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Cheney On Fist Bump Backlash: “We’re Different Political Parties, Not Sworn Enemies”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday fired back at those who criticized her for fist bumping President Joe Biden before his joint congressional speech earlier this week.

“I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way,” she wrote on Twitter. “We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans.”

Some Republicans, including Cheney’s opponents in her re-election bid, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, criticized the moment, and both Bouchard and Gray called for her impeachment following the friendly exchange.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Biden exchanged fist bumps with multiple politicians, including Cheney, when he entered the House chamber on Wednesday ahead of his first joint address to Congress.

It should be noted that Cheney spoke with Wyoming reporters just hours before Biden’s speech and criticized many of his policies, including his oil and gas moratorium, his decision to stop construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall and more.

However, she has also shown civility and respect to Biden, even welcoming him and Vice President Kamala Harris to the White House when they were sworn into office earlier this year.

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Cheney Fists Bumps Biden; Bouchard, Gray Respond With Impeachment Calls

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A fist bump exchanged between U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and President Joe Biden before Biden’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday night has drawn the ire of Cheney’s congressional opponents.

While attending Biden’s speech on Wednesday night, Cheney could be seen fist-bumping with the president, who was not shaking hands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden fist-bumped multiple other politicians as he entered the House of Representatives’ chambers.

However, this friendly gesture was seen as a slight against the Republican Party, as Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, noted on their respective social media accounts.

“The lady in blue, @RepLizCheney is probably the only republican allowed in the room,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter. “She is a disgrace and fails to represent the people of Wyoming. #embarrassing#resign#impeachlizcheney. Let’s get her out! Help me fight!”

Bouchard wrote two posts about the fist-bump, encouraging impeachment of the representative.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” he wrote Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Gray’s message was more subdued, but offered a sentiment similar to that of the Cheyenne senator.

“Liz, fist bump your way right out of Wyoming. We need to fire Liz right now,” he wrote.

Both men linked their messages to their respective campaigns, telling prospective voters to donate to them. They each launched their campaigns in the wake of Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, who she blamed for helping to incite the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Cheney On Biden’s First 100 Days: “An Unfortunate Time For Wyoming”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office has been an unfortunate time for Wyoming.

During a call with Wyoming reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Cheney spoke about her expectations ahead of Biden’s first speech in front of both congressional houses.

“Even thought it’ll look different, the message we’ll be hearing from President Biden will be the same that we’ve been hearing since his first days in office,” she said. “It’s been a really unfortunate time, in terms of policy demand, particularly for Wyoming.”

She criticized Biden’s decision to stop construction on a border wall between the United States and Mexico first implemented by President Donald Trump.

“There are supplies that have already been purchased, we’ve already appropriated contractors that could easily be used to complete construction of the wall in places where we know people are coming across illegally,” she said.

However, since the Biden administration halted construction, taxpayers are footing the bill for both the materials and contractors, neither of which are being used.

Cheney has supported the border wall for some time, noting in the call that the U.S./Mexico border was being controlled by drug cartels who also are engaged in human trafficking.

“I would hope that we would begin to see a change in policy but I don’t believe we will,” she said, adding that she expected to see more policies enabling situations like the border crisis.

She reiterated sentiments expressed by her colleague, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, that the situation at the border is both a national security and humanitarian crisis.

This is not the first time the representative has addressed Biden’s “lax” policies regarding immigration, joining in with Barrasso last month to criticize the president regarding undocumented immigrants crossing the border.

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NYT Details Potential Political Fallout From Cheney’s Trump Impeachment Vote

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump is a defining moment in her political career and could potentially impact her in the next election, a new New York Times Magazine profile has concluded.

In an article published online Thursday titled “Liz Cheney vs. MAGA,” the magazine details Cheney’s ascent into political power in Wyoming, her climb to high ranks among House Republicans and how her refusal to side with Trump when he claimed he won the presidential election last fall has been a turning point among her colleagues and constituents.

“In past Republican administrations, it was OK to speak up and disagree on things,” former U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Virginia, said in the article. “That was Liz’s experience. These new ideologues, that’s not what they did. Trump would show up at conferences and point to different members and tell them how great they were on TV, and then they’d hang out at the White House.”

The article mentioned the vote to remove Cheney from her position as House Conference Chairwoman back in February, not long after she announced her intent to vote for impeachment.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said at the time. ““We cannot become the party of QAnon. We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy. We all watched in horror what happened on Jan. 6.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, alleging he helped incite the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January.

This drew ire from not only her Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C., but Republicans in Wyoming, many of whom voted to censure her for her actions.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, even traveled to Wyoming in late January to criticize his colleague, holding a rally at the state Capitol.

Cheney has also said she wouldn’t endorse Trump if he ran for president again in 2024.

“Whoever does become the prime challenger to Cheney is going to have a hard, expensive road ahead,” Carbon County Republican Party chairman Joey Correnti IV said in the article. “So hopefully the people of Wyoming and Trump can come to an agreement.”

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Lummis Scoffs At Biden’s Order to Quit Using Phrase “Illegal Alien”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis scoffed at President Biden’s order that federal agencies can no longer use the phrase “illegal alien” when describing immigrants who are not in the United States legally.

The phrase, which is used throughout U.S. immigration law, is not the issue, Lummis said. Rather, it’s the calamity at the U.S. – Mexico border, where tens of thousands of migrants have illegally entered the United States with the change of presidential administrations.

“While President Biden should be focused on the crisis happening at our southern border, it’s disappointing to see him instead focusing on semantics,” Abegail Cave, a spokesperson for Lummis, told Cowboy State Daily. “Immigrants who come across our border illegally are, in fact, illegal immigrants.”

The president earlier this week directed all U.S. immigration divisions to stop using the term “illegal alien” and to instead use the phrase “undocumented noncitizen”.

“We enforce our nation’s laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact. The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody,” the memo reads.

Like Lummis, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney said the issue is the crisis at the border, not terminology.

“People who attempt to enter the country illegally are not simply non-citizens,” Cheney said. “[Biden and Harris’] decision to embrace open borders has resulted in a humanitarian, public health and national security crisis. Migrants who unlawfully enter our country are, by definition, illegal aliens.

“President Biden needs to reverse course and put in place the policies that will secure our border and put an end to the surge of illegal immigration,” she added.

While Sen. John Barrasso did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for a comment, he has previously criticized the president’s approach to immigration.

“It’s not just one crisis: it’s a double crisis. It’s a national security crisis as well as a humanitarian crisis,” the senator said on the Senate floor earlier this month. “We spoke to the Border Patrol agents. They told us their jobs got an awful lot harder on Jan. 20, when Joe Biden became president of the United States.”

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Cheney: Our Adversaries Are Testing the Biden Administration

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued her criticism of President Joe Biden’s approach to national security on Tuesday, saying the administration has performed poorly in response to tests by America’s adversaries.

On Tuesday morning, during a news conference with other Republican U.S. House leaders, Cheney addressed her concerns about the administrtaion’s national security skills.

“Our adversaries are testing this new administration,” Cheney said during the news conference. “Whether you’re talking about what’s happening in Russia…whether you’re talking about about what’s happening with the Chinese government…around the globe we’re watching as our adversaries test us, as our adversaries threaten us and so far, the Biden Administration has been lacking, sadly, in its response.”

Cheney has previously been outspoken about her distrust of China and how the U.S. has an unstable relationship with the country.

Among other things, Cheney has spoken out against Disney working with China to film the live action “Mulan” remake, and has criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not being more assertive in dealing with about U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who unknowingly had connections to a Chinese spy.

Cheney has even suggested that the United States not participate in the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

During Tuesday’s conference, Cheney said the country needs to be able to show strength in the face of challenges.

“Our adversaries need to know that we have the will and the capacity to defend ourselves, that is the only way to deter the kind of threat that we see,” she said. “We in the House Republicans are absolutely dedicated, committed to ensuring that we do our part in terms of oversight, in terms of highlighting the extent to which we know that a military that is second to none and a strong relationship with our allies – those two things are very important for us to be able to defend ourselves.

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PACs Contribute $300,000 To Cheney, None To Her Opponents In First Quarter

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Of the three top candidates for Wyoming’s lone U.S House seat, only the campaign of incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney received money from political action committees during the first quarter of the year, according to federal reports.

Cheney, who will be seeking her fourth congressional term in office in 2022, received $301,000 in contributions from political action committees in the first three months of 2021.

Cheney’s two chief opponents in the Republican primary for the office, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Casper, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, have received no donations from PACs, according to federal campaign documents.

The reports showed that Cheney raised almost $1.54 million in the first quarter of the year, compared to Bouchard’s $334,165 and Gray’s contributions of $40,154.

A fourth candidate in the campaign, Marissa Joy Selvig, has raised $1,968, according to her FEC filings.

According to the documents filed last week, at least 41 organizations identified in their names as political action committees have donated to Cheney’s re-election campaign.

A political action committee is a group formed to represent individuals with shared interests or business concerns to donate money to the campaigns of candidates they feel will act in the best interests of their industries or concerns.

Among the groups contributing to Cheney were the Air Line Pilots Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Beer Wholesalers, Dow Chemicals and the National Association of Broadcasters, each of which donated $5,000 to Cheney’s campaign.

The Bluegrass Committee, a PAC formed by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also donated $5,000, as did the health care companies CVS Health and HCA Healthcare.

Other donors included Best Buy ($1,500), The Gap ($1,000), pharmaceutical company Merck ($1,000), and the Value in Electing Women PAC ($5,000).The Oneida Indian Nation gave Cheney’s campaign $5,800 in two donations, while the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe donated $3,000.

The two donations from the Northern Arapaho Tribe were among 47 received from Wyoming sources in 2021, according to the FEC filings. Donors listed as contributing to Cheney’s campaign included her parents, former U.S. Rep. Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney, who donated a total of $11,200.

Also donating were former Wyoming House Speaker Randall Luthi, R-Freedom, and former Wyoming Attorney General Gay Woodhouse.

Total donations from all individuals contributing to Cheney’s campaign totaled almost $1.02 million.

Of those donations, $167,065 was not identified as coming from a particular donor. The threshold for donors to be identified is $200, according to the FEC, and many candidates choose not to identify those donating less than $200.

If a large number of contributions of less than $50 is made at a political event, the total amount collected may also be included in the “unitemized” category on the FEC report.

Cheney received 1,221 contributions from identified donors in the first quarter of the year, the reports said.

Meanwhile, all of Bouchard’s donations came from individuals, according to his filings.

Bouchard, who announced his challenge of Cheney after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump on allegations he incited a mob to invade the U.S. Capitol in January, reported he had received $334,370 in 210 donations.

Of those donations, 52 came from Wyoming individuals. Individual contributions coming from unidentified donors totaled $230,295.

Gray’s report showed he received $40,154 from donors, including $34,300 from identified donors and $5,854 from donors who were not identified.

Of Gray’s 36 identified donations, 28 were from Wyoming sources.

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Cheney On Troops Leaving Middle East: “This Is A Huge Propaganda Victory For The Taliban”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

While many are celebrating President Joe Biden’s move to pull soldiers out of the Middle East after nearly 20 years, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is not among them.

At two different points this week, Cheney criticized Biden’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, an extension of the May 1 deadline set by former President Donald Trump.

“Wars don’t end when one side abandons the fight,” Cheney said after the announcement. “Withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan by September 11 will only embolden the very jihadists who attacked our homeland on that day 20 years ago. By declaring that this withdrawal is not based on conditions on the ground, the Biden Administration is sending a dangerous signal that the United States fundamentally does not understand — or is willfully ignorant of — the terrorist threat.”

She added Biden was handing the Taliban and al Qaeda a “propaganda victory,” a sentiment she repeated during a news conference on Thursday.

“I can tell you that that is a huge propaganda victory for the Taliban, for al Qaeda. The notion that on the day they attacked us, we are going to mark that anniversary by withdrawing our forces,” Cheney said during the news conference. “A withdrawal of forces that isn’t based on conditions on the ground is fundamentally dangerous.”

Biden said this week there was no military solution for the problems in the Middle East, so instead, he would focus on putting the U.S. government to work helping with diplomatic relations between the Taliban and Afghan government, according to USA Today.

The Biden administration warned the Taliban that any attacks on the U.S. during the withdrawal would be met with a forceful response, according to the White House.

The conflict with al Qaeda has cost the United States more than $2 trillion and 2,300 American lives. More than 38,000 Afghan civilians have been killed.

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Trump Calls Cheney “Crazy”; Bouchard Urges Other Candidates To Stay Out of Race

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Using a moniker he reserved most recently to describe U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Trump on Wednesday called Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney “crazy” in announcing he would be endorsing someone “soon” to run against her.

In a statement, Trump said: ”So many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one.”

“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote,” he said. “Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”

Trump’s statement was issued after Cheney’s announcement earlier in the day that her campaign broke all prior quarterly fundraising efforts with a haul of over $1.5 million dollars, with at least $1 million of that coming from individual donors.

Cheney political consultant Kevin Seifert told Cowboy State Daily that the increase in fundraising is due to her “effective, principled leadership.”

“Liz is standing up for the Constitution and standing up to the Biden Administration’s partisan overreach, so it’s no surprise her approach is resonating in the form of increased donations,” Seifert said.

Following Cheney’s announcement, State Sen. Anthony Bouchard issued a press release urging others to stay out of the congressional race touting his own first quarter fundraising numbers.

“Others considering this race should look at joining my campaign now rather than splitting the anti-Cheney vote — exactly what our enemies want,” Bouchard said. “Right now there’s only one candidate against Cheney who is taking this campaign seriously and that’s me.”

Bouchard said his campaign raised $334,370 this quarter from all 50 states.

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Cheney Hits Record-Setting Quarterly Fundraising Amount With Over $1.5 Million

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney had a rough start to 2021, it sure wasn’t reflected in fundraising.

According to documents obtained by Cowboy State Daily, Cheney will smash all of her previous quarterly fundraising efforts by raising $1.54 million during the first quarter of 2021.

For context, Cheney raised $321,000 in the first quarter of 2019 — this represents a five-fold increase in fundraising activity.

Also significant is where the money came from, with more than $1 million of the funds coming from individual donors.

This puts Cheney’s cash on hand at $1.43 million — up from $153,000 at the end of 2020.

Cheney political advisor Kevin Seifert told Cowboy State Daily that the increase in fundraising is due to her “effective, principled leadership.”

“Liz is standing up for the Constitution and standing up to the Biden Administration’s partisan overreach, so it’s no surprise her approach is resonating in the form of increased donations,” Seifert said. “She resoundingly won the support of the House Conference in February and she will continue to generate support from those who are concerned with the future of the Republican Party.”

Although the Wyoming Republican Party censured Cheney for her vote to impeach President Trump earlier this year, it hasn’t appeared to stop her activity in the state.

She has participated in a number of high-profile meetings in communities across Wyoming and hasn’t shied away from meeting with the press.

Most recently, Cheney appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation this past Sunday, where she criticized Trump for his remarks over the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago compound. Not only did he condemn his former vice president for certifying the results of November’s general election, but called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son-of-a-bitch.”

So far two candidates have announced their plans to run against Cheney in the Republican primary in 2022. Wyoming State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and State Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, both announced their campaigns earlier this year.

Individual donor information was not available. Campaigns and committees are required to file first-quarter financial reports with the FEC by April 15.

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