Liz Cheney Is No Martyr. Just Another Rich, Entitled Member Of The D.C. Establishment

Liz Cheney Is No Martyr. Just Another Rich, Entitled Member Of The D.C. Establishment

Rep. Liz Cheney is expected to lose by at least 20 points in today’s primary in Wyoming. But she doesn’t seem to really care. Long known in D.C. circles as hating interactions with Americans outside the beltway, representing Wyoming voters was not something she ever considered a particularly important aspect of her role in D.C.

Listening to the corporate media and the D.C. establishment, one would think Cheney is history’s greatest hero, a political martyr who put “principle over party,” and who courageously stood up against Republican voters and their strong support of the party’s most recent president, support which Beltway insiders find unseemly.

Such simplistic and error-ridden sound bites work well in D.C., but not in the rest of America. CNN went to Wyoming to defend Cheney as “Upholding the rule of law, defending the Constitution,” referring to her work on the Jan. 6 show trial. Wyoming voter Brett Kupec made short shrift of the talking point. “If that was the ‘rule of law,’ why doesn’t [Trump] have a defense team in that courtroom?” Kupec said. “That ain’t the rule of law. That’s a kangaroo court. That’s not the Wyoming way.”

In fact, there’s nothing heroic about denying political enemies due process, or helping your constituents’ political opponents with their Stalinist show trials. Seething hatred of Trump is not a principle, or at least certainly not one worth defending at the expense of the republic and its health.

She’s not the hero that her media fans claim her to be. She’s also not a martyr. This is not some brave Wyomingite who stood strong on principle after she failed to persuade her constituents to follow her. Cheney has always used Wyoming and the Republican Party for personal ambition and to push discredited and politically toxic foreign policy.

She first tried to force herself onto Wyomingites in 2014, surprising actual Wyoming resident Mike Enzi by announcing her plan to primary him for the U.S. Senate seat. Her Facebook post announcing her run was geotagged from her actual home in McLean, Virginia, a place populated by government bureaucrats, defense contractors, and lobbyists. The jeans she wore to pretend she understood Wyoming values stained her hands blue because they were so new. She had to withdraw from that race in disgrace, but was elected to the U.S. House in 2016 after Rep. Cynthia Lummis resigned. She rarely went “home” to Wyoming, and was notorious for canceling events or simply not showing up to them.

Cheney quickly kneecapped Cathy McMorris Rogers to become GOP conference chair, but was ousted within years from that position. It wasn’t just that she joined Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s plot to impeach President Donald Trump, but that she failed to be an effective conference chair, exploiting it for personal gain. Unlike McMorris Rogers, her predecessor, or her successor Elise Stefanik, Cheney didn’t raise meaningful money for other members.

Cheney helped spread false rumors about Russians paying bounties in Afghanistan, a story that was widely used by Republican opponents to harm Trump and his supporters. But she stood by and did little to nothing when Biden led the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Cheney is not a hero, and not a martyr, but a privileged child of establishment D.C., so reliant on her family name that her closing ad used the dynasty she was born into as a crutch.

The media’s Joan of Arc-esque framing has already been in the works for quite some time, after Cheney became a break-out star in this summer’s blockbuster TV hit — the Jan. 6 House committee hearings (season two airs in September) — and vowed to do everything in her power to block Trump from becoming president ever again. A New York Times profile actually described Cheney’s likely primary loss as “her martyrdom” and “a proving ground for her new crusade.” Another piece by The New Yorker makes Cheney sound like one of the 300 Spartans who gave their lives defending Greece in the Battle of Thermopylae. Democrat and actor Alec Baldwin is actually calling Cheney the “Nalvany of our current political culture.” And a Washington Post article hints at a possible presidential run. 

Left-wing donors have come out in droves to fill Cheney’s campaign coffers. Cheney’s campaign received $950,000 in contributions from Texas bigwigs alone. She’s raised triple the amount of her opponent, in the tens of millions of dollars. And yet no one is asking genuine questions about why the polls show Cheney losing by nearly 30 points

Perhaps Beltway elites should take off their Trump Derangement Syndrome-colored glasses and talk to the average Wyoming voter and discover why Cheney’s impending canonization may be a bit premature. Republicans in Wyoming are concerned about inflation and high energy prices. They want someone who works for the state of Wyoming and its constituents and represents conservative values. And yes, they agree with the vast majority of Republican voters that Trump was a very good president who deserves credit for fighting the D.C. establishment that is destroying the country. They hate Cheney’s foreign policy and what it has done to national security. 

Americans and their desires are obstacles in the mind of the D.C. beltway. That’s why, after Cheney’s primary loss today, they’ll start grooming her for a presidential run (“Cheney and a small but influential bloc of anti-Trump Republicans have decided that there must be a 2024 candidate who will run as an unabashed opponent of both the ex-president and other contenders who spew his mistruths about the 2020 election,” the Post reports). She’ll be offered multi-million-dollar book deals, embark on a “Trump Apology” speaking tour, and hobnob with Never-Trump elites at Georgetown cocktail parties. Cheney will profit handsomely from these new ventures — her net worth is already estimated at $15 million — as her political capital increases and donors from the left and the right rally to her cause.

Cheney didn’t sacrifice anything by going after Trump and losing her House seat. With media contracts, book deals, and plum positions in the military-industrial complex, she’ll continually be met with thunderous applause by the D.C. establishment that’s grown increasingly detached from Americans. She’s no martyr.

The Federalist’s Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway contributed to this report.


Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.

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FBI Says Agency Followed ‘Seizure Procedures’ After Donald Trump’s Passports Were Seized in Raid 

FBI Says Agency Followed ‘Seizure Procedures’ After Donald Trump’s Passports Were Seized in Raid 

The FBI on Tuesday issued a rare statement defending its seizure procedures after former President Donald Trump said on Monday the agency “stole” his “passports” during the raid on his Mar-a-Lago private residence.

“In executing search warrants, the FBI follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes,” the FBI stated.

The FBI’s statement appears unusual because it almost never comments on such matters. The statement may have been issued to counteract Trump’s control of the narrative about the raid that look place on August 8.

On Monday, Trump, along with media outlets, called for the affidavit on which the search warrant was based to be released to the public. “I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN. Also, the Judge on this case should recuse!” he said on Truth Social.

Prosecutors oppose publicly releasing the affidavit because it would “likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses,” they wrote.

“The magistrate judge who signed the search warrant, Bruce E. Reinhart, will ultimately decide whether the affidavit should be released. It is unclear when he will rule on the news media’s request,” the New York Times reported.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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Report: Merrick Garland Waited Weeks to Approve Warrant for Mar-a-Lago Search 

Report: Merrick Garland Waited Weeks to Approve Warrant for Mar-a-Lago Search 

Attorney General Merrick Garland reportedly waited weeks to approve the search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago private residence.

While the establishment media suggested “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items the FBI” sought in the raid of Mar-a-Lago, it took weeks for Garland to make up his mind on whether to approve the warrant, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

“The decision had been the subject of weeks of meetings between senior Justice Department and FBI officials, the people said,” the Journal reported. “The warrant allowed agents last Monday to seize classified information and other presidential material from Mar-a-Lago.”

After the raid and significant public pressure, the Justice Department filed a motion in court to release the FBI’s property receipt of the 28 inventory items federal agents seized. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart agreed to make the search warrant public the next day.

On Monday, Donald Trump said the FBI “stole” his “passports” in last week’s raid. The passports were not independently itemized on the FBI’s property receipt of the 28 inventory items federal agents seized.

The warrant, signed by Reinhart and approved by Garland, did not state that they could take Trump’s passport. Typically, the government needs a separate court order to seize someone’s passport, even temporarily.

CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell contradicted Trump’s statement and claimed that “[a]ccording to a DOJ official, the FBI is NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passports.”

After the report, Trump’s team released an email from Jay Bratt, the top counterintelligence official in the Justice Department’s national security division, which confirmed Trump’s passports were seized in the raid of Mar-a-Lago the previous Monday. The email also said the passports would be returned to the Trump “at 2 PM today.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The department Monday asked a judge not to make public the affidavit on which the search warrant was based, as some news-media outlets had sought, writing in a court filing that the document contains ‘critically important investigative facts’ about witnesses and tactics.”

Prosecutors explained they do not want the affidavit made public because it would “likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses,” they wrote.

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Donald Trump Demands Justice Department Release Affidavit Used to Justify Mar-a-Lago Raid

Donald Trump Demands Justice Department Release Affidavit Used to Justify Mar-a-Lago Raid

Former President Donald Trump on Monday called for the Department of Justice to release the affidavit used to justify the raid of his home at Mar-a-Lago.

“[I]n the interest of TRANSPARENCY, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN,” Trump wrote on social media.

The release of the affidavit would reveal the facts used to justify the raid, a decision that Attorney General Merrick Garland said was not taken “lightly” and only after taking “less intrusive means.”

Trump criticized the Justice Department, arguing there was no way to justify the raid of a former president by the administration of a current president.

The Justice Department opposes the release of the affidavit, arguing in a court filing Monday they needed to “protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security” and protect information about witnesses in the case.

Multiple media organizations and government transparency organization Judicial Watch have filed a motion to unseal the warrant and supporting materials behind the raid.

“No administration should be able to raid the home of a former president and putative presidential candidate based on ‘secret’ reasons,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement reacting to the filing from the Justice Department.

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Trump Haters Duped by False DOJ Media Spin over Seized Passports

Trump haters immediately fell for the Department of Justice’s media spin over Donald Trump’s seized passports before the former president’s team proved it false.

On Monday, former President Trump claimed on his social media site TruthSocial that the FBI “stole” his passports during the raid on his home that shook the political world last week.

“In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else,” he said. “This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country. Third World!”

Hours later, Norah O’Donnell of CBS News said that a DOJ official told that the former president’s passports were not in their possession, one of which presumably would have been a diplomatic passport.

“According to a DOJ official, the FBI is NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passports. Trump had accused the FBI of stealing his three passports during the search of his Mar-a-Lago home,” O’Donnell announced on Monday.

Shortly after Norah’s post, Taylor Budowich, the former president’s communications director, shared an email from Jay Bratt, the top counterintelligence official in the Justice Department’s national security division, confirming that three passports were seized in the raid and that they would be returned to the former president soon.

“We have learned that the filter agents seized three passports belonging to President Trump, two expired and one being his active diplomatic passport. We are returning them, and they will be ready for pick up at WFO at 2 PM today,” the email to Trump’s attorneys read.

Prior to the debunked claim that Norah O’Donnell immediately amended, some of the former president’s biggest haters pounced, claiming that he either lied or that his passports were rightfully seized.

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Tucker Carlson Reacts to the FBI Raid on President Trump’s Home

Tucker Carlson Reacts to the FBI Raid on President Trump’s Home

Returning from a vacation that coincided with the FBI raid on President Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered an extensive monologue upon his return Monday night.

Beginning by questioning the baseline assumptions, Carlson walks through the events as they are known. WATCH:

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Wyoming and Alaska Primary Elections Tomorrow – Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski Face MAGA Challengers

Wyoming and Alaska Primary Elections Tomorrow – Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski Face MAGA Challengers

One-way voters in Wyoming and Alaska could sound a resounding message of support for President Trump would be to succeed in the primary challenges to Liz Cheney (U-Wyoming) and Lisa Murkowski (U-Alaska) on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON – Cheney faces daunting prospects in her effort to fend off the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, increasingly looking at a life beyond Capitol Hill that could include a possible presidential campaign. Murkowski, however, is expected to advance from her primary and is already planning to compete in the November general election.

The anticipated outcomes at least partially stem from the nuanced politics of each state. Wyoming is a Republican stronghold, delivering Trump his strongest victory of any state in the 2020 campaign. Alaska, meanwhile, has a history of rewarding candidates with an independent streak.

But Murkowski enjoys an additional advantage in the way elections are being conducted in Alaska this year. Winner-take-all party primaries, like the one Cheney is facing, have been replaced by a voter-approved process in which all candidates are listed together. The four who get the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election in which ranked voting will be used.

Murkowski benefits from avoiding a Republican primary, “which she would have had a zero percent — I mean zero percent — chance of winning,” said Alaska pollster Ivan Moore.

Murkowski has 18 challengers in her primary, the most prominent being Republican Kelly Tshibaka, whom Trump has endorsed. (READ MORE)

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Trump Team Drops Email Proving FBI Wrongly Seized Passports After Media, DOJ Attempted to Mislead Public with Spin

Trump Team Drops Email Proving FBI Wrongly Seized Passports After Media, DOJ Attempted to Mislead Public with Spin

Donald Trump’s legal team demolished the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) media spin that denied having the former president’s passports in their possession following the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago last week.

On Monday, former President Trump claimed on his social media site TruthSocial that the FBI “stole” his passports during the raid that shook the political world last week.

“In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else,” he said. “This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country. Third World!”

As Breitbart News noted, the passports were “not independently itemized on the FBI’s property receipt of the 28 inventory items federal agents seized.”

“The warrant, which Attorney General Merrick Garland says he approved and was signed by Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, did not state that they could take Trump’s passport,” the report noted. “Typically, the government needs a separate court order to seize someone’s passport, even temporarily.”

According to Norah O’Donnell of CBS News, a DOJ official said the former president’s passports were in their possession, one of which presumably would have been a diplomatic passport.

“According to a DOJ official, the FBI is NOT in possession of former President Trump’s passports. Trump had accused the FBI of stealing his three passports during the search of his Mar-a-Lago home,” O’Donnell announced on Monday.

Shortly after Norah’s post, Taylor Budowich, the former president’s communications director, shared an email from Jay Bratt, the top counterintelligence official in the Justice Department’s national security division, confirming that three passports were seized in the raid and that they would be returned to the former president soon.

“We have learned that the filter agents seized three passports belonging to President Trump, two expired and one being his active diplomatic passport. We are returning them, and they will be ready for pick up at WFO at 2 PM today,” the email to Trump’s attorneys read.

Norah O’Donnell amended her initial statement in light of the new information.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Donald Trump warned about the “tremendous anger” brewing in the country following the raid on his private residence.

“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country—at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times,” Trump said.

Paul Bois joined Breitbart News in the summer of 2021 after previously working as a writer for TruthRevolt and The Daily Wire. He has written thousands of news articles on a variety of topics, from current events to pop-cultural trends. Follow him on Twitter @Paulbois39

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