Hageman Bashes Cheney During Interview With Bannon

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman used an appearance this week on the television show of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to again criticize incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

During the interview on Bannon’s “War Room,” Hageman steadily attacked Cheney, questioning her accomplishments while in Congress.

“Liz Cheney really has accomplished very little in her life other than be Liz Cheney,” Hageman said. “Tell me what she’s done. Tell me what she’s done in terms of fighting the battles that I fought. I’ve taken on the EPA, I’ve taken on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I’ve taken on the USDA. I’ve done that.”

Bannon asked Hageman if she had the stamina to continue working against Cheney until the state’s primary election in August.

“I think the better question is: does she have the fight in her to defeat me?” Hageman said. “I’m a fighter and Liz Cheney never has had to be.”

She added that Cheney has had “everything” given to her and that she would not be in her current congressional position if she were not the daughter of a former vice president.

Hageman also differed with the sentiment that Cheney has the raw talent and ability to be in a leadership position.

“She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth,” Hageman said.

The House candidate again criticized Cheney for her lack of Wyoming roots, saying the representative only came back to Wyoming in 2012 and bought a house in the state because she was going to run for Senate.

Hageman announced her candidacy against Cheney in September, with a glowing endorsement from former President Donald Trump quickly following. Since then, House candidates Darin Smith and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, have dropped out of the race.

Prior to her candidacy, Hageman supported Cheney in her 2012 bid for a U.S. Senate seat representing Wyoming and also in her first campaign for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat in 2016.

Bannon, who is facing federal prosecution, has his own connections with Cheney. He will go to court sometime next summer, according to CNBC, on charges of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with a U.S. House committee looking into the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Cheney serves on the committee.

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