As Cheney leads Jan. 6 committee in Washington, her rival marches in parade back home
On the same day Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., heard testimony against former President Donald Trump during a hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, her Trump-backed primary opponent, Harriet Hageman, was back in Wyoming campaigning to get her kicked out of Congress. Yahoo News Chief National Correspondent Jon Ward was on the scene in Casper, Wyo., where he caught up with Hageman and voters attending the campaign event.
LIZ CHENEY: President Trump is a 76-year-old man. He is not an impressionable child.
HARRIET HAGEMAN: Yahoo News, how are you?
- I'm good.
HARRIET HAGEMAN: I'm Harriet.
- Yes, I know.
Liz Cheney is doing a hearing in DC right now. What--
HARRIET HAGEMAN: We're in Wyoming--
- Does that help you?
HARRIET HAGEMAN: --meeting with the people.
- Yeah, it does. Has the January 6 committee helped you?
HARRIET HAGEMAN: I believe so.
- Why is that?
You just said hello to Harriet. Why are you supporting her?
SALLY O'BRIEN: I'm supporting her because everything that I have read about her, she is a true Wyoming-ite. And she is very pro-Wyoming issues, such as energy and water. And she's a real conservative. And what are your feelings about Liz Cheney? She doesn't live here, for starters. And she doesn't really represent us. She says she's a constitutionalist, but she doesn't believe in justice for all, only the January 6 people who were frightened. So I'm not for voting for her.
ELDAD VERED: I would love to see Wyoming stand for Liz Cheney, for honesty, for the Constitution, and for integrity.
- Are you supporting anybody in the Congressional race between Cheney and Hagerman?
BOB IDE: Harriet Hageman.
- What's your take on that race?
BOB IDE: Harriet's going to beat her bad.
- Why's Liz on the outs?
BOB IDE: Because she betrayed the voters of Wyoming with her January 6 show trial.
- That's happening right now.
BOB IDE: It is.
- Like today.
BOB IDE: I heard that.
What do you make of the fact that Liz is back in Washington today doing this hearing, this parade is happening out here? It's quite a contrast, two different worlds. What do you make of that contrast?
JIM ANDERSON: Well, the committee is her job. Her job is Congress, not necessarily doing parades. Parades you're just a side benefit. No, she needs to be where her job is. And if her job is on the committee, that's where she needs to be.
- Has the committee's work impacted this race in any way that you can see?
JIM ANDERSON: Oh, I think it's made for a lot of interest in the race. And a lot of people have an opinion about the committees, for sure. So yeah, it might have an influence.
- Do people talk to you out here about the committee?
JIM ANDERSON: Yeah, yeah.
- What do they say?
JIM ANDERSON: Yeah. They think it's a waste of time. They think we shouldn't be doing it. I don't know.
- Do you agree with that?
JIM ANDERSON: I don't know. I don't know. I still haven't figured it out.