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Taking Another Dig at Cheney, Donald Trump Jr. Supports Runoff Elections In Wyoming

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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.

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Donald Trump Jr. Plans Wyoming Trip to Campaign Against Cheney

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., intends to make a trip to Wyoming to campaign against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the near future.

“I hear it’s lovely during primary season,” he told Politico over the weekend.

He didn’t indicate when he would visit the state, however, and the next primary election won’t occur until August 2022.

His statements followed Cheney’s interview on Fox News Sunday, when she said she wouldn’t resign her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after being censured by the Wyoming Republican Party. The vote Saturday came in response to Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump.

“As I’ve explained, and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state and voters all across the state, the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment, and it doesn’t bend to partisanship and it doesn’t bend to political pressure,” Cheney said.

Trump Jr. would be the second national Republican figure to visit the state to campaign against Cheney. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared in Cheyenne last month to criticize Cheney.

“Every day, I see the cost of the wars Liz Cheney has advocated for,” Gaetz said during a rally in January. “I see the tearful goodbyes in airports, the marriages destroyed, the parenting that’s interrupted, the drug abuse, the suicides, lost limbs, lost minds, lost lives, lost hope.”

The campaigns against Cheney follow her decision to vote to impeach the former president for allegedly making remarks that helped incite the attack on the U.S. Capitol in early January. Five people died in the ensuing chaos.

The representative has been censured by multiple county-level Republican parties, culminating in Saturday’s vote by the state Republican Party.

“We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election,” Darin Smith said while explaining the censure vote. “The Republican Party needs to put her on notice.”

In response to Cheney’s impeachment vote last month, Cheyenne Sen. Anthony Bouchard announced his run against her in Congress.

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