Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) traveled to Wyoming last month to show his support for U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) primary challenger, Wyoming state Rep. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne).
Tancredo told conservative talk show host Randy Corporon that Cheney, who voted in favor of impeaching Trump, “is in big trouble, and she deserves to be” because she is out of touch with her constituents.
“It is an example of just exactly how far away you can get from your constituency when you live inside the beltway,” Tancredo told KNUS’ Corporon Jan. 30.
“She played the role of a supporter of the president while he was there,” he added. “It was a facade.”
Bouchard, who’s posted Covid conspiracy theories and anti-semitic content on his Facebook page, announced he would challenge Cheney in 2022 at a rally in Cheyenne last month.
Tancredo, who is similarly infamous for his racist remarks and his 2005 suggestion that America should respond to future terrorist attacks by bombing the holy Muslim city of Mecca, voiced his support of Bouchard’s campaign, and posed for a photo with him at the announcement event.
Tancredo, who ran for governor in Colorado in 2010, did not respond to requests for comment.
Cheney said yesterday that her vote against Trump was motivated by her allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.
“I think people all across Wyoming understand and recognize that our most important duty is to the Constitution. And as I’ve explained and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state and voters all across the state, the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment and it doesn’t bend to partisanship. It doesn’t bend to political pressure,” Cheney, told Fox News Sunday. “It’s the most important oath that we take.”
Cheney faces fierce criticism from those in her own party for her stance in favor of Trump’s impeachment, exposing deep divisions within the conservative base and attracting national attention to the 2022 primary election for her seat.
The Wyoming Republican Party voted Saturday to censure Cheney.
“This is the classic of establishment old guard Republicans versus the young, new, aggressive, outspoken, fearless up-and-comers like Matt Gaetz,” said Corporon.
However even some of the most outspoken right-wing critics of Cheney are hesitant to support Bouchard’s bid.
Donald Trump Junior, who phoned into an anti-Cheney rally at the Wyoming capitol building last week, urged caution in supporting Bouchard.
“Let’s find someone good and let’s find one person and back him,” Trump said. “Let’s be careful about who it is. Don’t just back the first person to come forward.”
Listen to Tancredo below: