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PHOTO GALLERY: Trump Rally At Casper Events Center By Matt Idler

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Cowboy State Daily photographer Matt Idler attended the Trump rally in Casper along with Cowboy State Daily’s Leo Wolfson and Bill Sniffin.

Matt took hundreds of photos and here are just a few of the best he took of the rally and the atmosphere surrounding the event.

All photos by Matt Idler. Enjoy…










































Photo by Matt Idler



Photo by Matt Idler.

Live Coverage From Trump Rally: Trump Rally Concludes

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By Jimmy Orr, editor. Photos by Matt Idler.

Note: To watch the rally, go here:

6:13pm

And that concludes our live coverage of President Trump’s rally in Wyoming. Thanks for being with us for the last eight-plus hours. Excuse the typos. We’ll have full stories posted on our site soon. Thanks again.

6:12pm

He’s building up the crowd again for the big crescendo.

Thank you very much, Wyoming. Rally over. Standing O.

6:10pm The rally is concluding. What a marathon.

But not over yet. “Under God, we are the American nation. We are the greatest nation on Earth.”

6:09pm

Going through the speech on the teleprompter now. He was winging it for some time.



6:08pm

From Cheyenne to Sundance to Gillette to Jackson to Casper, this state was built by some of the toughest men and women. Wyoming was forged by ranchers and lawmen and by a roll call of legends like Buffalo Bill Cody. We love Buffalo Bill.

6:07pm

It sounds like Trump is wrapping up.

We will restore patriotic education to our schools. We want our children proud of our country like they our in Wyoming.

In conclusion, our MAGA movement, Make America Great Again is the greatest movement in the history of our country. We are standing up against entrenched vicious opponents. Despite the outside dangers, the sick internal people are the greatest danger. They hate our country.

“The nation does not belong to them. It belongs to you,” he said to much appause.

6:03pm

“We will end catch and release, we will end chain migration, and we will finish building the wall. We built 500 miles. We will stop the Democrat crime wave. We will give the police the respect they deserve. And we will not take legal protections away from the police and law enforcement.”

6:01pm

“We are going to take back the White House in 2024. But first we have to secure a massive victory for Harriet Hageman. So get your friends, get your family, and vote for Harriet. A great woman and a brave woman. Thank you, Harriet.

“We will fight for more jobs and more factories to stamp that beautiful phrase. ‘ Made in the USA.”

“Last month, 141 different countries were represented by illegal aliens who came into the U.S.

“We have to reinstitute the Remain in Mexico policy. We will re-oppose Title 42. We still strengthen the patriots in ICE.”

6:00pm

Trump calling for a landslide so big “that the left cannot steal it.”

“We are going to take back the House, the Senate, and we are going to take back of America.” Chants of USA, USA, USA begin.

5:59pm

Columnist Rod Miller chimes in: “I can barely type, but I’d really appreciate it if one of you could score me a Harriet Haggerty Screaming Eagle Turquoise Scratch & Sniff Coozie from the swag table. Extra Large, if they have one.”

5:58pm

“Just having left Texas, they are devastated. The U.S. is devastated. The world is devastated,” he said of the school shooting.

“We spend trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before we nation-build, we should be making our schools safe.”

5:57pm

He’s spending a lot of time on the transgendered athletes issue. “This is so discriminatory against women. And nobody wants to do anything about it. I am a competitive person and if I were a women’s basketball coach, I would ask Lebron James if he had any thoughts about turning into a woman and then if so I would recruit him.”

That was an interesting aside.

“We will get Critical Race Theory out of our schools and our military,” he said. The crowd stood up.

5:52pm

Trump discussing Lea Thompson, the transgendered athlete from University of Pennsylvania who set collegiate records competing against women.

Sen. Wendy Schuler in Wyoming introduced legislation that would ban transgendered athletes from competing in women’s events. It was not introduced in the House although it passed the Senate. She is running again on that issue.

5:50pm

Trump now talking about the big screens and gets laughs from saying his hair is getting thin.

What’s more fun than a Trump rally?” he asks the crowd.

“When I met your governor, he informed me that this would be the biggest rally in the history of the state,” Trump said. “Biden couldn’t say that.”

He said Biden would get mixed up a lot during the campaign.

“We will keep men the hell out of women’s sports, is that ok” he said. The crowd responds positively.

5:49pm

Herschel is going to do great, Trump said of the former Heisman Trophy winner who won the Senate primary in Georgia.

5:48pm

Had to let the dog out.

5:47pm

So it really boils down to January 6 and the impeachment vote thereafter, it would seem just based on voting and most policy.

It is odd, to some, for Cheney to be called a RINO when she voted with Trump 94% of the time.

5:45pm

Low taxes, low regulations, powerful military, and taking care of veterans, Trump just mentioned. That’s something that Liz Cheney favors too. It is interesting how much they agree on versus how much they disagree on.

It’s all pertinent because remember, Cheney voted with Trump 94% of the time. One of the highest in Congress and much higher than the woman who replaced Trump in leadership, Stefanik.

5:41

Remember when COVID started, both Trump and Cheney agreed on things. Trump called it the Chinese virus and Liz blamed the virus on the Chinese eating bats. There is a tweet from Cheney that was considered controversial back in early 2020 about that.

5:39pm

Again, Trump is saying things that most in the Republican Party in Wyoming would agree with.

He is now explaining when he calls people “smart” who aren’t necessarily liked by Americans (like the Taliban), he isn’t praising them, he is merely calling them what they are. Someone can be smart without there being an affection for them, he explained.

5:37pm

Now Trump is calling out Royce McCollum, the sister of Rylee McCollum, the Jackson, Wyoming Marine who died in Afghanistan.

“Thank you Thank you. She lives here. Thank you very much.”

“We had the biggest tax cuts ever, historic job numbers, the least regulations,. We had 164 million people working. We were doing things that nobody has ever seen.”

“And we had right to try, the right to try medicines if you are terminally ill. And thousands of lives were saved. We took away the liability and we saved thousands of lives.”

Trump is calling the wind power industry “the most expensive industry now.”

5:35pm

“We had $1.87 per gallon gasoline. Now it’s going to close to $9.00 per gallon today.” Not certain where the $9.00 per gallon gas is. But it’s over $5.00 per gallon in some parts of Wyoming. And it’s over $6.00 per gallon in California.

5:33pm

A lot of what Trump is saying would appeal to most Republicans in the state. Not all of what he’s saying but there would be few Republicans likely to be pleased with the Biden administration so far.

5:32pm

He called Biden’s presidential effort, so far, a “breathtaking failure.”

“Foster was a good man. Lynn was on our side right from the beginning,” Trump said. “You were on our side before Foster but we won’t say that because we don’t want to make him upset.”

5:31pm

Now he continues to introduce other speakers. He just pointed out Wyoming state Sen. Bo Biteman. “Looking good, Bo.” Reminder that Bo Biteman apparently was bumped from speaking today.

He just called out Mr. Pillow. Big round of applause for Pillow.

“Does anyone want me to run again,” he asked of the crowd.

Everyone is standing up. That’s a big winning line here

5:29pm

He just introduced Frank Eathorne to much applause. “Thank you, Frank. He’s different. He always has to sit in a different section. You stand out because you’ve done an outstanding job. If you don’t win, you’ve done a lousy job.”

5:28pm

It’s a crowd pleaser when Trump discusses his doctor and how his doctor said he was healthier than Presidents Obama and Bush.

5:27pm

Trump said he doesn’t want to emulate France but many countries have paper ballots and one-day voting and that is what he prefers and the crowd agrees with him.

“If we’ve learned one thing from Trump, it’s that our elections are seriously flawed. And our borders are a disaster. We went from the strongest borders to the weakest borders.”

5:26pm

Trump back on stage and now he’s speaking to some of the crowd.

“The primary is Tuesday, August 16. Absentee voting, I hate to use that term. We should have one-day voting with paper ballots.” The crowd approves.

5:24pm

Now he calls Harriet back to the stage.

“Do you miss him yet?” Harriet asks the crowd.

5:23pm

Back to Liz and Harriet. “Harriet Hageman will be a true champion of Wyoming. Fourth generation. She will fight for Wyoming’s incredible farmers and incredible ranchers.”

“China was taking advantage of our ranchers and farmers. I took out $28 billion and gave it to the farmers and ranchers. And then we made a great trade deal. We got rid of NAFTA. I told the farmers to go out and buy more tractors and more land.”

“Harriet will fight to unleash vast resources, strong on crime, strong on borders, strong on First and Second amendments.”

She is endorsed by practically everyone and most importantly she is endorsed by me.”

5:22pm

He says of NATO. The money came roaring in when he told the NATO nations that the U.S. wouldn’t protect them unless they “paid up.”

5:20pm

Bill Sniffin chimes in: “This is vintage Trump. Great speech. A true love fest.”

5:18pm

“Our greatest danger is the sick people within our country,” Trump said.

Now he’s back to Liz, kind of.

“I ended his pipeline and Biden gave it back to him,” he said of Putin.

5:15pm

That tangent went on for a long time. But he brought the crowd back in by talking about his accomplishments in generalties.

He is bashing Chris Wallace now and is praising Chris’ Dad, Mike Wallace.

“Remember back when Saturday Night Live used to be good,” he said.

And he’s bringing up Jon Lovitz. And going back to the “fake news media.”

Will he get back to Harriet and Liz soon?

5:13pm

Trump talking about Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager. Crowd is not as interested. But he’ll pick it up as he always does during these rallies.

“They created a fake story about Russia,” he said.

“Despite going through 2 1/2 years of hell, we did more than any other president in the history of our country.”

5:10pm

He’s promoting the Truth Social social media service. He’s still not going back to Twitter. “I’m not going back to Twitter because we have truth on our side,” he said. “Get off Twitter.”

Photo by Matt Idler

5:09pm

There could be a third world war because the stupidity that is going on now, Trump said.

“We could end up in third world war and I thought it wouldn’t be possible. I completely rebuilt the US weaponry and in rebuilding it, we also rebuilt and renovated the nuclear weapons and I hated to do it because I know of the power. China is doing things they would have never done.

“We have never been in a weaker position and a lot of it had to do with the way we withdrew from Afghanistan,” he said.

5:05pm

Now Trump is talking about crowd size again. And now on to Ukraine. “It’s a terrible thing. You need to get back to the table. It would have never happened under me.

“I really respect Chuck Todd when he asked why didn’t this happen under Trump.

“Under Bush, they lost the country of Georgia. Obama, they lost Crimea. Under Biden, they lost everything. And under Trump, they lost nothing.”

“Same thing with China. They have these big impressive bombers flying over Taiwan.

“I told the presidents of Russia and China they couldn’t do it. There was zero chance. They only thing that is keeping China out is they are seeing how badly Russia is doing.”

5:03pm

“I got to witness Harriet’s speaking ability just minutes ago and you are good, Harriet. No one is going to take you on.”

“This is a symbol ,” he said of Wyoming’s race.

“With Liz Cheney’s support, the un-select committee has turned the House into an instrument of political torment.

“The worst person of all is Liz Cheney. She is helping to completely cover-up the videos, the real videos of what really happened [on January 6,” he said.

“We want to know what really happened to the election,” he said, mentioning that Nancy Pelosi turned down 10,000 national guard troops.

5:00pm

“You are at the top of the list,” he said of the upcoming Wyoming vote. This is the most important election that we have. Right here in Wyoming. You are going to be hit hard. They want to win it because they want to hurt Trump, Harriett. I hate to say it.

4:59pm

“The phony narrative that Liz Cheney is pushing is an all out war on free speech. The persecution of the January 6 political prisoners. How many people from ANTIFA are still in jail? How many people from Black Lives Matter are still in jail? How many people who have killed people are still in jail?”

4:58pm

“Liz Cheney was censured by the Wyoming GOP. I love the Wyoming GOP,” he said. I’m very proud of Frank Eathorne. You will tell Liz Cheney, Liz you are fired. Get out of here. Get the hell out of here.”

4:57pm

“What a load of crap,” he said of the January 6 insurrection.

He said there is another fake story coming.

“I’ve been investigated by more than Billy the Kid and Al Capone,” he said.

4:55pm

“Liz Cheney has aided and abetted in … witch hunt in history,” Trump said of the January 6 committee.

4:54pm

“I think she looks good,” Trump said of a photoshopped image of Liz Cheney with George Bush’s face implanted.

4:52pm

“When I was in office, we were respected. No one was going to war with us,” he said.

“We didn’t have to go to war for people to know we were the toughest,” Trump said.

4:50pm

Trump now talking about Scotter Libby and the pardon he gave him. “George Bush should have done it long before me.”

“The Cheneys never met a war they didn’t like,” Trump said.

“We do it by habit,” Trump said of entering new wars.

4:47pm

Trump said in Texas they are 33-0. Said they swept Arkansas. Mentioning that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be next governor in Arkansas.

Said they did great in Georgia. “Couple little problems we had in Georgia,” he said. “When you allow Democrats

Trump said he told Gordon at the airport that Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to vote in the Republican primary in the state. He said he got a nice hat from Gordon. “I told him I don’t need hats. I need Democrats not being allowed to vote in Republican primaries.”

4:45pm

President Trump delivers remarks.

Takes a shot at the fake-news.

“There is no RINO in America more than Liz Cheney,” Trump says. He does pronounce Harriet’s last name correctly.

“She has gone crazy,” Trump said of Cheney.

4:40pm

President Trump is on stage.

4:37

Holy cow. It’s over. Did she only get 7 minutes?

Village People’s YMCA is playing. Bam. Fast. Point by point by point. Done.

4:35pm

Again, she is going thru her speech very rapidly. Maybe it’s because she got pressure to move quickly because of main speaker?

“He knows that I am that person who will represent you, your families, your businesses, that I will always put America first, America’s energy first. and I will do everything in my power to make America great again again.

“We are putting everyone on notice that we are taking our country back.”

4:32pm

She is going through her speech pretty quickly. Getting huge reaction from crowd. She may want to slow down a bit and milk it.

“We’re fed up with mask mandates, vaccine mandates, the CDC. the WHO, and the misinformation campaign surrounding Covid-19

“We’re fed up with Anthony Fauci”

We are fed up with Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi.” Chants of Go, Joe, Go are being heard.

“We are fed up with Dems who want to take away our rights. We are fed up with the January 6 Commission who think they can gaslight us. We are fed up with those types of Republicans”

“And we are fed up with Liz Cheney.”

Crowd goes wild.

4:31pm

She’s going through a litany of what Wyoming is “fed-up” with. Illegal immigrants, abortion industry, liberal media, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube for blocking conservative speech.

4:29pm

Harriet Hageman on stage now. She starts off her speech by giving her credentials. Where she’s from, where she went to school, and how she’s fought for Wyoming. Very well-received.

4:24pm

4:21pm

Matt Idler believes it is nearly full. Bill Sniffin concurs. The RightSided broadcasters are awful.

They bash Cheney, which many will do, but they don’t know what they’re talking about. The Rod Stewart hairdo guy wasn’t aware that there was any oil in Wyoming. And his co-host continues to call Harriett Hageman, Harriet Haggerty or Harriet Hagofsky.

They are not allowed to pontificate on Wyoming as they have no idea what’s going on here.

4:18pm

Now these broadcasters are bashing Starbucks for whatever reason, we don’t know. Thank God for coffee. We’ve been live blogging this for six-plus hours now.

No word from Rod Miller. He may be out for the count. But it was great to hear from him. Remember, he opines. He gets to do that.

As for Leo and Bill, haven’t heard anything lately. We’ll check-in.

4:15pm

These RightSide Broadcasting people are starting to get unbelievably annoying. Awful. This is not a judgment on their politics. It’s a judgment on their broadcasting abilities. They’re awful. Cowboy State Daily’s Wendy Corr is an excellent broadcaster and we would much rather hear from her.

Bill Sniffin reports: “Great fun. I did not think I was going to get in the building because they never sent the press privileges. But they had me on the list so we got in OK. It’s been great.”

Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger is now playing.

4:12pm

Our friend Jonathan Downing just reminded us that Don, Jr. is supposed to speak and he hasn’t appeared yet. So, if you are playing along at home, of the speakers who were supposed to address the crowd, we have yet to hear from: Sen. Bo Biteman, Don Trump, Jr., Harriet Hageman, and former President Trump.

Jonathan is guessing 5pm is now the start time for the former president.

4:10pm

This from Cowboy State Daily’s photographer Matt Idler: “The media area is packed full. I got a good spot but if I move I will lose it so I may wait until after Trump speaks to get you photos of Hageman and Trump. They needed a bigger area for media.”

We told Matt to stay put and to get us great photos and we’ll post them later.

In the meantime, maybe Leo or Bill if they aren’t punching each other in the face, could send us a photo of Trump and Harriet speaking.

The big question for us now is: Will Trump mangle Harriet’s last name like so many of the speakers did? He should have a quick one-on-one with Sen. Cheri Steinmetz and she should coach him thru the pronunciation. It really isn’t that hard.

4:07pm

No shocker. Former President Trump was supposed to speak at 4pm. He’s running late. No big deal. No one is going to leave. Bill and Leo believe the arena is nearly at capacity now.

4:00pm

Elton John with Rocketman now.

3:58pm

Leo reports that the arena is 92% – 95% full. Bill opts for the 95% number. Bill and Leo are not fist-fighting.

Rod Miller opines (and remember Rod Miller opines — that what he does): Somewhere in the bowels of that carnival freakshow, probably deep under the stands, there is a tongue-speakin’ snakehandler who can put a perfect Monana Peak crease in a Stetson Open Road. That’s about the only reason that I would attend a goat**** like that.”

3:56pm

Leo just wrote us: “Crowd of people swaying in unison to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. Mr. Pillow guy still walking around. Rod Stewart-hairdo guy with pink blazer says Mr. Pillow was the only one to get a standing ovation.

FACT-CHECK: Hey Rod Stewart-hairdo guy. You’re wrong. Boebert got a standing ovation and a bigger one than Mr. Pillow. Boebert was the best-received so far.

3:52pm

We offered Rod Miller the opportunity to share his opinion on the rally to which he stated: “I ate too many mushrooms to think clearly about this.”

3:49

Here at Cowboy State Daily headquarters — and by the way, we have a new office which we are opening up soon — we’ve got the text messages flowing with Bill, Leo, and Matt. We’ve got Slack going on too (which is an instant messaging service), we’ve got email flowing in. We’re getting Facebook messages too.

Our friend and columnist Rod Miller just messaged us: “What a great job you are doing covering the Great Goat**** of 2022 the Fear and Loathing in Casper. Great stuff!!!”

Remember, Rod is a columnist. He gets to say whatever he wants. Like him or not like him, he has opinion. That’s what he does. We have a number of columnists.

Rod Miller and Dave Simpson don’t agree most of the time. That’s balanced opinion and it’s fun to listen to both of them.

3:46pm

We’ve got Bill, Leo, and Matt all attending the event. We’re watching the event on RightSide Broadcasting with the Rod Stewart-hairdo, pink blazer wearing guy. [link above]

Let’s be honest if you’re watching them too. These guys get old. It’s kind of like watching a parade on Thanksgiving Day minus the floats. There’s only so much material to fill the time. And they are digging deep into the well.

We think many would agree just let us listen to the music and shut up for awhile. But that’s just an aside and if you like them, our apologies.

3:45pm

Another photo from Leo’s vantage point:

3:40pm

If you are following along with your own scorecard, we show there are three speakers left: Sen. Bo Biteman from Sheridan, Harriet Hageman, and President Trump. We think, emphasize, think that’s it. We’ll see. The former president is expected to speak at 4pm.

3:36pm

Bill Sniffin sends this photo of the media at the event.

3:34pm

More photos from Matt.

Update from Bill and Leo: Leo has the arena at 85% full. Bill has the arena at 90% full. No fisticuffs so far.

3:31pm

OK. We’re still in the waiting zone. Arena continues to fill-up. Trump is flying in. And Cowboy State Daily photographer Matt Idler gave us some great shots of the first speakers and the rally itself. Enjoy.

3:13pm

Let’s put this all in to perspective. This is a huge event in Wyoming. Politically it’s huge. And no matter what side of any aisle you’re on, it’s incontrovertible.

There has never been the interest in a Wyoming House race before. When has there been a national interest like this in any Wyoming race? We are in the center of the political universe.

We’re in the center of it because of Liz Cheney. Like her or not, she accrued enormous political power in the United States. That was way before the Trump controversy.

She was elevated by her peers to the third highest position of leadership in the House. This is unprecedented. She achieved that because of her leadership abilities, her speaking abilities, and her fundraising abilities. Even those who despise her now have to acknowledge that she was in a far different plane than she is now.

She then took a stand against a very divisive president. And remember, Trump is in a league of his own. There hasn’t been a president like him.

So this feud became very public and neither gave an inch. Trump singled her out. Public enemy number one. And he searched for the candidate he thought would have the best chance against her. That was Harriet.

This has all culminated in to the rally today. It’s all unprecedented. It’s fascinating. It’s likely a once-in-a-lifetime political event in Wyoming.

Nothing we’ve heard so far is of any surprise. That’s not to say it’s not interesting, it is. But it’s what we all expected.

Good speakers, good one-liners, boring pre-recorded announcements, great costumes, interesting conversations, and the anticipation of what President Trump is going to say.

Like former President Trump or not. Like U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney or not. It’s amazing political theatre and we should recognize it as that and appreciate what it is.

3:11pm

Aerosmith playing. Train Kept A Rollin’. We took a short break.

The guys at the arena are having a really difficult time getting cell service but I did get this photo from Leo.

2:59pm

Back to the Black Crowes. Hard To Handle. Could be their best song.

2:53pm

Another break. Huey Lewis and the News is playing. ‘Power of Love’ good song from a good movie.

Rod Stewart-hairdo-looking guy with pink blazer just showed a graphic on the screen showing President Trump’s airplane enroute. Flying up from Texas.

Van Halen’s “Right Now” is now playing. One of the better songs of Van Halen 2.0. That and Poundcake are probably the best. But any sane person will agree that Van Halen with David Lee Roth was better. But, then again, Sammy Hagar on his own was incredible. So no criticism really of anyone.

Except that Sammy Hagar really needs to re-master Standing Hampton because the audio quality is bad.

Back to the rally, the arena is filling up. So dire predictions of a cavernous arena are not likely to be fulfilled. Bill Sniffin believes it will completely fill-up. Leo Wolfson may be a bit more skeptical but with Bill’s report of the long line outside of the arena, the best bet might be with Bill — if you are laying odds on the whole thing.

It is apparent that they will not be getting into a massive fist-fight over it, however. That might be entertaining for some but we believe in peace. So we’re glad they aren’t mixing it up.

2:50pm

Bill Sniffin reports that there is still a very long line outside of the arena. “I think we will fill this place,” he said. “And the concession stand is going forever. Lots of people outside and lots of people standing in line to get something to eat.”

“I’m wondering if Trump may show up a little early,” Bill said. “Most of the big speakers are done except for Hageman,” he said.

2:48pm

Now Rep. Elise Stefanik speaking via video. Again, not electrifying. She, at least, got a reaction when she mentioned she replaced Cheney in leadership but crowd is just watching.

2:46pm

Now House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking. Crowd is not electrified. They’re paying attention but video messages are far, far, far, far, far less effective. Really makes you wonder why they even do them. Yawn.

2:44pm

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz speaking via video now. He was supposed to be in Casper. Don’t know why he didn’t show up.

2:43pm

Bill Sniffin and Leo Wolfson are no longer mortal enemies. They have agreed that the arena is somewhere between 65%-70% full.

2:39pm

The first whiff musically of the day. Nothing Going to Stop Us Now by Starship. But this is because once they started calling themselves Starship, it was over. Horrible song. <sad>

2:35pm

Now we have a video from Leo Wolfson. By the way, Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop” is now playing.

2:32pm

Bill Sniffin vs Leo Wolfson crowd estimate update.

Leo believes the arena is 65–70% full.

Bill says it’s “filling up.”

They have not come to blows.

2:30pm

Now it’s REO. Perfect for the crowd. Roll With The Changes.

This is a Gary Richrath song. The late guitarist. He’s underrated. The guy was seriously talented. The song is from the You Can Tune A Piano album. Brilliant song.

Here’s a link.

2:27pm

I’m going to put in a request for ZZ Top’s La Grange.

Even tho the song is written for LaGrange, Texas, we have a La Grange, Wyoming.

Is there a better song?

2:26pm

Back to Skynyrd. Turn it up. Sweet Home Alabama.

Fantastic.

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ol’ Neil put her down
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow

2:22pm

We’re still here. We ain’t going anywhere. They are on break.

Now they are playing “Amy” by Pure Prairie League. Gotta love the song selections. Makes no difference your party affiliation, if you play CCR, then Skynyrd, then Pure Prairie League, you’re good. We can all agree on the song selections. Can’t we?

I think we can.

Back to break. Coffee brewing.

Don’t know if Bill Sniffin and Leo Wolfson have beat each other up over crowd estimates. Perhaps getting a cell service out of the building is impossible. Will let you know.

2:17pm

Now it’s Skynyrd’s “They Call Me The Breeze”. Another fantastic song.

The Rod Stewart hairdo guy who is wearing a pink blazer is back on YouTube unfortunately because we would rather listen to Skynyrd. We’ll be back when it starts up again. Skynyrd rules.

2:15pm

Break in the action. Back to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fortunate Son.

Is there really a better song for CCR than Fortunate Son? Just an amazing song.

Enjoy the song. We are going to get some coffee.

“It ain’t me, it ain’t me,. I ain’t no fortunate one, no…..

2:12pm

“We gotta take back the House and it starts in Wyoming,” Cammack says.

There are 80 days before the primary, she reminds. “We take back Wyoming and we save America.”

Is she starting a Let’s Go Brandon chant? She started to but changed her mind.

Now the topic is swamp creatures and draining those creatures, she said, requires the work of cowboys and cowgirls.

“I can think of no better cowgirl than Harriet Hageman,” she said.

She gets a cheer by mentioning President Trump is coming up. Now she asks the crowd to stand up.

“Are you all ready,” she asks. “Come on, lets show them what Ultra-MAGA is all about.”

Then she leads the crowd with U-S-A.

2:10pm

“I’m working really hard to pissing Nancy Pelosi off,” says Rep. Kat Cammack who is on the stage now.

This is a big change from Chip Neiman.

Cammack seems very much at ease like Boebert.

“I was supposed to be one of Pelosi’s victims,” Cammack said.

Cammack said she was born on a cattle ranch in Colorado and President Obama stole it from her.

She chose not to be a victim of Obama’s theft, she said and got “pissed off.”

She says she is the youngest female representative in Congress. Her peer would be Madison Cawthorne who is the youngest male but he just got primaried and lost. Unknown if she has primary competition.

2:08pm

Looks like the fist-fight between Bill Sniffin and Leo Wolfson may not happen. Leo is conceding that Bill’s number of 66% might be a more reasonable estimate of how full the arena is.

2:07pm

“We have the opportunity term-limit Liz Cheney and we’re going to do it,” Neiman says as he wraps up and then gives a nod to the former president.

2:05pm

Neiman is more mild-mannered than others. About at the same level of excitement as Steinmetz. Not a criticism as different people have different speaking styles.

Neiman is composed. He is quoting the 20th president, James Garfield. We’ll take his word for it. We know Abe Lincoln was 16.

He’s reading the quote by Garfield now. We’ll throw it in later. He’s speaking too fast and we’ll get it wrong.

2:03pm

Rep. Chip Neiman is speaking. He is telling the story of Harriet calling him and asking him to speak at the Trump rally.

He gets up on stage and encourages the audience to get on their feet.

Bill and Leo are almost having a fistfight over how much of the arena is full. Again, somewhere between 45% and 66%.

2:02pm

Events Center is now about 45% full according to Cowboy State Daily’s Leo Wolfson. Slowly but surely, it’s building. The question is will it fill up by the time Trump arrives.

Bill Sniffin counters with Leo’s estimate and puts it at 66%.

So somewhere in between there.

2:00pm

Had to take a break but we’re back. Steinmetz on stage.

“We need Harriet Hageman and she needs you,” she said.

Steinmetz, of course, gets the pronunciation right. “I have known Harriet her whole life. She will defend our fossil fuel industry and our natural resources. She will protect our ranchers, farmers, and our rural way of life.”

“Wyoming will stand for Harriet Hageman and we will restore our Republic,” she said.

1:58pm

Now that’s going to be hard to follow. Sen. Cheri Steinmetz is up.

No one would want to follow Boebert. She knows her crowd. She knows how to fire it up.

1:56pm

Boebert brings up Moses and the Red Sea and it “looks like it’s all over.”

“They stood at the Red Seaand they cried out to God. God didn’t say, “I’m sorry, I messed up,” she said.

“We are to partner with God. God looked at them and he said why do you cry out to me. Tell the people to go forward. A way was made where there was no way. And the enemy swallowed up behind them

“No matter what defeat looks like, but take a step go forward. America is worth saving. God Bless you, God bless President Trump.” Crowd goes wild.

1:53pm

Boebert said her favorite president is coming out to speak soon, she promised.

She mentioned how Trump selected three conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

“For the first time in three years, we are going to be able to take a stand for life in America,” she said. “Life always wins.”

President Trump doesn’t like germs, Boebert said.

Uh-oh, she’s condemning the media. “Fake media is the virus,” she said, but has all smiles.

President Trump shared a bowl of popcorn with her 14 year old son, she said.

“I know where he’s been, I don’t share food with my son,” she said to laughs.

But that’s because he’s a family man and he’s a businessman and “he loves you,” she said.

Standing ovation. First one so far.

“We love Trump, we love Trump, we love Trump,” she started the chant. The crowd continues it.

1:51pm

“I run my mouth a lot and I give God glory,” Boebert said.

Boebert really does speak effortlessly. She appears like she’s enjoying herself. Best speaker so far.

Bill and Leo agree. “Audience loves her,” Bill writes. “Eating it up,” Leo concurs.

I am a professional RINO-hunter, Wyoming,” she said. “And I have been told that your RINO in chief needs to be taken out of Wyoming.

“I have not found a three-letter agency that she does not want to grow, or a CNN interview that she doesn’t want to take,” she said.

1:48pm

Uh-oh. Technical breakdown when Lauren Boebert comes on stage. Lots of feedback.

Boebert gets the most energized response so far.

“I’m raising my four boys to be men before liberals turn them into women,” she said.

She mentioned her waitresses all open-carry at her restaurant making it the “safest restaurant ever.”

“We are not relinquishing our Second Amendment rights,” she said.

“We are not giving an inch on your right to bear arms,” she said.

1:46pm

“I urge you to support Harriet Hageman,” she said, pronouncing her name correctly. “When Republican values win, Wyoming wins. Ride for the brand, Wyoming.”

1:43pm

“Thanks to President Trump, the world knew that America was MAGA-strong,” she said.

Halverson mentioned that the U.S. was energy independent stating that “Wyoming is the Saudi Arabia of coal.”

She said Wyoming’s coal could power America’s electricity needs for 400 years. “And we want it back she said.”

“Joe Biden has contempt for Wyoming energy,” she said.

“Casper is nicknamed Oil City for a reason, she said to cheers. “It’s time to get back to America-First.”

1:40pm

Utah’s attorney general just spoke. But we had to take a bathroom break. He got good response though.

Now on the stage is former Wyoming Rep. Marti Halverson.

She starts off by referencing her credentials noting that she now represents Wyoming Right To Life.

“Hello, Wyoming Republicans,” Halverson began stating she was from Lincoln County.

“President Trump, on behalf of Wyoming Republicans, welcome to MAGA, Ultra-MAGA country,” she said. “This crowd is amazing. It might not be as big of a crowd as Trump is used to but I am guessing that half of Wyoming is here today.”

Sniffin and Wolfson say, however, the arena is not half-full yet.

“President Trump, this is your home on the range,” she said. “Wyoming is a First Amendment state and Second Amendment strong.”

1:34pm

Bill Sniffin writes: “Lots of people now coming in. Not sure why they late.” Leo Wolfson concurs: Yeah probably 30% full now. Maybe 40%.”

1:31

“Her picture is next to swamp creature in the dictionary,” Biggs said of Liz Cheney to a cascade of boos.

Biggs couldn’t get Harriet’s name right either. But no one can. Biggs said by putting Hageman in Congress, the foundation will be laid to get President Trump back at the White House.

“You are American patriots who will never stop fighting,” he said. “Harriet will be a conservative voice. America will be a shining city on the hill and generations from now, our children will be living in peace, prosperity, and freedom.”

He concluded his remarks by saying, “Let’s go Brandon!”

1:28pm

Both Bill Sniffin and Leo Wolfson mentioned they are surprised at the crowd. Bill writes: “Surprised at crowd so far. Maybe they are still outside? Or at concession stand.” Leo writes: “This crowd is really small.”

1:26pm

Rep. Andy Biggs from Arizona is up next.

“Hello Ultra Maggers,” Biggs began. “It’s great to be in Casper. We love our country, don’t we. But we need a president who loves our country. Wouldn’t it be nice to have President Trump back?”

We got a guy in there now, Joe Biden, America-last kinda guy,” he said.

“I identify as being non-Biden-ary,” he said to laughs.

1:24pm

Wyoming Rep. John Bear comes to the stage.

Bear brought up Sen. Wendy’s Schuler’s bill that would have prohibited transgendered athletes from competing against males but he blamed Gov Gordon it not getting heard in the State House.

He also blamed Gordon for not getting a bill passed that would have disallowed crossover voting.

Bear endorses Hageman. No surprise.

“Let’s fight for Wyoming. America’s last hope,” he said to applause.

1:22pm

“I am endorsing Harriet Hageman right now,” Mr. Pillow said, mentioning a recent poll that showed Cheney had a 30-point lead.

He’s doing okay with Hageman’s last name.

“God has had his hand in all of this. Keep the prayers going for our great President Trump. And go see the movie “Selection Code.”

1:20pm

Mr. Pillow is talking about election fraud again. Says Trump won by an extra 20,000 votes in Wyoming but the election machines are all fraudulent.

“As you know I’ve been fighting every day to get rid of the machines,” Pillow said. “We need to terminate the machines everywhere.”

1:18pm

Mr. Pillow gets a standing ovation. Gold Star Mother just spoke. Gold Star mother batted .500 on Hageman’s last name. She got it right the first time but through in a spare “r” the second time she said it: “Hagerman.”

1:09pm

Wyoming GOP Chair Frank Eathorne was just brought to the stage.

Frank said of former President Trump, “I would run through barbed wire for that guy, how about you?” he said to cheers.

He said the Wyoming Republican Party is “your party” to a smattering of applause.

“Who are we and what is our purpose,” he began. “We want to elect Ultra-Maga platform candidates and we are making great strides.”

Eathorne’s remarks were very short, speaking for only two minutes. He said nothing controversial.

1:08pm

Sister of fallen Marine Rylee McCollum, Royce McCollumn, was just introduced to give the Pledge of Allegiance.

1:06pm

Lynn Friess, wife of the late Foster Friess, starts the ceremony by thanking the attendees for their support as her husband died one year ago on Thursday. She then opened the ceremony with a prayer. She mispronounced Hageman’s (Hag-a-man) last name but that appears to be a running theme for this event.

1:00pm

For the first-time ever (sarcastic tone), a political rally is running late. The speakers won’t be going on for another 15 minutes or so. But in the meantime, we continue to get photos and color from Bill Sniffin, Leo Wolfson, and Matt Idler.

Back to YouTube, the host Liz [insert last name here] has butchered Harriet Hageman’s last name every time she’s said it. It ranges from Hagerty to Hagerman to Haggity, to Hagosky. It’s terrifically amusing to see what Harriet’s last name is going to be next.

Tim Murtaugh, who is an advisor for Harriet Hageman, is on RightSide Broadcasting Network right now. Murtaugh was a senior advisor to former President Trump.

He mentions that Wyoming was the biggest Trump supporter in the U.S. with a full 70% backing the former president.

He said he is confident (and, of course he would say that) that Hageman will win but concedes that Cheney has a big war chest and she knows how to run a campaign.

The host Liz [insert last name here] just said something weird. She said that Gov. Mark Gordon didn’t want to legalize Ivermectin as an over-the-counter drug because he was afraid the medicine would be prescribed for cows and then ingested by the populace.

12:56pm

More photos from Cowboy State Daily’s Matt Idler. Just a few minutes before the speakers begin.

12:49pm

Cowboy State Daily political reporter Leo Wolfson writes: “Boos ring out for the audience as a video is showed where Cheney expresses her support for Dr. Fauci.”

Another photo dump from our Cowboy State Daily team: Bill Sniffin, Leo Wolfson, and master photographer Matt Idler.

By the way, the music is great. Creedence Clearwater Revival is playing now. Run Through The Jungle. We are biased when it comes to music.

Anyway, more photos:

12:39pm

Not surprisingly, the media is still not greeted warmly (our feelings aren’t hurt). Cowboy State Daily photographer Matt Idler shares this gem.

Cowboy State Daily’s Bill Sniffin laughed when he said the seats for the media are the worst in the arena.

12:32pm

Photo dump from Cowboy State Daily photographer Matt Idler and one photo from Bill Sniffin. Bill Sniffin is at the concession stand! Enjoy…

12:25pm

Boos and cheers rang out from the audience as an anti-Cheney, Hageman commercial played before the audience. Just for clarification, the boos were for the Cheney party of the videos, Leo writes.

Volunteer staff say they’re not allowed to talk to the media. There are at least 100 volunteers.

“Let’s Go Brandon” t-shirts are everywhere.

12:17pm

Leo Wolfson talked to Kash and Amie Richmond of Powell who said they got in line at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, sleeping overnight on the ground to make sure they got into the rally.

Leo says a live scrolling chart of Trump’s Wyoming donors played from the video screens in the arena as the audience trickled in.

Then the trailer for an upcoming movie alleging that the 2020 election was rigged played. That movie is called “Rigged,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pillow guy continues to talk to pink-blazered Rod Stewart guy about election fraud.

12:10pm

Everyone is hitting the concession stands, Bill Sniffin reports.

The place is only about 10 percent filled so far. Mr. Pillow guy is all over the place. There’s a guy from FOX News here, Ed Henry is here.

The press has the worst seats in the building, Sniffin said laughing.

Lots of volunteers. It’s a very enthusiastic crowd. All ages.

You see a lot of three generations, grey-haired grandparents, the son and daughters, and then the children. They are all enthusiastic and lots of flags.

Leo Wolfson says Hageman signs dotted the road even on the approach to the Ford Center.

Bill Sniffin’s wife Nancy questioned, “How long are we going to be here? I left my book in the car!”

But she’s says the people-watching is “fantastic.”

12:06pm

Now back to YouTube from RightSide Broadcasting. More talk now about how Georgia’s election, earlier this week, was stolen.

The pink-blazered, Rod Stewart-hairdo guy just got back from the NRA conference, he said.

He said the protests at the NRA convention and “it was a zoo.”

He said he wanted to talk more about the NRA convention but today’s rally with Donald Trump and Liz Cheney “is the priority.”

11:55am

Just got a photo dump from Cowboy State Daily photographer Matt Idler. Enjoy

11:53am

Right Side Broadcasting is streaming the rally live on its YouTube page. The host, who is wearing a pink blazer and sports Rod Stewart hair, stands out a bit.

11:49am

As the arena fills, comments on Cowboy State Daily’s Facebook page are mixed. Some supporters, some detractors.

“Wish I could have gone, put my flag out, in respect, Trump always respects our flag and what it stands for,” writes Sheryl Lockard.

“Will they be providing rascal scooters and meth pipe disposal pods for the participants,” wrote Aaron Kay (not likely a fan of Trump).

11:41am

Cowboy State Daily reporter Leo Wolfson sends a photo of Harriet Hageman, who went through the line shaking hands and posing for pictures.

11:38am

Mr. Pillow, also known as Mike Lindell, announces he will be speaking at the rally today.

11:35am

Bill Sniffin, who is inside the arena, says: “Lots of shirts that said ‘Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.'”

Meanwhile, Mr. Pillow continues to promote his products. Mr. Pillow slippers are on sale for $49.95, by the way.

11:32am

Mr. Pillow continues to talk about faulty voting machines. He said a faulty algorithm was the reason that his candidates in Georgia did not win.

“It’s called a selection, not an election,” he said. “Everything in Georgia was stolen.”

11:25am

Mr. Pillow announced that a trailer for a new upcoming movie “Selection Code” that alleges that election machines are all rigged will be played during the event on Saturday.

“We gotta get rid of Liz Cheney,” Lendill told the outside crowd.

“The 2020 election will go down as the most important election in history,” he said. “God has had his hand in all of this. Because we learned about about the corrupt politicians, the RINOs, and the bad platforms,” he said.

He then condemned FOX News for refusing to run his pillow ads and for refusing to discuss the movie “2,000 mules.”

“What is FOX News’ agenda?” Lendill asked.

“We need to melt down the voting machines,” he said.

11:14am

Cowboy State Daily’s Bill Sniffin is in the arena and sent this photo. More to come…

Photo by Bill Sniffin
Video by Bill Sniffin

11:09am

Joe’s Gotta Go

Chants of “Joe’s Gotta Go” piped up from the winding line of thousands of people waiting to enter the area.

“I’m not surprised at all with the numbers of people waiting,” said a man wearing a shirt that said “When Tyranny Becomes Law, Rebellion Becomes Duty.”

“We love President Trump,” he said.

10:57am

Trump is being used by God.

A fervent devotee of the former president, who was wearing a hat emblazoned with “Trump Won,” said Trump was being used by God similar to the Old Testament’s Abraham, David, and Moses.

“Just liked he used them to do amazing things to continue to show his presence in this world and to demonstrate that he’s still in control, I honestly believe that God rolled-up President Trump because he cares, he genuinely has a heart,” the man said.

He said Trump supporters are the last line of defense for the citizens of the U.S. and the world.

“So it is so very important that we get this turned around and Trump is our leader and that’s why we’re here,” he said.

10:39am

Attendees, as would be expected, are excited about attending the rally.

Thousands are waiting in line and when asked by reporters about the event, their enthusiasm boils over.

A woman identified as Rachael said she was attending with her parents and grandmother from Denver.

In noting this was the first time that former President Trump visited Wyoming, she, in her exuberance, widened her statement, albeit inaccurately, to say that no national politician has ever visited the Cowboy State.

“This is the first time that any politician ever has visited Wyoming, ever. No presidents have ever come to Wyoming,” she said.  

When told that President Obama, Bush (I and II), Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, (the list goes on). have all visited Wyoming, Rachael was undeterred.

“Doesn’t make any difference,” she said.  “This is the first time Trump is coming to Wyoming and he’s the only president that has ever mattered.”

Sarah, a home town attendee, said she showed up at the events center at 8pm on Friday night with a lawn chair and hasn’t slept since.

“It’s really incredible seeing different generations, different walks of life, all sorts of patriots coming together to support our country and to support our president,” Sarah said.

Sarah’s father said many Wyomingites were “severely disappointed” in Rep. Cheney and that’s why there were so many people in line at the events center.

“We believe that she’s turned her back on Wyoming and she’s neck deep in the swamp water,” he said.

As for the election, Hageman will beat Cheney, he predicted.

“If not, we’ll know that the system is rigged,” he said.

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Long Crowd Lining Up For Trump Rally in Casper, Wyoming On Saturday

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Saturday is the day for big Donald Trump rally in Casper and lines started forming before 6 a.m.

This is the day the former president christens the campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney challenger Harriet Hageman.

Ever since Cheney spoke out against the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and went on to vote for Trump’s impeachment, the former president marked Cheney as public enemy number one.

Trump then sought to back the horse that could pull the equivalent of a Rich Strike win at the Kentucky Derby. After all, the thought of beating Liz Cheney, at one point, was considered an impossibility. She was a lock.

No longer. Now it’s a race. Now, it’s Saturday. And the big orange tank will be on the battlefield soon.

And although the actual Trump part of it is just a portion of the show (maybe an hour or a little bit longer), the rally is a whole-day affair.

Doors will open to the Casper Events Center (now known as the Ford Wyoming Center) at 11 a.m. and entertainment is slated to begin at 1 p.m.


Video by Cowboy State Daily’s Bill Sniffin

The former president should appear at 4 p.m. Sometimes he’s late. Sometimes he’s early.

The events center holds 9,700 people and is expected to be packed.  If it is and some patrons can’t get in to hear the presentations, they will be fed to large screens outside the events center as well.

And for those at home, it will be streamed on YouTube.

As for the speakers, there are some considered heavyweights for the portion of the Republican Party that Trump controls, including U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado.  

Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor-Greene is not in the lineup.  But Donald Trump Jr. is expected to attend and speak as well.

As for the Wyoming speakers, participants can look forward to hearing from Wyoming Republican Chairman Frank Eathorne who has been in Wyoming news frequently over the last two weeks.

Party activist David Iverson is also expected to speak, as is Wyoming state Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, Reps. John Bear, R-Gillette and Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, and former legislator Marti Halverson.

Bear and Neiman are used to speaking together as the two hosted a daily legislative recap on Facebook.  Bear, the more forceful of the two speakers, is more like an Al Michaels where Neiman is a quieter Chris Collinsworth.

And the big Wyoming speaker, of course, is Harriet Hageman who, as a trial attorney, knows how to deliver a good speech.

There will be video addresses by such notables as U.S. House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy, GOP House Chair Elise Stefanik, and Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio.

As for the music that will be played before, between and after the speakers, it’s a variety mainly of classic rock.

Patrons are likely to hear songs by The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Tom Petty, The Who, AC/DC, Bachman Turner, Overdrive, Phil Collins, and Aerosmith.

There’s some more poppier music that is likely to be played too from artists such as Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Village People, Lee Greenwood, Backstreet Boys, and Lionel Richie.

But this is Wyoming. Perhaps more of a country mix is in store. Will Chris LeDoux’s songs make an appearance?

Will the rally move the needle?  Unknown.  You would’t think anyone going to the rally would be on the fence in this contest.  So for the actual attendees, not likely.

But the subsequent coverage after the event could make an impact.  After all, the advertisements from the rally could be the most useful for Hageman.

But those advertisements aren’t going to go unanswered, of course.  Cheney’s war chest is vast and few are better in a knife fight than Liz.  She ain’t going quietly in the night.

It’s a Battle Royale and for political junkies, it’s a three month very loud, likely-obnoxious chess match. The election really kicks off on Saturday. This is where it begins. 

Jimmy Orr is the editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.

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Trump To No Longer Speak Outside In Casper; Event Moved To Inside Ford Wyoming Center

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Former President Donald Trump will likely directly speak to only a portion of the people who gather to see him at the Ford Wyoming Center on Saturday as plans now call for him to speak inside the facility.

Brad Murphy, general manager of the Ford Wyoming Center, said Thursday Trump will speak from inside the arena, which has a capacity of 9,700. If estimates for a turnout of 20,000 people are accurate, then most of the audience will watch Trump’s speech on multiple video screens outside.

Murphy said inside seats will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Originally, Trump and the rest of the speakers had been slated to speak outside of the Ford Center to a crowd watching from its multiple parking lots.

As late as Wednesday, Casper Police published a map reflecting this plan for the event. Murphy said he did not know why a change was made.

Trump will be just one of a number of prominent conservative voices set to hit the stage on Saturday. Others include U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, Wyoming U.S. congressional candidate Harriet Hageman and Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne.

Speaking via video to the audience will be U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, chair of the House Republican Conference, and Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio.

All three of these lawmakers have been staunch defenders of Trump and opponents of Hageman’s opponent, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

People will be able to park at the event at 6 a.m. and get in line for admission at that time. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and at that point “Entertainment” will begin, according to the rally website. Pre-program speakers will begin at 1 p.m. and Trump will speak at 4 p.m.

The event is considered a fundraiser for Hageman, who Trump has endorsed. 

The Wyoming GOP will be hosting a fundraiser, showing a documentary alleging fraudulent activity in the 2020 election, before the rally in Casper on Friday night.

Michael Pearlman, communications director for Gov. Mark Gordon, said Gordon will greet Trump when he lands at the Casper International Airport. He said Gordon will not attend the rally to avoid endorsing, as governor, a GOP primary candidate in the House race.

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GOP Chair Frank Eathorne To Be Keynote Speaker At Trump Rally

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne will be one of the keynote speakers at Saturday’s “Save America Rally” in Casper featuring former President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Trump and his son told a Wyoming radio host they were excited about visiting Casper.

“I’ll be there very soon and I look forward to that,” the former president told “Wake Up Wyoming” host Glenn Woods.

“I have a lot of friends there, we’re going to have a big one,” said Donald Trump Jr.

Eathorne, who did not deny reports he would speak, has been chairman of the party since 2019. He has been lately been criticized by a number of Republican Party members, who accused him of causing divisions and promoting intimidation within the GOP. His supporters, meanwhile, have rallied around him, describing him as a “patriot” and “not a politician.”

A recent WyoFile and Casper Star Tribune story documented a history of marital infidelity.

The State GOP issued a scathing response to the story, reiterating its support for Eathorne and belief in unity within the party.

“The vast majority of the Wyoming Republican Party stands united against the politics of personal destruction,” the statement said. “Tabloid-style journalism won’t cut it with Wyoming people. Tearing down others has always been the tactic of the Democrats and the weak in attempts to elevate themselves. We stand firm and united on principles of integrity, redemption, and personal accountability.”

Harriet Hageman, a challenger to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, is one of the headlining speakers at the event. 

Also speaking at the event will be Marti Halverson, a former state legislator who was one of the three finalists chosen by the State GOP to be appointed state superintendent of public instruction in January. Halverson was not chosen by Gov. Mark Gordon for the role and is not running for the position this fall.

“Of course I’m excited,” Halverson said of being given the opportunity to speak.

Another opening speaker will be David Iverson, host of the Cowboy State Politics podcast. Iverson, a self-described “illustrious host,” said on his show he’ll be making a big announcement during his speech.

On Wednesday afternoon Casper Police put out an event schedule saying that speakers will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday with Trump taking the stage in the parking lot of the Ford Wyoming Center at 4 p.m.

An event map reveals there will be a “45 Fest” on the event grounds. Such events have been associated with Trump rallies in the past. 

Parking for the event will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, but doors for attendees won’t open until 11 a.m.

A long list of items are prohibited from the rally, including alcohol, drones, firearms, laser pointers and umbrellas.

The State GOP is hosting a private fundraiser for the party on Friday night before the rally. The party will be hosting a $20 per-person screening of “2000 Mules” at the Rialto Theater. 

The documentary alleges that Democrat-aligned “mules” were paid by unnamed nonprofit organizations to illegally collect and deposit ballots into drop boxes in all of the states where Trump contested election results from the 2020 presidential election.

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Wyoming Law Enforcement Agencies Preparing For Massive Trump Rally

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Law enforcement agencies are planning for substantial staffing increases in Casper this weekend as Saturday’s outdoor rally featuring former President Donald Trump is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees. 

Rebekah Ladd, public information officer for the Casper Police Department, said her department has been coordinating with state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office to provide coverage for the event.

Ladd said her department plans to have double the number of staff working that it typically would on a Saturday afternoon and evening, in addition to a number of staff ready on-call. 

All other security at the event will be provided by Event Strategies Inc., the event management company organizing the “Save America Rally,” she said.

Ladd would not comment as to how many Casper Police Department staff will be working the rally itself due to safety concerns and did not have a number for how much the additional payroll cost will be to the department. 

She said a standard number of officers will be patrolling the streets of Casper outside the event.

“We’re preparing for an influx of visitors to our town with an appropriate staffing level,” she said.

Lt. P.J. Cross said Wyoming Highway Patrol will have all seven members of its Casper division staff on duty Saturday afternoon and evening during the rally, as well as members from other jurisdictions available on call. 

On Monday night, his staff was still putting together travel mitigation and closure plans for the area surrounding the Ford Wyoming Center, the venue for Trump’s appearance.

Since the event is taking place within the City of Casper, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office will not have any additional deputies on-staff, but it will provide two members of its Emergency Management System team to the rally and will have “numerous” EMS members on call, said Kiera Grogan, public information officer at the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office. 

Grogan said the department is planning for “the biggest of the big emergencies.”

Because entry to the event is free, Cross said it is very difficult to predict how many people will actually turn out. 

“He’s (Trump) been to more rural places than here and had more people than that so we really have no idea what to expect,” said Cross.

The rally will start at 4 p.m. but Trump is not scheduled to take the lectern until 7 p.m. 

Cross said the Highway Patrol will close eastbound travel on Events Drive from the Interstate 25 South onramp to the Ford Center around 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to alleviate potential clogging issues after Trump stops talking.

“We just want to keep it flowing,” Cross said.

Cross said there will be other traffic mitigation steps implemented and announced Tuesday morning.

It will be a busy weekend all around in Casper, with all three high local schools hosting their graduation ceremonies at the Ford Center on Thursday and Friday. Ladd advised residents to expect longer-than-typical traffic delays.

“These are very big events in Casper,” Ladd said. “A lot of people come out for the graduation ceremonies. We expect a very busy town.”

The state track meet was held in Casper last weekend, and Ladd said the summer tourist season is in full swing, a milestone she judges by how filled up the city’s RV and trailer campgrounds are. Grogan, likewise, said there are very few hotel and motel vacancies.

“It’s an interesting conundrum to have,” Ladd said.

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Wyoming Trump Rally Expected To Draw 20,000

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A political rally featuring former President Donald Trump and congressional candidate Harriet Hageman is expected to draw up to 20,000 people to the parking lot outside of Casper’s Ford Center.

Brad Murphy, general manager for the Ford Center, told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that the facility is planning for a crowd of up to 20,000 for the May 28 “Save America Rally.”

“It’s huge, it will bring a lot of people into our town,” Murphy said. “It’s great for Casper and Wyoming.”

Murphy said the Save America PAC is footing the bill for the event. He wouldn’t disclose how much the political action committee is paying to rent the space, but said it is paying the full rate. 

According to a 2018 rental rate sheet for the facility, renting the entire venue for one day costs $3,500. Another fee of $1,500 per day is listed for moving equipment into or out of the facility.

He added the Ford Center was contacted about hosting the Trump event more than a year ago. 

Hageman, who has won Trump’s endorsement in her GOP primary race against Cheney, didn’t announced her candidacy until September.

Murphy said Event Strategies Inc. an Alexandria, Virginia, based company, is managing the event and will provide all necessary staffing. 

Event Strategies produced Trump’s campaign announcement tour in 2015 and helped set up operational standards for the campaign, according to the ESI website. Company founder Tim Unes was deputy director of advance for the Trump campaign and assisted former Vice President Mike Pence with a campaign as well.

 The Save America PAC was created by Trump immediately following the 2020 election. In January 2021, it commissioned a poll on U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney‘s popularity in Wyoming after she voted to impeach Trump for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021.

As of Feb. 28, the Save America PAC had raised $92 million during the 2021-2022 election cycle.

Murphy said he doubted the rally would set a record for attendance at the facility, because sitting presidents and former Vice President Dick Cheney have also held rallies at the building, which is the biggest multi-purpose venue in the state.

Murphy said it’s safe to say he won’t be sleeping much in the lead up to the rally. The facility will be hosting graduation ceremonies for Casper’s three high schools on May 26 and May 27. In all, he said the facility could see more than 30,000 visitors over the three days.

“It will be busy but that’s what we do,” Murphy said.

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Trump Schedules ‘Save America’ Rally At Casper’s Ford Center On May 28

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Former President Donald Trump will stage a “Save America” rally at Casper’s Ford Center in late May, he has announced.

A listing on Trump’s website said he would appear at the Ford Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Wyoming Republican Party officials have spoken about a Trump appearance in Wyoming since December, although the details have been slow to emerge. The time and exact venue were announced Monday by the former president.

Trump has endorsed the campaign of Republican Harriet Hageman in her GOP primary race against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

“It will be a tremendous honor and incredibly exciting to have President Trump visit with us and it will no doubt be the largest political event in Wyoming history,” Hageman said in a prepared statement. “I am grateful for President Trump’s support in my campaign and I look forward to seeing him in Casper.”

Dr. Joe McGinley, a former Natrona County GOP chair said Trump’s visit will be good for the Casper economy but he has no intention of attending the rally.

“I support Rep. Cheney,” McGinley told Cowboy State Daily. “She’s done a good job so I will not be attending a rally to promote Harriet Hageman.”

Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne, one of the few elected officials in Wyoming to outwardly support Cheney said Trump’s decision to come to Wyoming speaks of “desperation.”

“It’s clear that Harriet is in trouble with her campaign if they’re calling in former President Trump,” Brown said. “It’s even more telling that they know Liz will win because Trump didn’t win this state in 2016 – he lost to Ted Cruz and never visited here before.”

“Trump has nothing in common with Wyoming citizens- he’s a Manhattan penthouse billionaire whose made his money off of the working class while Wyoming’s working class has built their own lives from the ground up,” he said.

Trump has often criticized Cheney for her vote to impeach him following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 

She also holds a seat on the U.S. House committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the riot.

Before voting for Trump’s impeachment, Cheney agreed with the former president’s policies in about 90% of her votes.

Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Hageman’s campaign, said the announcement of the rally’s date, time and venue was left to the former president.

“We didn’t announce it, President Trump did in the release from today,” Murtaugh said. “Also, no date is final until it’s announced by President Trump.”

According to an event listing on Trump’s website, people wishing to get tickets for the event may register by cell phone. Only two tickets will be given per cell phone.

Doors for the event are scheduled to open at 11 a.m. and the rally is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The Ford Center typically holds 8,000 people but seats up to 9,700 for concerts and meetings. It encompasses 28,000 square feet and was built in 1982. Some of the more notable events to be held there were the annual College Nationals Rodeo, UFC 6 in 1995, and Black Sabbath in 1982.

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Barrasso Thinks Trump Will Get Twitter Account Back

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With Twitter being purchased by billionaire Elon Musk this week, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump will likely have his account reinstated.

On Monday, it was announced Musk, who also is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, would purchase the social media giant for $44 billion.

Although Trump was banned from Twitter more than a year ago in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot, Barrasso said he believes Musk will allow for more open conversation as the new owner.

“Twitter has a history of unfairly censoring conservatives,” Barrasso said. “I expect Elon Musk will open the marketplace of ideas to more inclusive points of view, including President Trump’s.”

However, even if his account is reinstated, Trump has said he will not go back to the platform. Since his removal from Twitter, Trump has used a variety of other platforms to get his messages across, using his website in recent months.

“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth,” Trump told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth.”

Truth Social is a startup social media platform that has seen a turbulent time since its launch earlier this year.

Trump’s Twitter account was suspended days after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and the company said its actions stemmed from concerns the account could be used to incite violence.

Trump was also banned from Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat after the Twitter removal, with all of the companies pointing to his alleged role in inciting the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Trump had more than 100 million followers on Twitter before his account was banned and he was known as a prolific user of the platform.

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis this week welcomed Musk’s buyout of the social media company.

“Social media is long overdue for some change,” Lummis said Monday. “Elon Musk has floated a number of ideas, and I’m interested in seeing how those changes impact the dialogue on social media and the protection of user privacy.”

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Wyoming GOP Announces Trump To Visit The State Soon

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Details are being finalized for a visit to Wyoming by former President Donald Trump, the Wyoming Republican Party announced Monday.

In a fundraising email sent Monday, state Republican Party chairman Frank Eathorne said Trump had committed to visiting Wyoming “in the next few months.”

“The President’s arrival comes at a time when more than ever, Republican members must be united,” Eathorne said in the email. “Selfish swampy insiders are trying to divide Wyoming Republicans and get us to abandon our conservative values.”

Wyoming Republican Party chairwoman Kathy Russell confirmed that Trump would be visiting, but said exact details on where or when the former president would appear were not yet availailable.

“Details are being firmed up but we will get word out as soon as possible,” she said.

Trump has endorsed congressional candidate Harriet Hageman in her campaign against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the Republican primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat. He has also been vocal about his dislike for Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump last year following the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Prior to her impeachment vote, Cheney voted with Trump on more than 90% of the issues facing Congress.

Trump has also expressed interest in the workings of the Wyoming Legislature during this legislative session, putting his support behind a bill that would prevent voters from changing their political party affiliation in an effort to change the outcome of primary elections.

“This critically important bill ensures that the voters in each party will separately choose their nominees for the General Election, which is how it should be! It makes total sense that only Democrats vote in the Democrat primary and only Republicans vote in the Republican primary,” he said. “This bill has my Complete and Total Endorsement and Support. Every Member of the Wyoming Senate should vote for SF0097. Thank you!”

Trump has floated the possibility of running for president again in time for the 2024 presidential election, but has not officially declared his intent.

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Wyoming Senate Introduces Bill That Stops Party Changes, Trump Endorses

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The Wyoming Senate on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at keeping voters from changing voter affiliation to affect the outcome of a primary election.

Senate File 97 was introduced Thursday and referred to the the Senate Corporations Committee. The majority of the Senate, 20 senators, voted to introduce the bill.

Current Wyoming law allows voters to change their party affiliations as late as the day of a primary or general election.

If SF97 is signed into law, it would specify that people wishing to change party affiliation would have to do so about three months prior to a primary election or between the primary and general elections.

“It’s another election integrity bill aimed at restoring integrity to the primary election process,” sponsor Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, said during his testimony in support of the bill. “I think it’s important that people feel confident that their vote is not going to get canceled out.”

Former President Donald Trump endorsed the bill on Thursday, praising Biteman as a patriot for co-sponsoring it.

“The Wyoming State Senate is considering SF0097, introduced by Patriot Senator Bo Biteman, to protect the integrity of Wyoming primary elections,” Trump said.

“This critically important bill ensures that the voters in each party will separately choose their nominees for the General Election, which is how it should be! It makes total sense that only Democrats vote in the Democrat primary and only Republicans vote in the Republican primary,” he said. “This bill has my Complete and Total Endorsement and Support. Every Member of the Wyoming Senate should vote for SF0097. Thank you!”

While Biteman did not return Cowboy State Daily’s request for more information about the bill on Wednesday, he did say in a statement that the practice of “crossover voting” had been going on for too long in Wyoming.

“It is not fair, it is not right, and it is harming the integrity of our party nomination process,” Biteman said Wednesday.

“This bill will go a long way toward ending this up to now legal, but unethical behavior, and restore confidence in our party nominating process. Party switching cancels out the vote of actual party members by those who wish to game the system and influence the outcome of their competing party’s nominating election.” 

The bill would immediately go into effect after being signed into law, which could mean that the numbers for the August primary election are affected.

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Trump On Fallen Wyoming Marine: “Rylee Will Never Be Forgotten”

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Former President Donald Trump addressed the mother of a recently killed Marine from Wyoming, saying the young man will never be forgotten.

Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was one of 13 soldiers killed last month in Afghanistan.

His mother, Kathy McCollum, recently sent a message to Trump, saying that he should again run for president and that President Joe Biden was a “corrupt pseudo president.”

“Thank you, Kathy. America feels your loss and fully understands your pain. Rylee will never be forgotten,” Trump said in a message back to Kathy McCollum, which was posted on his website.

Kathy McCollum also called her son a sacrificial lamb and noted that Trump would never have allowed the Taliban to retake control of Afghanistan. Biden pulled out the military at the end of August after 20 years of war in the country.

“I can’t live with knowing my son’s life was taken for nothing,” Kathy McCollum said. “So Biden could repay his debt to China. They will now have full control of Afghanistan and my son will be a sacrificial lamb. My son was murdered for Biden optics. I will become more vocal soon. Grieving and not sure I can control my mouth.

But watched Biden disrespect my son while I was standing across from him and he was checking his watch, and then Pelosi denying my son recognition and turning her back. Just as she tore up Donald’s speech. We cannot give up our country. So even if no one gets back with me. I will always fight for the Trump administration just as my son did.”

Rylee McCollum’s wife is due to give birth with their first, and only, child soon.

The Marine’s father refused to meet with Biden after the soldier was killed and brought back to the United States.

“I had no desire to meet with the president,” Jim McCollum said.  “Everything he’s done [with the withdrawal from Afghanistan], every step along the way has been absolutely backwards.”

“A high school kid could make better decisions than they’ve made in this,” he said.

Originally it was reported that only the late Marine’s wife had stayed in the room to meet with Biden but McCollum’s sister, Cheyenne McCollum, also stuck around briefly.

“I chose to stay with my brother’s wife,” Cheyenne said. “She wanted the chance to look him in the eye and see if it was going to be a sincere conversation or apology. And I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology and I had to walk out.”

She said Biden wouldn’t at look her or at McCollum’s wife in the eye. Instead, she said, he looked down and showed no sympathy.

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Cheney Fires Back At Trump’s Claims Election Was Stolen (Again)

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and former President Donald Trump are once again trading barbed words about Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that he was the rightful winner.

In a statement Monday morning, Trump claimed that the election would henceforth be known as “the BIG LIE.” Cheney has shot down these claims multiple times from the former president, but again took to social media to repeat her thoughts.

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she wrote on Twitter Monday.

While speaking at a conference in Georgia on Monday, Cheney expanded on her comments about the former president, according to CNN.

“We can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy,” she said. “We can’t whitewash what happened on Jan. 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on Jan. 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”

Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him was part of the reason Cheney ultimately voted to impeach him earlier this year following the riot at the U.S. Capitol. She was only one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump.

The attack occurred as Congress was confirming the Electoral College results, which certified Joe Biden as the president-elect. Five people were killed during the riot.

Cheney received much criticism from Wyoming Republicans as a result of her impeachment vote, which also prompted two Wyoming state legislators to run against her for the congressional seat.

The U.S. House Republican conference even voted in February to decide whether or not Cheney would keep her seat as conference chair, which she ultimately did.

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Trump, Jr.-Backed Wyo Election Runoff Bill Passes Committee; Moves to Senate

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A high-profile bill that creates Wyoming’s first runoff election system for the state’s primaries moved through the Senate Corporations Committee on Thursday morning.

By a 4-1 vote, the committee advanced SF145, which would call for a runoff election if no candidate wins a majority of votes in a primary.

Unique about this bill is the giant megaphone behind it. Earlier this week, Former President Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., let his 6.7 million Twitter followers know that any Wyoming legislator who doesn’t support this legislation is “turning their back on my father and the entire America First movement.”

When Trump tweeted his message, he listed the names and email addresses of the committee’s members. He also made it clear that his support of the legislation had everything to do with getting Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney defeated.

“Support SF145 and lets send Lincoln Project Liz into retirement in 2022!” he said.

Trump was not mentioned during the proceedings Thursday morning.

But bill co-sponsor Sen. Tim Salazar, R-Riverton, did say he was a longtime believer in the runoff system and the bill not proposed to target anyone in particular.

“I’m not on this bill to target any particular individual or race,” Salazar told the committee. “It’s the policy of how we run elections here in Wyoming is is what I’m concerned about.” 

Proponents of the legislation testifying in front of the committee said the runoff election system is an improvement over the existing system as it would increase voter turnout, ensure that the elected individual had the support of a majority of voters and improve the quality of debates.

“If we had two candidates, then you could have real debates, instead of a beauty pageant, where you get a dozen people to come up and speak for 15 seconds, you’d actually be able to hear both candidates on the policy issues in a debate on NPR and elsewhere, and you could really do a deep dive with them,” said Darin Smith, a 2016 candidate for Congress.

Detractors on the other hand, said a change to the current system isn’t necessary, while others said there is not enough time before the next election cycle to get the change in place. Others said the costs associated with the change would be prohibitive.

Jim Willox, former head of the Wyoming Republican Party, called the bill a “solution in search of a problem.”

“This bill is based on a false premise,” he said. “And that’s that our election system is broken. I don’t believe our election system is broken. I’ll be honest, nobody has come to me and said it doesn’t work.”

In fact, runoff elections have the potential to backfire, he said, speculating that if it weren’t for runoff elections, Republicans would still hold the majority in the U.S. Senate.

“Think about this, if we didn’t have a runoff in Georgia, the Republicans would control the United States Senate right now and think how much different that would be for Wyoming right now,” he said.

Willox also said that the impact of a runoff election — which would add a third election to one campaign season — would limit the ability of candidates with less money to get involved.

“You’re narrowing the field of candidates that those that are wealthy or that can raise enough money because a special election, as we have seen in other places is extremely expensive,” he said.

Willox was joined in his opposition by Bill Novotny, speaking on behalf of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association.

Novotony said his organization does not take a position on any legislation unless 70% of its members agree to support or oppose it. SF145 was something, he said, Wyoming’s commissioners agree on.

“This would be an unfunded mandate on the counties,” Novotny said. “Unless the Legislature is prepared to appropriate the funds necessary to conduct a third election, we are not in a position to take on any additional liabilities.”

To that end, the committee amended the bill to allocate $1.5 million to help pay for costs associated with a runoff election.

Both costs and time were sticking points for the Wyoming County Clerks Association.

Mary Lankford, speaking on behalf of the 23 county clerks, said the estimated cost of a runoff election would be at least $1.1 million.

In addition, she said, there is no time to implement a runoff system by 2022.

“The county clerks are unable to develop a timetable to accommodate the requirements of this bill,” she said. “The County Clerks Association believes that time equals integrity, and would be happy to continue this conversation and participate in an interim study to produce the comprehensive changes required to administer runoff election.”

Hearing concerns over the time it would take to implement a runoff election, Sen. Brian Boner, R-Douglas, a co-sponsor, suggested moving the implementation date until January, 2023.

This amendment, which was unanimously supported by the committee, means that Cheney’s next race would not be affected by the legislation if passed by the full Legislature.

Cassie Craven, representing the Wyoming Liberty Group, said she believed more people would become involved in the process with the addition of a runoff.

“I think you’re going to see a lot more voter turnout under a system like this, people are going to be excited, they’re going to be more involved, they’re going to feel like the party is more unified,” Craven said.

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Lincoln County GOP Urges Lummis, Barrasso to Oppose Impeachment Trial

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The Lincoln County Republican Party is urging U.S. Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso to oppose former President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial.

Lincoln County GOP Chairman Michael Lundgren shared a resolution approved by the party over the weekend, asking Barrasso and Lummis to oppose the Senate trial, calling the impeachment a “travesty.”

“The impeachment of President Donald J. Trump in the House was a travesty without giving President Trump due process,” the resolution said. “Holding a Senate trial would tend to legitimize this impeachment travesty and set a dangerous Constitutional precedent.”

The resolution also said that impeachment is only pertinent for a sitting president, not a former president like Trump.

A number of congressional representatives, including U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, voted to impeach Trump following a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month. The articles of impeachment approved by the House have been sent to the Senate, where that body’s Democrat leaders have vowed Trump will be tried on the allegations he incited a riot and invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

The riot was in response to congressional leaders voting to certify the presidential election results, which confirmed President Joe Biden as the winner.

Barrasso hasn’t said publicly whether he will vote to impeach the president and has been largely out of the public eye over the last month, having last appeared on television on Dec. 20.

Last week, he broke his silence to condemn some of the first moves made by Biden, such as stopping construction of the Keystone pipeline.

Lummis also hasn’t said whether or not she will impeach the president, but as she even questioned some of the votes cast in the presidential election, it is likely she will oppose the trial or won’t vote for impeachment.

Cheney voted for the impeachment to “protect the Constitution.”

“All of us have an obligation to the Constitution and obligation to do what what we believe is right, what our oath compels us to do that that is above politics and above partisanship,” Cheney said on Fox News last week.

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Wyoming Gun Owners Criticize Cheney, Barrasso Over Trump Impeachment

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The Wyoming Gun Owners Association has joined the chorus of organizations criticizing U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote this week to impeach President Donald Trump this week.

“Its (sic) a statewide embarrassment that our only voice in the House of Representatives, Liberal Liz, is included in this list of hyper moderates! What a joke….” the group wrote on its social media account this week, linking to a story from the New York Times that had a list of Congressional Republicans voting to impeach the president.

Cheney voted this week to impeach Trump on allegations that he incited a mob in Washington, D.C., to storm the Capitol. She has repeatedly said that her decision to impeach the president came from her conscience, not her political beliefs.

“There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

WYGO is also criticizing U.S. Sen. Barrasso, posting on its Facebook page a screenshot from Twitter that included a list of Republican senators leaning toward convicting Trump. The list included Barrasso and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In the screenshot, someone has circled Barrasso’s name and added the acronym “WTH,” which means “What the hell.”

“Who does John Barrasso think he works for??? Has [sic] you or any other gun owners that you know of asked John to vote with Chuck Schumer and the hard left, to impeach President Trump??” WYGO wrote in the post.

It should be noted that Barrasso hasn’t publicly said whether or not he will help impeach Trump during a Senate trial.

WYGO has been known for attacking politicians and political candidates its members deem “RINOs,” or “Republicans in name only,” including making denigrating comments about former Wyoming legislators Michael von Flatern and Tyler Lindholm following their defeats in the primary election in August.

The organization is a conservative lobbying group headed by Aaron Dorr.

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Cheney Blames Trump For Mob Attack on Capitol

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney specifically blamed President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left four people dead and scores more arrested.

Cheney spoke with Fox News via phone on Wednesday evening before Congress reconvened to confirm former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory in November’s presidential election, solidifying Trump’s defeat.

“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty,” Cheney said. “There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

The representative was referring to Trump’s comments during a rally held shortly before Congress was to discuss certification of the Electoral College’s vote. During that rally, Trump told the crowd he would “never concede” the election to Biden and attacked Cheney and other “weak Congresspeople.”

Trump posted a video message Wednesday after the storming of the Capitol where he thanked protesters for their support, but asked them to go home. He also continued to claim throughout the day that the election had been rigged and stolen from him.

Cheney criticized Trump’s comments as inciting the protest at the Capitol, and took him to task for what she called his fairly weak call for protestors to leave the building and grounds.

“The president is abusing the trust of the American people and abusing the trust of the people who supported him,” she said. “We’ve never in our 245-year history had a president refuse to concede and leave office after the Electoral College had voted. There are serious questions about the President’s involvement and responsibility for what happened here today at the Capitol, and it cannot be tolerated.” 

Cheney has in recent weeks taken several positions against Trump, including when she confirmed she would not contest the Electoral College votes that showed he lost the election.

This is in stark contrast to newly-elected U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, who has continued to praise the president into the new year. Lummis did contest some of the Electoral College votes during the Congressional session on Wednesday, but Biden was still confirmed as president-elect.

“This is what America is not,” Cheney said. “The mob will not prevail. What happened today can never happen in the United States, and the President needs to take responsibility for it.”

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Trump Attacks Cheney, “Weak Congresspeople” During Wednesday Rally

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President Donald Trump singled out U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for scathing criticism during a rally appearance on Wednesday morning.

“The Liz Cheneys of the world. We have to get rid of them,” Trump said during his speech.

In recent days, Cheney has advised fellow Republican not to object to the outcome of the Electoral College vote that gave victory in November’s presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.

The comments by Trump came during a rally that took place just hours before many of his supporters stormed the steps of the U.S. Capitol building, forcing evacuation of the building by the legislators inside. Members of Congress were preparing to decide on the certification of the Electoral College’s vote at the time.

During the rally, Trump also told his supporters to get rid of the “weak Congresspeople,” referring to those who didn’t agree with his belief that the presidential election was rigged or that Biden didn’t win fairly.

Trump also claimed that “big tech” rigged the election in Biden’s favor.

“We will never give up, we will never concede,” the president said during the rally. “It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

These comments come days after Cheney confirmed that she would vote to certify Biden’s win and also calling Trump’s recent phone call with the Georgia Secretary of State “disturbing.”

“Congress has an important role to play in supporting states as they address election fraud,” she previously said. “Congress does not, however, have the authority to overturn state presidential election results by refusing to count electors and thereby substituting our views for the votes of the people in the states. Doing so would be establishing a tyranny of Congress and stealing power from the states and the people in those states.”

Cheney’s position on certification of the Electoral College vote was shared by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, who said he would vote in favor of certification during the joint session of Congress held Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, however, joined 10 other Senate Republicans in saying she would object to to the Electoral College results until an audit of elections in states where Trump has suggested voter fraud occurred can be completed.

Lummis’ statements on the Electoral College vote won thanks from Trump during the rally.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso confirmed Wednesday morning that he would also certify the Electoral College’s vote.

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Trump Named Most Admired Man Of 2020, Lummis Not Surprised

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President Donald Trump is 2020’s most admired man according to a recent Gallup poll, and U.S. Sen.-elect Cynthia Lummis is not at all surprised about this.

“No surprise to anyone in Wyoming,” Lummis wrote in a tweet on Tuesday responding to an article about the poll from the New York Post.

Trump narrowly beat out former President Barack Obama as the most admired man for this year, breaking the previous president’s 12-year streak as the country’s most admired man.

Overall, 18% of Americans named Trump, 15% named Obama, 6% named President-elect Joe Biden and 3% named Dr. Anthony Fauci as the most admired men.

The remaining top 10 men include Pope Francis, businessman Elon Musk, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, basketball player LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.

Lummis has always been fairly vocal about her support for Trump, noting that he should wait to concede to President-elect Joe Biden following until the Electoral College confirmed the results of November’s election.

She thanked him in a tweet on Dec. 26 “for putting judges and justices who respect the US Constitution and the rule of law on the bench.”

Lummis retweeted First Lady Melania Trump’s post on Christmas Eve about tracking Santa Claus’ trip to deliver presents.

According to Gallup, in the 74 times since 1946 the polling company has asked the open-ended question about who those surveyed admire the most, the incumbent president has topped the list 60 times.

Harry Truman (1946-1947 and 1950-1952), Lyndon Johnson (1967-1968), Richard Nixon (1973), Gerald Ford (1974-1975), Jimmy Carter (1980), George W. Bush (2008) and Trump (2017-2018) are the incumbent presidents who did not finish first in past years.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was considered the country’s most admired woman for the third year in a row. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris came in second place.

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Two Republicans; Two Different Opinions on Trump Election Results

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

One Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives and one incoming Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives expressed two very different opinions about what is happening with the presidential election results.

Rep. Landon Brown of Cheyenne chastised President Donald Trump’s attempts to challenge election results in various key states, such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.

“It’s time to stop the show,” he wrote on Twitter. “Either we have evidence of fraud so widespread and convincing that it changed the election results or not.”

Brown called on Trump’s legal team to either prove the claims of election fraud or to accept that he lost to former Vice President Joe Biden.

He then shared the tweet to his Facebook page, elaborating on his message.

“It’s not healthy for America to not have a successful transfer of power. I had my doubts as well, but I’m starting to grow weary of these claims without evidence,” he wrote.

However, Rep.-Elect Chip Neiman (Sundance) didn’t agree with his future colleague, chastising comments from Wyoming officials such as U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who echoed Brown’s sentiments, albeit on a much larger stage.

“Wyoming’s overwhelming support of President Trump must be reflected by our congressional delegation,” he wrote. “Thank God President Trump is fighting for free and fair elections.”

“With all we have seen and been through now is not the time to just accept and get on with business,” he said. “Even the early information that our votes could potentially be manipulated by foreign companies as we out source our counting of votes, is mind boggling. It sounds as though it has been going on for some time.”

He said that Trump needed the delegation’s full support, not hesitation.

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Cheney to Trump: Either Prove Fraud Or Accept Results

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Never shy about saying what she means, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is one of the few but growing number of Republicans to tell President Trump it’s time to put up or shut up.

Cheney, in a statement on Friday, told the president that claims of election fraud must be backed by evidence rather than just allegations.

“America is governed by the rule of law. The President and his lawyers have made claims of criminality and widespread fraud, which they allege could impact election results,” Cheney said. “If they have genuine evidence of this, they are obligated to present it immediately in court and to the American people.”

“If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process,” she said.

The president fired back Friday evening saying that he wouldn’t accept the results of the election claiming that there were enough fraudulent votes cast to “easily flip the election.”

“You’re just unhappy that I’m bringing the troops back home where they belong!” Trump said.

Longtime Trump ally Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, echoed Cheney’s remarks on Sunday.

“Listen, I have been a supporter of the president,” Christie said on ABC.  “I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.”

In calling Trump’s legal team a “national embarrassment,” Christie said it was time to present the evidence of fraud.

“If you are unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist,” he said. “The country is what has to matter the most. As much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party, it’s the country that has to come first.”

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, meanwhile, refused to cede ground stating that the president has every right to challenge the results of the election stating that “the American people have a right to feel confident in the election process.”

“The president has every right to use all the appeals and recounts and legal measures he’s using,” Barrasso said on FOX News. The election is much closer than people though.”

“Ultimately if there is genuine proof and evidence of things that have happened that would change the outcome then it is time to look at that evidence now,” he said.

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Lummis: Trump Shouldn’t Concede Election Yet

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Senator-Elect Cynthia Lummis has become the second of Wyoming’s top elected officials to speak out regarding last week’s presidential election, saying President Donald Trump shouldn’t concede the election yet.

During an appearance on “GMA3: What You Need to Know” on Friday, Lummis told host Sara Haines that canvassing board results were still trickling in, giving the president hope that he could still win the election against former vice president Joe Biden.

“This is a very important exercise in our nation,” she said. “We have to be confident in the integrity, the security and the validation of our voting system.”

The newly-elected senator applauded Trump for raising issues about voter fraud and the integrity of the system, saying those calls should be fully vetted. This, she said, would allow for the voting system to improve for further elections.

Lummis retweeted the 60-second clip on Friday, reiterating her comments.

“Ensuring election integrity is core to our democratic republic. Let’s get it right and protect the vote,” she wrote.

Gov. Mark Gordon spoke out about the election this week as well, saying he wouldn’t congratulate Biden or Trump until the Electoral College officially announced the winner.

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Gordon Won’t Congratulate Biden, Trump Until Winner Officially Announced

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Gov. Mark Gordon has become the first of Wyoming’s top elected officials to speak out regarding last week’s presidential election, but he didn’t offer any congratulations.

Instead, Gordon stated he wouldn’t congratulate either former Vice President Joe Biden or President Donald Trump until the Electoral College officially declared one of them the winner.

“Americans always want to be confident that their vote was counted and that the voting process was correct, accurate and conducted with care,” Gordon said in a tweet on Wednesday evening. “Our country should ensure every legal vote is counted properly. When a result is confirmed congratulations for the winner will be in order.”

Gordon congratulated both U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Senator-Elect Cynthia Lummis on their respective wins about 45 minutes after the polls closed on Nov. 3.

Neither Cheney nor Lummis have spoken about the election publicly. Nor have outgoing U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi or U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, who was recently re-elected as Senate Republican Conference chairman.

The Associated Press and other media outlets have called the election for Biden, but results won’t be official until either mid-December or early January. The AP has called every election since 1848, when President Zachary Taylor was elected.

However, it is the Electoral College that officially decides who will be president. Each state chooses electors, a number based on the size of each state’s population and how many representatives and senators it has in Congress (Wyoming has three total).

Those electors, who are sworn to vote for the candidate who received the most votes in the state, won’t vote until Dec. 14. The Senate president and an archivist will receive certificates recording the electoral vote, which must be in by Dec. 23.

The results of each state’s electoral votes are then sent to Congress, which will meet in a joint session on Jan. 6 to announce the results.

While media outlets have called the election for Biden, it is possible for outlets to be wrong, as seen in the 2000 election, when many news outlets declared former Vice President Al Gore the winner in his presidential race against George W. Bush.

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Who Is The U.W. Grad That President Trump Naturalized on Tuesday Night?

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

If you were watching the naturalization ceremony at the White House during the Republican convention on Tuesday night, you might have taken note that President Trump mentioned that one of the new citizens went to the University of Wyoming.

That led us to wonder: who is she?

We contacted the University and they told us that Neimat Awadelseid, of the Sudan, graduated from the university with a Ph.D. in animal science in 1995. Awadelseid now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Awadelseid was one of three women and two men to take the oath of citizenship in a ceremony presided over by Trump at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.

Once they were done, the president welcomed all five of the new citizens to the “greatest country on the face of God’s Earth.” He also told them how much he and the other officials appreciated having them there.

“It is an honor for me to be your president, thank you very much,” he told the group.

Awadelseid has been a permanent U.S. citizen since 2012, according to Trump, who also complimented her “beautiful” name. She is married with three children.

She is also a trained veterinarian and has worked as a substitute teacher in Alexandria, Virginia, since 2004.

The president also complimented Wyoming when reading off Awadelseid’s achievements.

“Great place, great state,” he said.

To watch the part of the ceremony where Awadelseid is featured, fast-forward to 6:30.

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President Trump Endorses Cynthia Lummis

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As if former Wyoming Congressman Cynthia Lummis didn’t have enough conservative endorsements for her U.S. Senate campaign, she received the biggest one on Thursday with President Donald Trump giving her his thumbs up.

“Cynthia Lummis is a friend of mine and a great woman. She is running for Senate in the very Special State of Wyoming. Cynthia is Strongly for our Military, our Vets, and protection of the Second Amendment…” President Trump tweeted. “She will be a great Senator, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!

Lummis, who has already received endorsements from a whos-who list of conservative superstars and conservative organizations, was thankful of the endorsement.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of President Trump,” Lummis said. “Right now, it is more important than ever that we follow President Trump’s lead and put America First!”

“In the U.S. Senate, I’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Trump to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States from overseas and get our economy back on track,” she said.

“With support from the people of Wyoming, I look forward to working with President Trump to launch the Great American Comeback,” Lummis said.

Lummis, who served for eight years as Wyoming’s sole representative in Congress from 2008-2016, is running to fill the seat being left vacant by Senator Mike Enzi.

Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lummis spent eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer and 14 years as a member of the Wyoming State House and Senate.

Lummis has also been endorsed by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Kevin Cramer, Cory Gardner, Steve Daines, Tom Cotton, Tim Scott and Bill Cassidy, among others.

She’s also received support from conservative champion Foster Friess, Congressman Jim Jordan, the National Rifle Association, Club for Growth, Senate Conservative Fund, and FreedomWorks for America. A list of endorsements can be found here.

Wyoming’s primary election will be held this Tuesday, August 18.

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Wyoming Officials Request Early Presidential Debate In Wyoming

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Three of Wyoming’s top elected officials are recommending that Wyoming host an early presidential debate.

Gov. Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Treasurer Curt Meier, in a joint letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, suggested a debate be held in early September in Wyoming.

The letter said given the disruptions to this year’s election season, a debate should be held before the first one is now scheduled to be held on Sept. 29.

“We must give voters a fair chance in an already unprecedented election, and I ask that you consider adding an additional, earlier debate in Wyoming this September,” the letter said. “This monumental election will determine the very future of our nation. The least we can do is equip voters with the facts necessary to aid them in electing the next president of the United States.”

The letter did not specify why Wyoming would be a good site for a presidential debate, but it did note that Wyoming’s early voting period will begin 11 days before the Sept. 29 debate.

“Wyomingites who vote early deserve the same opportunity afforded to other states to hear the two competing visions for our country and make a well-informed decision when casting their vote at the ballot box — especially when one candidate has spent the duration of the campaign avoiding voters and questions from the press,” it said.

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Jonathan Lange: Trump Executive Order Supports Free Speech In USA

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By Jonathan Lange, guest column

“Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.  Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.” These are the opening words of Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, signed be President Trump on May 28, 2020. 

The Associated Press used this as another opportunity to gaslight the American people. They characterized the order as “challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.”

Actually, the lawsuit protections written into the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA) were originally written “to restrict free speech on the internet,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If the AP mischaracterizes the Executive Order so badly, we should set the record straight.

In 1996, the Internet was still in its infancy. Netscape was the browser of choice and the fastest dial-up modems were operating at a whopping 33.6 kilobytes per second. Geocities.com and AOL.com were among the first service providers to let a web user build his own home page. Others soon followed. These interactive computer services became the precursors of today’s social media.


Unlike a newspaper, where every word and picture had to be specifically approved by the editor, this budding technology allowed content to be published without the oversight of a general editor. This was a revolution in the free flow of information. It was also an opening for more sinister pursuits.

Disgusting, indecent and obscene words and pictures could be uploaded just as easily as family photos and decent content. The unfettered use of user-generated content threatened to poison the Internet and drive away anyone who did not want to be assaulted by obscenities and lewd conduct. Unless something was done, its power would be unusable for decent citizens.

As a powerful new tool for the social good, it was in the interest of the government to protect the Internet from antisocial behavior. But the owners of interactive computer services ran into a legal conundrum.

If they deleted even one obscene photo, they were no longer the operators of public bulletin boards, but made themselves editors. As such, they would be legally and financially responsible for all the content available on the platform. 

What to do? Unless free speech was fettered to keep obscenities from turning the Internet into a sewer, it would not be available to anyone. But if user-generated pages were placed under the same libel laws as traditional newspapers, those pages could be sued out of existence. Again, the Internet would not be available to anyone.

Section 230 of the CDA was written to address this problem. Its explicit intent is “(4) to remove disincentives for the development and utilization of blocking and filtering technologies that empower parents to restrict their children’s access to objectionable or inappropriate online material; and (5) to ensure vigorous enforcement of federal criminal laws to deter and punish trafficking in obscenity, stalking, and harassment by means of computer.”

Under paragraph (c) titled, “Protection for ‘Good Samaritan’ blocking and screening of offensive material,” Section 230 says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” (47 USC sec. 230). 

After this comes the lawsuit protection. “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of—(A) any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”

Clearly, the intent of Section 230 is to preserve parental rights and to protect children from “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, [and] harassing” material. Nobody ever envisioned the words, “otherwise objectionable,” to cover whatever the owner of the platform doesn’t want you to see.

It is the prerogative of print and broadcast media to disseminate, or to stifle whatever content it desires to give to or withhold from its consumers. With this right comes the responsibility to abide by decency laws and libel laws. If Facebook, Twitter, Google and the rest want these same prerogatives and responsibilities, they are welcome to have them. 

But if they do not want the responsibility of abiding by libel and decency laws, they have no business claiming the right of editors to create, stifle or alter the content that their users are generating. And yet, this is precisely what today’s social media are doing.

This is where President Trump’s Executive Order speaks. It declares, “When an interactive computer service provider removes or restricts access to content and its actions do not meet the criteria of subparagraph (c)(2)(A), it is engaged in editorial conduct.  It is the policy of the United States that such a provider should properly lose the limited liability shield of subparagraph (c)(2)(A) and be exposed to liability like any traditional editor and publisher.

The Executive Order makes no attempt to change the law. It only directs the executive agencies to give attention to applying liability protections in keeping with the entire law, not by cherry-picking isolated phrases. Thus, it directs the commerce secretary and the attorney general to petition the Federal Communications Commission to make rules appropriate to Section 230.

This provision, especially, ought to be applauded by every newspaper and cable news show in the country. Abuse of Section 230 by social media giants is a significant factor in the massive decline of traditional media outlets.

The Executive Order further directs the head of each executive agency to review the money that the federal government pays to these corporate giants. It asks for a report to be delivered to the Office of Management and Budget in the next month. The American people deserve to know how tax-payer money is spent in support of platforms that actively skew the public discourse.

The Order also directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General to look into unfair and deceptive practices of the social media giants. In May of 2019, the White House received 16,000 complaints from social media users. Many believe they were deceived. They were promised a platform to disseminate ideas, but instead were shadow banned by the very companies that promised to broadcast their content.

Twenty-four years ago the Internet had potential both to be a tremendous blessing and a terrible curse. That is no less true today. The world has jumped on an airplane that we are trying to build in mid-flight. 

Are interactive computer services (social media) free-for-all public forums? Or, are they simply electronic newspapers, with editors and agendas of their own? The Communications Decency Act has allowed these corporate giants to play both ends against the middle. They can advertise themselves as public bulletin boards, but rip down notices with impunity.

Ultimately, it will be the social media conglomerates themselves that will have to decide what they are. It is the job of the U.S. government to give them a clear choice. The Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, is a good step toward clarifying that choice. 

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Dave Simpson: Why We Support Trump, In Four Words

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By Dave Simpson, Columnist for Cowboy State Daily

It’s not like we don’t see the humor in this.

And that’s what separates us from our liberal friends. (We have so many. And some seem so angry.)

Our liberal friends are mystified that we still like a president who sometimes rambles, who repeats himself, who often blusters, and who rips the hide off reporters. How could educated people like us, they wonder, like a president who has told us many times about that “perfect” call to the president of Ukraine?

At first, that one gave me pause. What is a “perfect” call? Did he get the phone number correct? Did he make all the points he wished to make? Were his parting words hopeful? What about that call was perfect?

I spent decades as an editor, and often wish I could fix something someone wrote. I cringe when a public official speaks awkwardly. I can almost always think of a better word or phrase. So supporting Donald Trump has been, well, a minefield. I avoid watching his press conferences, because I dread what his mortal enemies will make of every hyperbolic utterance, every awkward rejoinder, every word that seems an unfortunate choice.

“Oh gosh,” I think, “I wish he hadn’t said THAT! Imagine what Joe and Mika will make of THAT on ‘Morning Joe’ tomorrow.”

And they do, in full Trump Derangement Syndrome contempt.

After almost four years, however, we have decided that while we would almost always put things a bit differently, it was Donald Trump who was elected president, not us. And we have seen the humor in his hyperbolic interludes ever since.

“Did you call your brother back?” my wife will ask. I respond, “Yes. And it was a PERFECT call. Absolutely PERFECT. Couldn’t have been better in any way! One of the GREATEST CALLS ever made.” And we laugh at the oblique reference to our president, who often gets a little carried away, but whom we still like very much.

We have started to view people we don’t like as “TOTAL LOSERS, absolute DISASTERS,” who are probably “FAILING” and “CORRUPT.” We laugh at that, as well.

When I mow the lawn, I say I did a “TERRIFIC JOB, FANTASTIC! INCREDIBLE.” When I barbecue burgers, they are the GREATEST hamburgers ever barbecued in the HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE.

We’ve gotten a lot of laughs out of this, even as our liberal friends meticulously dissect the utterances of our president, examining every word under an electron microscope. And they are uniformly appalled, horrified. When you hate a guy enough, if he says “good morning,” you can read it as shocking lack of empathy for those poor souls who are not having a good morning.

Our president gives them countless things to get their guts in a knot over, every day, and make them sputter in disbelief at the uncouthness of the man. How dare such a person be our president?

The other day, my wife – who has more advanced degrees than you can shake a stick at – summed it up in a mere four words. We still like the man, despite the disbelief of our liberal friends, for one reason:

“He’s got our back,” she said.

Bingo!

He talks about American greatness at every opportunity. He’s an optimist. He’s determined to restart our shuttered economy. He stands by those who have saved their money so they can live the American dream. Despite relentless opposition, he gets things done. He helped make a massive run-up of the stock market happen, and promises to do it again. He put solid justices on the Supreme Court.

And he has cut federal regulations. (Can our liberal friends justify government declaring a creek and stock pond in our state “navigable waters,” and defend suing a rancher into near oblivion? Even liberals have to admit that previous administrations got carried away with regulations.)

And despite all the people who hate everything about him, he still seems to like the job.

Just about every day he makes us laugh, saying something we wish he hadn’t. Something no other president would have said.

But, after almost four years we remain sure of that one thing:

He’s got our back.

Dave Simpson can be contacted at davesimpson145@hotmail.com

Barrasso on a Bernie – Trump Election: People Will Reject Socialism

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U.S. Sen. John Barrasso said President Trump would beat Democratic candidate for president Sen. Bernie Sanders in a hypothetical matchup.

Appearing on FOX Business News with Stuart Varney on Wednesday, Barrasso said one reason the public won’t vote for Sanders is his embrace of socialism.

“Economic freedom and free markets are the engine of our economy whereas socialism is the enemy of our economy,” Barrasso said. “If you had to choose, I think the American people will stay with economic freedom over socialism any day.”

Varney also asked Barrasso about Sander’s Medicare-For-All plan and how that would affect the health care system in the U.S.

“As a doctor, most doctors are concerned — as they should be — with their patients,” Barrasso said. “And the impact on patients would be terrible. People would end up paying more to wait longer for worse care.”

“Bernie is talking about taking 180 million people — who right now get their health care insurance through work and take a sledgehammer to it. They would lose all of their health care,” he said.

“Yet at the same time, he wants these people to pay for health insurance for illegal immigrants,” he said.

Barrasso said once people understand the specifics of Sanders’ controversial proposal they won’t back it.

Liz Cheney: Nancy Pelosi Dishonored the House; She Owes America An Apology

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi owes the American people an apology for her actions at the end of the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Cheney, appearing on FOX News on Wednesday, was referring to Pelosi ripping in half the State of the Union address immediately following the conclusion of President Trump’s remarks.

“She owes the American people an apology,” Cheney said. “That’s an official document of the House of Representatives and she brought dishonor on the House of Representatives.

“She is the one who owes the people an apology,” she said.

Cheney also said Speaker Pelosi should apologize to America for her actions during the impeachment trial.

“She absolutely abandoned her oath to the Constitution,” she said.

When asked if she thought Democrats might attempt to impeach the president again, Cheney said she wouldn’t be surprised.

“I think it helps us [the Republican Party] every time Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi are on television,” Cheney said. “I want them on more.”

She said when the public sees them discussing “never-ending investigation and never-ending impeachment” that it will bolster Republican turnout in the November election.

“The American people see why elections matter so much and they see why it’s so important that we get the majority back,” she said.

President Trump Asks Congress to Pass Sen. Barrasso’s Highway Bill

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President Donald Trump recognized U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) on Tuesday night during his State of the Union address.

Trump urged Congress to pass Barrasso’s Highway Infrastructure legislation.

“We must also rebuild America’s infrastructure,” Trump said to a bipartisan standing ovation.

“I ask you to pass Senator John Barrasso’s highway bill to invest in new roads, bridges, and tunnels all across our land,” he said.

Barrasso’s bill would authorize $287 billion over five years for highways, a figure that is a 27% increase over the current authorizations.

“The president spoke loud and clear tonight about putting partisan politics aside to pass a monumental American infrastructure plan,” Barrasso said following the State of the Union. “This is our moment. We passed a bipartisan bill out of my committee. It’s the largest highway infrastructure bill in our history to rebuild our roads, highways, and bridges. Even more important, it cuts red tape so we can build better, smarter, faster, and cheaper.

“Impeachment has been a costly distraction. We should answer the president’s call and the call of American workers, to put the partisan fights behind us, and get this done now.”

Wyo State Representative: America First Means Bringing Troops Home, Not Starting Another ‘Forever War’

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With tensions high in the Middle East, now is the time to increase efforts to bring U.S. troops home, according to a state representative who has been a vocal supporter of ending military involvement in the region.

Following the U.S.-ordered killing of Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Friday, Iran retaliated with two missile strikes Tuesday on military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, but no casualties were reported.

“It’s kind of this tit-for-tat game going back and forth, and the only ones that suffer are the troops,” said Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance. “If we’re going to be serious about putting Americans first, we need to start bringing home the troops.”

Lindholm, a U.S. Navy veteran, took his anti-war message to Washington D.C. in November as a leading member the Wyoming branch of Bring Our Troops Home (www.wybringourtroopshome.com). 

The non-profit organization was founded with a goal to end “the Forever Wars and encourage Congress … to support President (Donald) Trump’s plan to withdraw our troops.”

But as the U.S. prepares to send 3,000 additional troops to Iraq amid heightened concerns of a war with Iran, Lindholm said continued military action in the Middle East would only serve to hurt future generations of Americans.

“I do believe these actions are a divergence from Trump’s previous message,” he said. “I liked that Trump was kind of known for not listening to some of his intelligence advisers, but that seems to have changed. Those are the same advisers that got us into this whole quagmire 20 years ago.”

After assassinating Soleimani via drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, U.S. officials said the strike was meant to prevent an imminent attack on Americans. 

“The current narrative we’re being told is Soleimani operated in Iraq and led terrorist types of organizations,” Lindholm said. “They do seem to have lots of evidence pointing to lots of Americans killed because of Soleimani’s actions, but (in the early 2000s) they also had lots of evidence pointing toward lots of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

While some top officials have labeled Soleimani a terrorist for his role in overseeing extremist militia groups’ recruitment and training, Lindholm said the U.S. has a different term for engaging in similar activities.

“When it’s used against us, it becomes terrorism,” he explained. “When we do it, we’re teaching ‘freedom fighters.’ I think it’s a fine line.”

Lindholm said the U.S. has been involved in the funding or training of many militant groups throughout the last several decades.   

“I think it speaks to the larger issue in the U.S.’s current foreign policy of heavy interventionism,” he said. “I’m not saying the U.S. shouldn’t protect our interests, but a lot of what is currently being seen and what we’ve experienced in the last 20 years could arguably be called blowback over our interventionism.”

Going forward, the U.S. should rely more on diplomacy and economic sanctions than military force, Lindholm said.  

“I gotta hope this is over,” he added. “There’s been shown no benefit to the American people from these types of actions in the past or as it currently stands.” 

Recent events deepened the rift between Republicans and Democrats, and in some cases, party members returned to more traditional stances on America at war.

“The anti-war left has suddenly shown up again,” he explained. “A lot of my Republican friends are screaming, ‘Bomb them.’ When has that ever worked, besides losing more American lives?”

Soleimani’s killing and Iran’s retaliation could lead to a bipartisan effort to reduce the executive powers of the Authorization for Use of Military Force set in place in 2001 and used to justify actions throughout the Middle East, including Syria.

“I think think the silver lining to all this is people, left and right, will start to want an end and hopefully work toward it,” Lindholm said.

Since Soleimani’s death, both Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen. John Barrasso issued statements in support of the president and the actions of his administration against Iran.


President Donald Trump swept Wyoming in 2016: Will 2020 be a redux?

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By Laura Hancock, Cowboy State Daily

In 2016, President Donald Trump cruised to victory in Wyoming, winning around 70 percent of the popular vote and every county except Teton – one of the highest victory margins in the country. Will 2020 be any different? 

His net approval rating in Wyoming remains strong – having only decreased by 5 percentage points since taking office. In November, his approval rating was 66 percent, according to Morning Consult, the technology and media company that has the only regular publicly released presidential approval ratings that include the Cowboy State. 

“The good news is the president is going to win Wyoming,” said Teton County GOP Chairman Alex Muromcew. Even if he could lose Teton County again. 

“I think it’s a likely possibility, in addition to Teton, we could see Albany County going for whoever is the Democratic nominee for president,” said Joe Barbuto, chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party. “I think it’s safe to say we’ll not see him winning by as nearly large of margins in other counties.”

Trump infrastructure in Wyoming

In comparison to other states, Trump’s campaign is modest in Wyoming at this point. 

The Wyoming Trump Victory Team has four honorary chairs: Gov. Mark Gordon, U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, said Samantha Zager, a spokeswoman for Trump Victory, the fundraising committee for his reelection effort. 

The campaign at this point is not as involved in Wyoming as, say, battleground states such as Ohio, where the state director for the Trump campaign was announced a month after the 2018 election.

Pennsylvania’s state director was announced in May. Wisconsin’s was in July. Additional staff in each state have been hired. 

In New Hampshire, staff has already been hired and fired. 

In Wyoming it appears there are no paid Trump reelection staff yet. 

Wyoming GOP

In 2016, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won support from most of Wyoming’s 29 GOP delegates at both the county conventions and the state party convention – Wyoming Republicans use both conventions to apportion delegates before the national convention. 

Wyoming GOP Chair Frank Eathorne declined an interview to discuss the 2020 election, referring questions to Trump Victory.

When asked how the president’s popularity could be leveraged in down-ticket races, Eathorne said a grassroots plan was underway, but he said in a text message he couldn’t discuss it. 

Barbuto predicted in many communities, Democrats will have to campaign harder because they won’t ride the coattails of Trump’s high popularity, as their Republican opponents can. But in other communities, there may be opportunities to talk about the president’s 2016 campaign promises and whether they came to fruition.

“This is an incredibly difficult economic time for Wyoming,” he said. “Everyone knows that. We see our traditional revenue sources declining. Before Donald Trump came into office, he made promises about what he would do for coal in states like Wyoming. Up until 2018, his party controlled the House and Senate. And they weren’t able to get it done. That’s because there’s economic factors that are at play here, beyond the control of the president.”

Teton County, and the Democrats

Muromcew, the Teton County GOP chair, has no doubt of Trump’s support among registered Republicans in the county. But to win a majorty of votes, a candidate has to appeal to independents in addition to Republicans. 

“What makes (Teton County) unusual, politically, is that in terms of registered voters, we are about a third Republican, a third Democratic and a third independent,” he said. “…The challenge for (Trump) is to get that independent vote. And I think that is true for all Republican candidates running for office in Teton County — whether it’s local, state or national.”

It’ll be up to each candidate about whether they want to run on a pro-Trump platform in Teton County. Last year, Muromcew ran, unsuccessfully, for the Wyoming House as a write-in candidate. 

“My sense is, when I ran for office last year, I tried to make my platform more about local issues, rather than it be a referendum on national issues,” he said. 

Barbuto had a similar sentiment. 

“Democratic candidates are going to be talking about the issues facing their community — topics like access to quality health care, diversifying our state economy, finding new revenues and most importantly, jobs to their communities,” he said. 

2016 Presidential Election Totals

CountyTrumpClinton
Albany County 7,6026,890
Big Horn County 4,067604
Campbell County 15,7781,324
Carbon County 4,4091,279
Converse County 5,520668
Crook County 3,348273
Fremont County 11,1674,200
Goshen County 4,418924
Hot Springs County 1,939400
Johnson County 3,477638
Laramie County 24,84711,573
Lincoln County 6,7791,105
Natrona County 23,5526,577
Niobrara County 1,116115
Park County 11,1152,535
Platte County 3,437719
Sheridan County 10,2662,927
Sublette County 3,409644
Sweetwater County 12,1543,231
Teton County 3,9217,314
Uinta County 6,1541,202
Washakie County 2,911532
Weston County 3,033299
Statewide174,41955,973
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