By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Donald Trump Jr. has voiced his support for a bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature that would create runoff elections in the state.
Trump framed his argument in support of the bill as opposition to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, one of a handful of Republicans in the U.S. House to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
“Any Republican in Wyoming who does Liz Cheney’s bidding and opposes SF145 is turning their back on my father and the entire America First movement,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Senate File 145 would require a runoff election following a primary for specific offices when no candidate receives a majority of the votes. It would also change the date of primary elections.
Cheney handily won both the primary and general elections in 2020.
The bill was slated to be discussed during a meeting of the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee on Tuesday morning, but no action had been taken as of the early afternoon.
On Monday, Trump encouraged Wyoming voters to contact the committee members (including Sens. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower and Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne) to request they approve the bill.
“The Wyoming Senate is voting on SF145 tomorrow. SF145 would enact a runoff system in WY, so candidates need over 50% to win a primary. Liz Cheney allies are working behind the scenes to kill the bill!” he wrote.
Trump has been on a social media campaign against Cheney for months, ever since she voted to impeach his father.
He said last month that he plans to make a trip to Wyoming to campaign against Cheney, but hasn’t given any indication of when that might occur.
“I hear it’s lovely during primary season,” he told Politico last month.