He did not mention the fact that Hageman was part of an effort to hide the 2016 Republican National Convention presidential nomination from him.
“Calling Mr. Trump” the weakest candidate, “Ms. Hageman attributed her rise to Democrats who she said voted in the Republican primaries.
“She condemned Mr. Trump as a fanatical candidate who would push back voters Republicans needed to win a national election, warning the GOP would be grappling with ‘someone racist and xenophobic.’
What happened to this Harriet Hageman? Well, Trump won – not just the Republican nomination but the White House as well. And Hageman quickly changed his mind.
“I heard and believed the lies Democrats and Liz Cheney friends in the media were telling at the time, but that’s old history because I quickly realized that their allegations against President Trump were false, ”Hageman told The Times of his past criticism of Trump. “He was the greatest president of my life, and I am proud to have been able to rename him in 2020. And I am proud to strongly support him today,” he added.
Talk about the zeal of converts! The truth is, Hageman didn’t have some sort of epiphany about Trump. Instead, she, like so many other Republicans who have expressed considerable doubts about the prospect of the billionaire businessman leading their party, simply gave in to political expediency.
And so Hageman, not a model and ambitious for the job (she finished third in the 2018 Republican primary for governor), threw her lot – all of it – with Trump.
Don’t you think Hageman’s about-face on Trump was politically motivated? Consider what she thought of Cheney, the woman she’s running to beat next year, as recently as 2016.
“I know Liz Cheney is a proven, courageous constitutional conservative, someone who has the education, training and experience to fight effectively for Wyoming on the national stage,” Hageman said at the time. . “There have been and will continue to be concerted efforts to force real conservatives to sit down and shut up. These efforts have never worked on me and I know they will not work and have no effect on Liz Cheney. I am proud to introduce Liz Cheney as the next congressional representative for the great state of Wyoming. “
What changed over the next five years, you ask, that would change Hageman’s perspective on Cheney so drastically?
This split between Cheney and Trump created an opportunity. And Hageman, clearly an opportunist, jumped on it. Even if it required him to completely – in the most transparent way possible – let go of his past views on Trump and Cheney.
This is what Trumpism forged in the Republican Party. Because the former president demands full and unconditional loyalty, people like Hageman are ready to do whatever it takes to gain his support. Even if it means going back on everything you’ve said to believe.