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'Political torment': Trump whines about Jan. 6 investigation while defending rioters at anti-Cheney rally
Donald Trump complained about the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol as he campaigned against the body's vice chair, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Trump held a Sat. rally at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, an arena he failed to fill.
"She's aided and abetted the radical Democrat (sic) Party in one of the most unhinged, lawless, and dangerous witch hunts of all time, the unselect committee on Jan. 6," Trump said.
"But as one of nation's leading proponents of the insurrection hoax, Liz Cheney has pushed a grotesquely false, fabricated, and hysterical, partisan narrative and that was the narrative of day, which has become the pretext for the most chilling assault on your civil liberties in generations. Look what they're doing to these people, look what they're doing to these people," he said, apparently referring to those charged for the Jan. 6 attack.
He went on a friend described him as "the most honest man in the history of our country."
"It's true," said the man who documented making 30,573 false or misleading claims.
"And now you look the so-called word insurrection, Jan. 6, what a lot of crap. What a lot of crap. And most of this country knows it, and you know who else knows it? The Democrats. It's another con job just like Russia, Russia, Russia. This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a total fake story," he said.
"She really represents despicable things. With Liz Cheney's support, the unselect committee has turned the United States House of Representatives into an instrument of political torment and repression," Trump claimed. "You know that, you see that every night."
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Less than one week after Donald Trump's grudgefest in Georgia was rejected by Republican voters, the former president traveled to Casper, Wyoming as he seeks to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for objecting to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
The rally was attended by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Kat Cammack (R-FL), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Senate GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) did not attend, but sent a video message that was booed by Trump's MAGA base.
Bryan Schott, a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune, posted a picture from the arena 30 minutes before the program was scheduled to begin.
\u201cWe are about 30 minutes from showtime at the Trump rally in Casper and there are A LOT of empty seats in the arena.\n\nThere\u2019s still a line outside, but I\u2019m not sure how many people are waiting to get in #utpol\u201d— Bryan "Springsteen Tour 2023" Schott (@Bryan "Springsteen Tour 2023" Schott) 1653763160
Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York Magazine, posted multiple photos showing empty seats after Trump's was to have taken the stage.
\u201cDonald Trump was due onstage in Casper, Wyoming ten minutes ago. Arena is still not at capacity.\u201d— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivia Nuzzi) 1653775926
Donald Trump's grip on the Republican Party is being increasing challenged by GOP rivals who have less fear of the former president's rage following Georgia's primary election results.
Former Gov. Chris Christie has emerged as a leading critic of Trump's fixation on his delusions about the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.
“We have to be the party of tomorrow, not the party of yesterday,” Christie told Politico. “But more important than that, what we have to decide is: do we want to be the party of me or the party of us? What Donald Trump has advocated is for us to be the ‘party of me,’ that everything has to be about him and about his grievances.’”
During an appearance on Guy Benson's Fox Radio show, Christie again offered his analysis of the former president.
"The mainstream media will overinterpret this as being the end of Donald Trump in the Republican Party, and it is far from it. But what it shows you is if he continues to look backwards, guy, he is not going to be a political force in this party for much longer," he predicted.
Christie also had harsh words for Trump when speaking to students at Harvard University.
“You cannot stand behind the seal of the president of the United States, in the East Room of the White House, and tell the American people that the election is stolen and not present them with any evidence that it’s been stolen,” Christie said. “Because people believe the president, a lot of people do, and they think to themselves, ‘Well, he wouldn’t say that unless he knew something.’ He knows nothing!”
But others in the party are still standing by Trump.
At a rally in Wyoming for Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Mike Lindell claimed that Donald Trump did not lose in Georgia because he claims Gov. Brian Kemp was not the real winner of the primary.
Lindell went on to claim that there was also fraud in Wyoming and that Trump did not win by 120,000 votes.
"He really won by 142,00," Lindell falsely claimed.
\u201cMike Lindell has arrived at the Trump rally, saying that the Deep State \u201cdialed up the algorithms\u201d to steal the GOP primaries of Kemp and Raffensperger to embarrass Trump. \u201cYou think Brian Kemp got 73%? Impossible! They stole that election!\u201d\u201d— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1653757049