Hageman Was A Never Trumper… What Happened?
Harriet Hageman gladly met with former President Donald Trump. She gladly took his endorsement. But back in the beginning the was as anti-Trump as a person could get.
So, what changed?
Hageman, responding to a New York Times article about all of this saying she learned that what was being said about Trump then was untrue.
“The fact is, I heard and believed the lies the Democrats and Liz Cheney’s friends in the media were telling at the time, but that is ancient history as I quickly realized their allegations against President Trump were untrue. They lied about him before he was elected and continue to lie about him to this day.” (NYT).
But some in the political arena are a little suspicious. There are trust issues here after the Liz Cheney impeachment vote.
(Hot Air Blog). Ask Harriet Hageman, Cheney’s challenger in next year’s Wyoming House primary, who was so militant a Never Trumper in 2016 that she participated in the effort to unbind Republican delegates won by Trump so that they could make Ted Cruz the GOP nominee instead.
Calling Mr. Trump “the weakest candidate” [in 2016], Ms. Hageman attributed his rise to Democrats who she claimed had voted in Republican primaries.
She condemned Mr. Trump as a bigoted candidate who would repel voters Republicans needed to win a national election, warning that the G.O.P. would be saddled with “somebody who is racist and xenophobic.”…
Leading up to the convention, Ms. Hageman joined a small group of Republicans who organized a last-ditch effort to “unbind” delegates. They hoped to insert a conscience provision freeing delegates to vote for whomever they wanted regardless of the results of state primaries and caucuses, a move concocted by supporters of Mr. Cruz to instigate a convention floor fight.
That summer, Ms. Hageman was a regular participant in conference calls plotting the last-gasp opposition to Mr. Trump, long after he had won enough delegates to clinch the nomination. She and other delegates, many of them social conservatives from the West loyal to Mr. Cruz, argued that Mr. Trump was a cancer on the party, chosen by liberal voters in Democratic states to undermine Republicans nationwide. (ALLAHPUNDIT).
So let's have a look at the document Harried Hageman signed that could have led to delegates being unbound. Her name is right at the top left.
At the time Hageman was such a diehard anti-Trumper she was just one of just 12 among 99 members of the convention’s Rules Committee to vote in favor of unbinding delegates.
To clear all of this up Trump and Hageman must have had a little sit-down chat.
Still, this will leave some questions to those Wyoming voters who are now opposing Liz Cheney after she voted to impeach President Trump. There are trust issues among the Wyoming voters.