Trump-backed GOP congressional nominee Harriet Hageman discussed her victory over incumbent Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney on Wednesday, framing it as a race that represents the mood of much of the country.
In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Hageman — who defeated Cheney by more than 30 points — said Americans are “fed up” with the Washington swamp and establishment crowd that engages in organized opposition without really doing much for the people they are supposed to represent.
As for Wyoming residents, Hageman said her victory was a reflection of their rejection of Cheney’s treatment of Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as well as Democrats in general.
“Wyoming has spoken, and it was a resounding victory,” Hageman told Ingraham. “I think that it is a reflection on a couple of things. One is Liz Cheney. It’s a reflection on her and the fact that we don’t want her allegedly representing us in Congress anymore.
“It was also, I think, a reflection on what happened last week in Mar-a-Lago,” she added, referencing the highly political raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week.
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Hageman, who was endorsed by Trump last year in response to Cheney’s vote to impeach him following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, has been a staunch defender of the former president and has spoken out on the continued investigations targeting him over his time in the White House.
She says that Wyomingites agree, arguing that they see through what “rogue agencies” like the FBI and DOJ are doing, as well as the effort by Congress “to destroy President Trump rather than govern the country.”
“Washington, D.C., has become too big and too corrupt,” Hageman continued. “I think that there are a lot of people in Washington, D.C., both Republicans and Democrats, who don’t care whose in power so long as they are, and we need to change that.”
“We need to bring the power back to the people. We need to return the power to the states where it belongs. We need to actually adhere to our constitutional construct, which is separation of powers, being regulatory agencies and unelected bureaucrats have essentially taken over the role of legislating in this country. And that needs to fundamentally change,” she said.
In the midst of wild inflation, wide-open borders, the worsening drug crisis, and the war on fossil fuels, Hageman suggested that Wyoming residents and Americans generally are calling for “serious leaders” who will truly represent them and the needs of the country, not their own narrow special political patronage interests.
“The people of Washington, D.C., are not serious, and they didn’t like President Trump because he recognized everyday, family-dinner-table issues that are important to the citizens of the United States, and he attempted to deliver,” she said.
“The last thing that people in Washington, D.C., want is accountability and success,” Hageman added. “We want serious leaders who are going to start putting aside the nonsense and focus on the issues that are important.”
Hageman said one of her priorities in D.C. will be to bolster domestic fossil fuel energy production, adding that it has fallen during Joe Biden’s term putting massive hardship on of tens of millions of American workers.
“None of this is rocket science. I’d take any average, everyday person off the street in Wyoming who could figure this stuff out inside of about 10 minutes. This isn’t complicated,” she said.
“Wyoming has spoken, and Wyoming is speaking on behalf of people all across this great country. We’re fed up. We’re just flat fed up. And there’s going to be a red wave in November, and I’m excited to be a part of it. We need to take our country back,” she said.
“I have talked about accountability. I’ve talked about my policies. I’ve talked about protection of our energy industries and the importance of energy independence, regulatory reform and what we need to do to get on top of it and get our country back,” she added.
“I think all of those things came together last night, and the folks in Wyoming have spoken, and they’ve said that they are really looking forward to having someone who is from Wyoming, cares about Wyoming and is going to represent Wyoming,” Hageman continued.