Watch: Liz Cheney buries conspiracy theorist candidates at Wyoming GOP primary debate
Incumbent two-term United States Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) squared off against four right-wing challengers at a debate on Thursday night ahead of Wyoming's August GOP primary election.
Activist Robyn Belinskey, Army veteran Denton Knapp, State Senator Anthony Bouchard (6th District), and attorney Harriet Hageman believe that Cheney should be replaced as The Equality State's lone solo lawmaker in the House of Representatives.
Cheney was censured by the Republican Party after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed Hageman, for inciting the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection. Cheney is the vice-chair of the bipartisan House Select Committee that is investigating the attack.
On Friday, The Republican Accountability Project released a supercut of the discussion's lightning round, which was little more than a messy hodgepodge of conspiracy theories and flubs across an array of topics. Cheney stood out as the only hopeful that maintained consistent and coherent arguments.
It "was a setup from the beginning. We cannot have actual, um, um, oh gosh, um, heh, see, um," Belinskey stammered.
The video then cut to Cheney.
"What we saw happen on January 6th was clearly an attempt to delay the count of the electoral votes," she said.
Coronavirus Vaccine Policy
"They knew," Bouchard proclaimed. He suggested that because Dr. Anthony Fauci "had awards for his work in cytokines" – a type of immune system cell – that something nefarious was afoot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hageman also lobbed false accusations against Fauci, calling him "one of the most corrupt individuals in Washington DC."
Belinskey insisted that "we are to oppose any vaccines."
Cheney, meanwhile, said that "everybody ought to get vaccinated and we need to do everything we can to protect ourselves from future viruses."
Wyoming Residents' Faith in the Electoral Process
Belinskey alluded to MyPillow Chief Executive Officer and Trump loyalist Mike Lindell telling her that "there was a small, small portion of voter fraud in this state. But that is alarming."
Bouchard fell apart.
"What about um, um, um, Facebook, um, using the system to steer people. We know for a fact, all the major internets do that," he said.
Hageman took things one step further, citing Dinesh D'Souza's discredited and debunked 2000 Mules movie as "something that I think we have grave concern about."
Knapp used his time to baselessly claim that voting machines engaged in "fraud."
Cheney bulldozed those assertions.
"We have politicians in this country, beginning with Donald Trump, who have lied to the American people," she said. "He consistently has said that the election was stolen when it wasn't."
Bouchard defaulted to Kremlin propaganda.
"Ukraine is corrupt, we started it, we got involved, we pushed them into being against the Russian government," he exclaimed.
Belinskey rambled through her response.
"Money laundering. I think that's the biggest, eh, ticket for the Ukraines and the Biden Administration," she declared.
Conversely, Cheney said that Ukraine "is the frontline in the battle for freedom and I think we've got to elect serious leaders."
\u201cThis wasn't SNL on a Thursday night.\n\nThis was Wyoming's Republican primary debate.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
Observers on social media were aghast at the unmitigated madness.
\u201c@AccountableGOP @Timodc It\u2019s actually staggering.\nOn the one hand, you have a handful of totally clueless dumbfucks beholden to a coup plotting melted circus peanut & his big lie, and on the other hand you have reason, rational thought and the god damned truth.\nThat damn party has jumped the shark man.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP These other candidates could stand up there throwing feces around while eating raw meat and speaking in tongues while dressed up as Satan himself, and the Republicans of Wyoming would be like, \u2018Liz Cheney won\u2019t say the election was stolen. Clearly she is unfit to serve eh!\u2019\n\nFFS.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP Are you freaking kidding me? Good lord as they say in East Tennessee in exasperation.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP Jfc.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP @JoJoFromJerz Liz Chaney is the only well-spoken, coherent, SANE person on that stage. I wanted to post something funny but, honestly, this is more frightening than humorous.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP IT will really say something about the future of the US if Cheney doesn't win her primary. I don't agree with Liz on a lot of things, but she is a serious Member of Congress who takes her role seriously, her competitors clearly don't\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP How did they let those other people up on that stage? That felt like it was setup to make Liz look better because the other people were so terrible. I would vote for my 6 year old son before I would vote for anyone besides Liz on that stage.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP It's not funny anymore. There's nothing funny about this.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
\u201c@AccountableGOP My God! Those are the candidates? This is @GOP in Wyoming?\nI disagree with Cheney on 95% of things, from abortion to you name it, but she looks like the member of Mensa in this Deliverance group.\u201d— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1656682917
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