Trump Impeachment Backers are Exiting Congress from Defeat & Retirement

University of Wyoming Extension

With the ousting of three-term Wyoming representative Liz Chaney, eight of the 10 Trump impeachment backers will no longer be in Congress next year due to retirement or defeat.

One of Trump’s most outspoken and vilifying critics, Chaney was soundly defeated in the Wyoming GOP primary Tuesday by natural resource attorney Harriet Hageman.

Chaney joins four other GOP incumbents of the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump and were given the “left-foot-of-fellowship” from their constituents, ending their re-election bid.

The Epoch Times reported that Reps. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) were all defeated by Trump-endorsed candidates. Some of the victors took double-digit wins over the opposition.

The only two representatives to advance to the general election from the primary battles are Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.).

The four remaining members retired rather than run in 2022: Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and John Katko (R-N.Y.).

Hageman thanked Trump for his “support, encouragement and guidance” since her campaign launch last September.

However, Hageman’s landslide victory was also weighted by traveling 40,000 miles during the past year, repeatedly visiting all 23 counties in the state with a message of being “held accountable” by her constituents.

In her victory speech Aug. 16, she reinterested the pledge to visit every county at least once a year and the people of Wyoming to hold her accountable for her actions.

“By our vote today, Wyoming has put the elites on notice,” she continued. “We are no longer going to tolerate representatives who don’t represent us. If you are elected to represent us, you better damn well represent us. I will be accountable to the citizens of Wyoming because I am one of you.”