Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is just days away from almost certainly losing her GOP primary election in large part due to her concerted opposition and attacks against former President Donald Trump, which has not sat well with the vast majority of her constituents who still overwhelmingly approve of and support the ex-president.
Rather than temper her sharp critiques of Trump in order to appease her own voting base, Cheney has instead doubled down with a viciously anti-Trump campaign ad that attacked the former president over his “poisonous lies” about the 2020 election, Axios reported.
It seems unlikely that this final campaign ad will help her win over pro-Trump voters and defeat challenger candidate Harriet Hageman, who Trump endorsed against Cheney after Cheney voted in favor of his second impeachment and joined the predominantly Democratic anti-Trump House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.
Cheney viciously attacks Trump in final campaign ad
“America cannot remain free if we abandon the truth. The lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is insidious. It preys on those who love their country,” Cheney said in the ad, according to the Washington Examiner. “It is a door Donald Trump opened to manipulate Americans to abandon their principles, to sacrifice their freedom, to justify violence, to ignore the rulings of our courts and the rule of law. This is Donald Trump’s legacy, that it cannot be the future of our nation.”
“History has shown us over and over again: These types of poisonous lies destroy free nations,” she continued. “Like many candidates across this country, my opponents in Wyoming have said that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen.”
Cheney went on to say that Trump’s 2020 election lies are “a cancer that threatens our great Republic. If we do not condemn these lies, if we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct, and it will become a feature of all elections.”
Millions of Americans across our nation – Republicans, Democrats, Independents – stand united in the cause of freedom. We are stronger, more dedicated, and more determined than those trying to destroy our Republic.
This is our great task and we will prevail. pic.twitter.com/yjh7XU9lgR
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 11, 2022
Polls show Cheney will lose by a huge margin
Barring some sort of miracle, massive electoral fraud, or a wildly misread Wyoming electorate by pollsters, it is all but guaranteed that Cheney will be soundly defeated by Hageman on Tuesday, August 16.
Wyoming Public Media reported this week that a new poll from the University of Wyoming showed that Hageman had increased her lead over Cheney to almost 30 points, with 57 percent of likely voters backing Hageman compared to just 28 percent in support of Cheney.
That is a substantially wider spread in favor of Hageman than was seen in a mid-July poll conducted on behalf of the Casper Star-Tribune that showed Hageman with a 22-point lead over Cheney, 52-30 percent.
The poll also showed that Cheney’s job approval had sunk to just 27 percent, with the main reasons cited by voters for their disapproval of her being the incessant attacks against Trump — who remains hugely popular in the state — as well as her impeachment vote and participation in the Jan. 6 committee, which voters assert has distracted her from serving the needs of her constituents back home.
As one of the pollsters told the Star-Tribune at that time, it was already a “foregone conclusion” that Cheney would lose her primary battle to Hageman, and given the complaints against her in comparison to her virulently anti-Trump final campaign ad, that prediction is almost certainly correct.