Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz takes aim at Cheney at rally in her home state Trump touts ‘cordial’ meeting with McCarthy in Florida Trump, allies raise pressure on Senate GOP ahead of impeachment MORE (R-Fla.), one of former President TrumpDonald Trump’QAnon Shaman’ willing to testify in impeachment trial, lawyer says Boebert clashes with Parkland survivor on Twitter: ‘Give your keyboard a rest, child’ Overnight Defense: FEMA asks Pentagon to help with vaccinations | US says Taliban has ‘not met their commitments’ | Army investigating Fort Hood chaplain MORE’s most ardent supporters, took aim at House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGaetz takes aim at Cheney at rally in her home state GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem Trump touts ‘cordial’ meeting with McCarthy in Florida MORE (Wyo.) on her own turf Thursday, holding a rally calling for her ouster.
Hundreds gathered outside the Capitol in Cheyenne, where the Florida Republican railed against the No. 3 Republican in the House just one day after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyGaetz takes aim at Cheney at rally in her home state GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem Trump touts ‘cordial’ meeting with McCarthy in Florida MORE (R-Calif.) called on members of the conference to stop attacking each other as divisions in the party become increasingly more evident in the post-Trump era.
The decision from Gaetz — who has had a contentious relationship with Cheney — to host the rally comes as House conservatives push to remove Cheney from her leadership post after her decision to vote in favor of impeaching Trump for inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan.6.
“Our battle is no longer just Republican vs. Democrat, it’s not just red team versus blue team. Absolutely not — we’ve got to put America first. Those are the old battles of yesteryear. But people have always come to the great frontiers of Wyoming to win the future — that’s why I’m here,” he said in his speech.
“Liz Cheney is a lot like Congress — deeply unpopular and owned by special interests,” he added. “She’s taken more money from PACs than people. She works for them, not you.”
Gaetz repeatedly slammed her foreign policy stances, alleging she supports endless wars, calling her a globalist, and accusing her of being beholden to special interests.
“The truth is that the establishment in both political parties have teamed up to screw our fellow Americans for generations. The private insider club of Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP congressman demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize following Twitter exchange with Cruz ‘QAnon Shaman’ willing to testify in impeachment trial, lawyer says Biden puts US national security first in extending New START Treaty MORE, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGaetz takes aim at Cheney at rally in her home state The Senate’s sad signal — Trump is one for the law books The Hill’s Morning Report – Dems question trial; January becomes deadliest pandemic month MORE, Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGaetz takes aim at Cheney at rally in her home state Kaine eyes next week to file censure aiming to bar Trump from future office White House aides push back on idea of splitting up relief package MORE, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP congressman demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize following Twitter exchange with Cruz Georgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report Boebert clashes with Parkland survivor on Twitter: ‘Give your keyboard a rest, child’ MORE and Liz Cheney, they want to return our government to its default setting: enriching them,” he continued.
“They want to turn our government to its default setting, enriching them, making them more powerful at our expense, but we can stop and it starts right here in Wyoming,” he added.
At one point during his speech, Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s son, called in to take aim at the Wyoming Republican, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“It seems like Liz Cheney’s favorables are only slightly worse than her father’s shooting skills,” Trump Jr. said as Gaetz held his phone up to the microphone. He was apparently referring to a nonfatal incident in which Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man.
The rally comes just days before the House is slated to reconvene, with the Republican conference slated to hold a conference meeting where conservatives’ grievances with Cheney’s rebuke of Trump are slated to be discussed.
While Cheney has come under fire since announcing her decision to impeach — even garnering a primary challenger — she has stood by her decision, with a number of leading Republicans in Congress including Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoGaetz takes aim at Cheney at rally in her home state OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden signs series of orders to tackle climate change | Republicans press Granholm on fossil fuels during confirmation hearing Republicans press Granholm on fossil fuels during confirmation hearing MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, coming to her defense.
“Wyoming doesn’t like it when outsiders come into our state and try to tell us what to do,” former Wyoming state Rep. Amy Edmonds said in a statement.
Cheney also easily fended off her primary challenge in 2018, winning with almost 68 percent of the vote, despite having pushed back on Trump’s foreign policy stances and at times his rhetoric.