s work as vice chair of the Jan. 6 House Committee, and opposition to Donald Trump, sealed her fate in Wyoming, a scarlet state once represented by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.
In her concession speech, delivered in Jackson against the backdrop of a setting sun and the Teton Mountains, Cheney outlined plans to oppose Trump from outside the House.
In her speech, she quoted Republican President Abraham Lincoln, calling him “the great and original champion of our party” and noting that the 16th president was defeated in the Senate and House elections before winning the most important of them all.
“Lincoln eventually triumphed,” Cheney said. “He saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
She also mentioned Ulysses S Grant, who served as a general before she became the 18th president: “Lincoln and Grant and all who fought in our country’s tragic civil war, including my own great-great-grandfathers, saved our union. Their courage saved freedom. And if we listen carefully, they speak to us from generation to generation. We must not waste in vain what so many have fought and died for.”
On Wednesday morning, Cheney told NBC that she was considering a flight to the White House. She formed a fundraising committee called The Great Task, a nod to the Gettysburg address, which Lincoln delivered in 1863.
However, most observers say that Cheney has no path to primary victory in a Republican party dominated by Trump and his followers. As a strong conservative, she seems unlikely to attract significant democratic or independent support.
Hageman, a lawyer, once opposed Trump, but came by to get his approval. She has reiterated Trump’s lie that the 2020 election, which Trump definitively lost to Joe Biden, was rigged.
She will be heavily advantaged to win Wyoming’s only seat in the US House in November, against Democrat Lynette Gray Bull.
Earlier on Wednesday evening, Hageman discussed the concession call with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
She said: “I have had no other contact with Liz Cheney. She made that one attempt and all she said was “Hello, Harriet.” And then it was done.”
Hageman reiterated her claim that Cheney hadn’t budged, and her spokesperson provided Politico with a video of a phone playing a message that apparently belonged to Cheney. The website reported, “The message as it is played on the screen only contains Cheney’s two-word greeting before the sound is cut off for more than 10 seconds longer.”
Cheney told Politico that she called Hageman three times and left a voicemail before going out to speak.