Harriet Hageman plays a ‘rigged’ 2020 election claim in her victory speech


Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, stood firm on her position on the 2020 presidential election in her primary victory speech, promoting Trump’s claims of an election “rigged” with the crowd in Cheyenne.

“Wyoming has spoken on behalf of everyone concerned that the game is being increasingly rigged against them,” Hageman told a cheering crowd Tuesday night.

Hageman successfully ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from her House seat after snagging the Republican nomination for the at-large district of Wyoming. Cheney’s former aide is expected to win November’s general election, given Trump won the state with more than two-thirds of the vote in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman meets guests during a rally at the Teton County Fair & Rodeo Grounds on June 14, 2022 in Jackson, Wyoming. Hageman defeated Rep. Liz Cheney in Tuesday’s primary.
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The GOP primary had been widely seen as a referendum on Cheney, who many Wyoming voters believe failed to represent them when she broke with the House GOP to vote to impeach Trump in January 2021.

In his victory speech, Hageman said, “What Wyoming showed today is that while it may not be easy, we can unseat entrenched politicians who believe they have raised above the people they are meant to represent.”

At the same time, Trump has made it his mission to ensure the congresswoman doesn’t see a fourth term, quickly jumping into the race to endorse Hageman, despite his previous criticism of the former president during his 2016 campaign. .

“Congratulations to Harriet Hageman on her big and very decisive win in Wyoming,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform on Tuesday. “This is a wonderful outcome for America, and a complete rebuke from the screening committee of political hacks and thugs.”

“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted and her malicious and judgmental words and actions towards others,” the former president added. “Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where I am sure she will be much happier than she is right now. Thank you WYOMING!”

In his victory speech, Hageman said his primary victory was a sign that Wyoming Republicans believe “we can and do control the levers of power when we engage, when we participate, and when we hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.”

“Wyoming spoke on behalf of all people in this great country who believe in the American dream, who believe in freedom, and who recognize that our natural rights – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal protection and due process – come from God. ,she told the crowd.They don’t come from the government and the government can’t take them away.”


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