Former President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed Wyoming GOP chairman Frank Eathorne’s reelection efforts, specifically mentioning the chairman’s censure of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the statement.
“Perhaps, most importantly, Frank has censured the incompetent Liz Cheney, who couldn’t care less about our brave soldiers overseas, and who is willing to fight ridiculous, endless wars instead of preparing for the big time enemies that may someday soon face our Country,” Trump wrote in a statement.
Cheney’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Cheney and Trump have sparred about the war in Afghanistan and the divide between the two has become more pronounced since the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, which prompted the congresswoman to vote in favor of impeaching the former president on Democrat accusations of inciting an insurrection. Trump was acquitted of that charge.
Eathorne has been chair of the Wyoming GOP since 2019 and is currently campaigning for reelection.
“Frank Eathorne continues to fight for our America First Policies as GOP Chairman of the Great State of Wyoming. He is highly respected by everyone, fighting for your Second Amendment and continually growing the Republican Party,” Trump wrote.
“Frank has my Complete and Total Endorsement for his re-election. He will never let you down!” Trump added.
Eathorne was one of Wyoming’s Republican leaders who led the effort to censure Cheney for her impeachment stance and put out a statement that condemned Cheney’s decision.
“The Democrats are using this (the impeachment) to smear the entire conservative movement and all Republicans. By voting to impeach, Representative Cheney is helping them in that effort.”
Despite all the criticism from her own state’s GOP party, Cheney has not backed down on her criticism of Trump. Her office has said she has been able to raise $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 for her reelection campaign.
She said Wednesday that she would not support former President Donald Trump if he runs for president in 2024.
Neil Cavuto on Fox News asked Cheney if she would back Trump if he ran in 2024.
“I would not,” Cheney replied. Right after Cheney’s comment, Trump released a statement in response.
“And so many people, many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney—but we only want one,” read the statement from Trump.
“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen,” he added. “I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”