He didn’t mention the fact that Heijman was part of an effort to keep the presidential nomination from him at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Calling Mr Trump the ‘weakest candidate,’ Ms Heijman credits her rise to Democrats, whom she claimed she voted for in the Republican primary.
“He denounced Mr Trump as a fanatical candidate who would repel voters Republicans needed to win a national election, warning that the GOP would be saddled with ‘racists and xenophobics. “
What happened He Harriet Heisman? Well, Trump won – not only the Republican nomination but also the White House. And Heijman swiftly changed his tune.
Heijman told the Times of his previous criticism, “I had heard and believed the lies told by Democrats and Liz Cheney’s friends in the media at the time, but it’s ancient history because I quickly realized that against President Trump.” His allegations were false.” Trump. “He was the greatest president of my lifetime, and I am proud to be able to nominate him again in 2020. And I am proud to strongly support him today,”
Talk about the excitement of converting! The truth is that Hejman had no knowledge of Trump at all. Instead, he, like many other Republicans who expressed considerable skepticism about the billionaire businessman’s prospect of leading his party, simply succumbed to political gains.
And so Heijman, no dummy and ambitious for office (she finished third in the 2018 Republican primary for governor) threw her a lot — it all — with Trump.
Don’t believe Hejman’s flip-flop on Trump was politically motivated? Consider what he thought of Cheney, the woman he’s racing to defeat next year, as recently as 2016.
“I know Liz Cheney is a proven, courageous, constitutional conservative who has the education, background, and experience to effectively fight for Wyoming on a national level,” Heijman said at the time. “Concerted efforts have been and will continue to force true conservatives to sit down and shut up. Those efforts never worked on me and I know they will not work and will have no effect on Liz Cheney. I am proud to introduce Liz Cheney as the next Congressional Representative from the great state of Wyoming.”
What has changed in the intervening five years, you ask, that would change Heijman’s views on Cheney so radically?
That split between Cheney and Trump created an opportunity. And Heijman, clearly an opportunist, jumped on it. Even if she needed to completely discard — in the most transparent way — her past views on both Trump and Cheney.
This is what Trumpism has done in the Republican Party. Because the former president requires absolute, unquestioning loyalty, people like Heijman are willing to do whatever they want to win his support. Even if it includes everything you once said you believed.