Republican duel at the top between Donald Trump and Liz Cheney

“His time has come,” says Mike Schaefer, a resident of the Cheyenne capital, who does not like that this 56-year-old woman “is so anti-Trump”. Because in Washington, the parliamentarian co-chairs a commission investigating the role that Donald Trump played in the violent attack carried out by his supporters against the American Congress on January 6, 2021.

Still very martial in tone, she has been striving for more than a year to dismantle the theory conveyed by the Trump clan that the 2020 election was “stolen” from the former president, an argument to which millions still adhere. of Trumpists, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

“America cannot remain free if we abandon the truth”, insists Liz Cheney, who has promised to do everything so that the former president never approaches the Oval Office again. And will try on Tuesday to be re-elected to his post in Wyoming, which voted more than 70% for Donald Trump in the last presidential election, against Joe Biden.

In response to his role in this commission of inquiry, Donald Trump has made Liz Cheney his absolute pet peeve. He does not spare the slightest blow against the chosen one, whom he described as “disloyal and warmongering” and threw all his forces behind his opponent, Harriet Hageman, a 59-year-old lawyer in long dark outfits and imposing turquoise jewels, with whom he went to campaign at the end of May.

A heiress of the traditionalist right

It doesn’t matter whether Liz Cheney, heiress of a very traditionalist right and also known to be the daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, is pro-gun or anti-abortion. In Wyoming, the least populated state in America, it is no longer on conquered ground.

Since she is investigating Donald Trump and his entourage, the elected official has been targeted by a series of death threats and no longer travels without a police escort. This blonde woman with glasses was repudiated by the Republican Party of Wyoming, whose president himself took part in the demonstrations on the day of the assault on the Capitol.

In her state, the first to grant women the right to vote in 1869, as a large mural in downtown Cheyenne reminds us, the elected official is therefore forced to lead a kind of phantom campaign, without electoral rallies or public events.

“Spirit of Cowboys”

Recent polls place her 20 or even 30 points behind her Trumpist competitor, who grew up on a ranch and embodies, according to Mary Martin, “the spirit of Wyoming cowboys”: “hardworking”, “honest” and “attached to our land”.

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