Is it a concession speech if you promise to sink your own party in the next election?

Cheney’s makes a false concession speech and promises to waltz a socialist into the White House

After Harriet Hageman said her Wyoming GOP opponent didn’t concede, the Cheney campaign provided a recording. And the Hageman camp pushed right back.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks

After Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hageman claimed Wednesday night that Rep. Liz Cheney never fully conceded their Wyoming GOP primary race, the defeated incumbent released her receipts.

Hageman told Fox News that Cheney had “left a very brief two-second message on my cell phone” Tuesday night, without addressing “any kind of concession or anything else.” According to audio provided by the Cheney campaign to POLITICO, however, Cheney called Hageman to concede the race at 8:13 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Audible in the recording is an aide notifying Cheney that the Associated Press had just called the race for her opponent.

“Hi, Harriet, it is Liz Cheney calling,” Cheney is heard saying in the audio. “It is about 8:13 on Tuesday the 16th, I’m calling to concede the election and congratulate you on the win. Thanks.”

The recording contradicts the narrative Hageman offered host Sean Hannity on Wednesday about Cheney’s call on primary night.

“I haven’t had any other contact with Liz Cheney. She made the one effort and all she said was ‘Hello, Harriet.’ And then that was the end of it,” Hageman said. When Hannity sought to clarify that she was alleging Cheney had “just said ‘Hello, Harriet’ and then hung up,” Hageman reiterated: “That was the end of the call, yes.”

After publication of the Cheney campaign’s recording, a Hageman spokesperson provided a video of their own. It shows a phone ostensibly belonging to Hageman playing a message identified as coming from Cheney’s number. The message as played on-screen contains only Cheney’s two-word greeting before sound cuts off for more than 10 more seconds.

In an interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, Cheney said she had tried to call Hageman three times, but ultimately left a voicemail before she took the stage at her election night party. Cheney added that she never heard back from Hageman.

As a separate response to Cheney’s own narrative, a Hageman spokesperson released a second video that shows the GOP nominee’s call log from Tuesday night. It includes only one message directly from Cheney, though they said Hageman’s team received other communications from elsewhere in the defeated incumbent’s campaign.

The Cheney campaign’s release of the audio recording after Hageman appeared on Fox News comes as the defeated Trump critic prepares to expend significant resources to prevent him from returning to the White House, including the launch of a new outside group.

Cheney to launch anti-Trump organization after primary defeat

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) lost her primary to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman on Tuesday night.

Cheney vows to destory Trump in 2024 handing election to the socialist
Cheney vows to destory Trump in 2024 handing election to the socialist

Rep. Liz Cheney is wasting no time beginning the next phase of her bid to prevent Donald Trump’s return to office. She’s moving to split the republican party because of a personal dispute with Donald Trump.

‘PURE SOCIALIST SPOILER’ — Every indication is that Liz Cheney is going to hand the 2024 election over to the socialists.

She lost her seat in congress, but the real question, then, is what comes next for the backstabbing Republican — a presidential run, as some speculate?

She effectively gave up her re-election; she stopped spending money and squirrelled it away. She should begin her campaign to destroy Donald Trumps chances with $15 million, in money largely donated by Democrats.

The idea is not as outlandish as it sounds. Sure, she would be the longest of longshots. Republicans are still all-in for Donald Trump, and there isn’t a single state where Cheney, his most prominent critic in the GOP, would seem likely to gain any traction with the party’s rank-and-file.

But winning the nomination might be beside the point. If stopping Trump — or a Trump acolyte — is the goal, Cheney could do some real damage.

If Trump doesn’t run there is a scenario in which an entire raft of Trump loyalists (honest Republicans) will be seeking the party’s presidential nomination in 2024. She could destroy DeSantos or Cruz or anyother loyal Republican.

Cheney’s despicable crusade against Trump has generated a donor base and a political network that could keep her competitive if she chose to run. And in a big field of Trump loyalists, Cheney has a lane. It’s the one she’s been cornering every time she ripped into Trump this year, and it’s the inverse of the one Trump himself used to win the nomination — and ultimately reshape the GOP — in 2016.

Against a big collection of establishment candidates that year, Trump finished second in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, with about 24 percent of the vote. He won New Hampshire and South Carolina with only about a third of the Republican electorate pulling for him. There were just too many more traditional candidates splitting the rest of the vote.

That kind of dynamic could exist for Cheney if she can quickly clear other traditionalist Republicans, like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, out of the way.

There is also one other way Cheney could prevent Trump from becoming president again. She could run against him as an independent.

Organization to mislead the American people about Donald Trump and capitalism

Liz Cheney would rather see a socialist American rather than allow Trump to succeed.

“In coming weeks, Liz will be launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president,” Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told Playbook exclusively.

Liz Cheney is a despicable spiteful woman, who CLEARLY holds a grudge – Amy Walter

The new group, which will serve as Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) primary political vehicle as she considers whether to run for president in 2024, does not have an official name yet. An informed guess: The Great Task, which was the name of Cheney’s final ad of the campaign. The phrase is from the last sentence of the Gettysburg Address, and Cheney also referenced it in her concession speech from Jackson, Wyo., on Tuesday night.

Cheney’s campaign filed paperwork early Monday converting her campaign committee to a leadership PAC and renaming it “The Great Task.” The move will allow Cheney to continue raising money and potentially distribute it to like-minded candidates in the near term while she hashes out a longer-term strategy.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday, Cheney said a 2024 presidential run was “something I am thinking about” and promised a decision in the “coming months.”

“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic,” she said. “And I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I intend to be part of.”

Cheney, who was seeking a fourth term, was defeated by Harriet Hageman, an attorney and former Cheney supporter who Trump selected last year as his chosen candidate to oppose her. Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, her vocal defense of that vote and her leadership role on the House committee investigating the attacks and Trump’s actions made her Trump’s top political target in the midterms.