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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
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado traveled to Wyoming on Saturday to try and fire fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney.
Boebert is campaigning for Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Cheney in the GOP primary for the state's at-large seat in Congress.
"I want to tell you a story about his generosity," she said, referring to Trump, who is the top topic in the race.
"About how kind he is, about how welcoming he is. The thing that these folks right here in the back never let anyone see," she said, pointing to the press. "Fake media is the virus."
"My family and I were with President Trump, and even not like germs, Trump shared a bowl of popcorn with my 14-year-old son. Now listen Wyoming, I know where he's been, I don't share food with my son," the mother of four said.
Other Republicans who traveled to Wyoming for the rally include Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Kat Cammack (R-FL).
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\u201cBoebert: I want to tell you a story about his generosity, about how kind he is\u2026 Even not liking germs, President Trump shared a bowl of popcorn with my son\u2026 I don\u2019t share food with my son.\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1653768490