Former President Donald Trump travels to Wyoming on Saturday for a campaign rally against one of his most prominent Republican critics, Western State Representative Liz Cheney, showing his support for his main GOP opponent, Harriet Hageman.
While the small polling data that has come out shows Cheney facing an uphill battle to retain his seat against his Trump-backed challenger, Trump arrives in his state after major approval failures in Georgia’s Republican primary. Meanwhile, the former president’s legal woes continue, as New York judges have ruled against him multiple times this week.
The rally will take place at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The parking lot opens at 8:00 a.m. MST, the gates open and the entertainment is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. Speakers will begin taking the stage at 1 p.m. before Trump delivers his speech at 4 p.m.
Besides Trump, Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who are close allies of the former president, are expected to attend the “Save America” rally in support of Hageman. Thousands of Trump supporters are expected.
Cheney drew the ire of the former president after voting with nine other House Republicans to impeach him for inciting his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Since then, the Republican lawmaker has repeatedly condemned Trump as well as other GOP politicians who go on to align themselves with him and his movement. The Wyoming congresswoman is also vice-chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 violence and the former president’s efforts to void the 2020 election.
Although Trump is wildly popular in Wyoming, garnering nearly 70% of the vote there in 2020, his recent efforts to unseat the leading Republican incumbents in Georgia ended in significant failure on Tuesday. Southern State GOP Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who drew the former president’s ire after he refused to help him reverse President Joe Biden’s election victory in their state, both won their primaries by double-digit margins.
Kemp beat Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue by a margin of about 74% to 22%, a lead of more than 50 points for the incumbent Republican governor. Meanwhile, Raffensperger beat Trump-endorsed representative Jody Hice by a margin of about 52% to about 33%, nearly 20 points in favor of the current secretary of state. Whether Cheney can pull off a similar victory against Trump’s preferred candidate remains to be seen.
After the first losses of Trump’s candidates, the former president suffered significant setbacks in New York courts. Federal Judge Brenda Sannes, a District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York, dismissed Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday, dismissing the former president’s allegation that the prominent Democrat had targeted him and his company out of partisan animosity. The move allowed James’ civilian investigation into the former president’s business practices to continue.
On Thursday, a four-judge state appeals court panel determined that Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, should be questioned under oath as part of James’ investigation. . In addition to the argument of political animosity, Trump’s lawyers had unsuccessfully argued that James could not compel the former president to testify because he was also the subject of a criminal investigation in the state on charges. similar business practices investigated by the Civil Inquiry.
“Once again, the courts have decided that Donald Trump must comply with our legal investigation into his financial dealings,” James said in a statement after the ruling. “We will continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can escape the law.” The former president’s lawyers could still appeal the decision to a higher court.
Trump has repeatedly criticized James’ investigation, arguing that it is purely partisan in nature. He also called New York’s attorney general, who is black, “racist” for scrutinizing his business practices.
Newsweek contacted press representatives for Cheney and Trump for comment.