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Harriet Hageman, the Republican nominee for Wyoming’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, predicted Wednesday that her primary victory over Rep. Liz Cheney would serve as a beacon for the rest of the country, which she described as “fed up” with Washington, D.C., and its “corruption.”
In an interview with Fox News Digital following her primary election win, Hageman said her victory was a direct reflection of Wyoming voters rejecting Cheney as their representative, as well as their dissatisfaction with her and Democrats’ treatment of former President Donald Trump. She laid out her intention to bring Washington, D.C., back to prioritizing “accountability and success.”
“Wyoming has spoken, and it was a resounding victory,” Hageman said when asked how she felt following her win. “I think that it is a reflection on a couple of things. One is Liz Cheney. It’s a reflection on her and the fact that we don’t want her allegedly representing us in Congress anymore.”
“It was also, I think, a reflection on what happened last week in Mar-a-Lago,” she added, referring to the FBI’s unannounced raid on Trump’s Florida home earlier this month.
Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman speaks during her primary election night party in Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S., August 16, 2022. (REUTERS/Eli Imadali)
Hageman, who was endorsed by Trump last year in response to Cheney’s vote to impeach him following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, has been a staunch defender of the former president and has spoken out on the continued investigations targeting him over his time in the White House.
She says that Wyomingites agree, arguing that they see through what “rogue agencies” like the FBI and DOJ are doing, as well as the effort by Congress “to destroy President Trump rather than govern the country.”
“Washington, D.C., has become too big and too corrupt,” she said. “I think that there are a lot of people in Washington, D.C., both Republicans and Democrats, who don’t care whose in power so long as they are, and we need to change that.”
“We need to bring the power back to the people. We need to return the power to the states where it belongs. We need to actually adhere to our constitutional construct, which is separation of powers, being regulatory agencies and unelected bureaucrats have essentially taken over the role of legislating in this country. And that needs to fundamentally change,” she added.
Hageman said that the people of Wyoming, and Americans as a whole, were ready for “serious leaders” to take charge and solve the problems persisting across the country, naming decades-high inflation, open borders, the drug crisis, and the war on fossil fuel and energy industries as some of the top issues happening under the Biden administration’s watch.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, gives a concession speech to supporters during a primary night event on August 16, 2022 in Jackson, Wyoming. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“The people of Washington, D.C., are not serious, and they didn’t like President Trump because he recognized everyday, family-dinner-table issues that are important to the citizens of the United States, and he attempted to deliver,” she said.
“The last thing that people in Washington, D.C., want is accountability and success,” she added. “We want serious leaders who are going to start putting aside the nonsense and focus on the issues that are important.”
Hageman said that one of her main focuses as a congresswoman would be legislation addressing the need for increased domestic energy production. She cited the vast reduction in U.S. oil and gas production under the Biden administration and attributed that to the record-high gas prices plaguing Americans in recent weeks.
“None of this is rocket science. I’d take any average, everyday person off the street in Wyoming who could figure this stuff out inside of about 10 minutes. This isn’t complicated,” she said.
Hageman predicted Republicans would see “huge” success in the November midterm elections and declared that Wyoming was speaking for the rest of the country in its rejection of Cheney.
Republican Wyoming congressional candidate Harriet Hageman with former President Donald Trump at a rally on May 28, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)
“Wyoming has spoken, and Wyoming is speaking on behalf of people all across this great country. We’re fed up. We’re just flat fed up. And there’s going to be a red wave in November, and I’m excited to be a part of it. We need to take our country back,” she said.
“I have talked about accountability. I’ve talked about my policies. I’ve talked about protection of our energy industries and the importance of energy independence, regulatory reform and what we need to do to get on top of it and get our country back,” she said.
“I think all of those things came together last night, and the folks in Wyoming have spoken, and they’ve said that they are really looking forward to having someone who is from Wyoming, cares about Wyoming and is going to represent Wyoming,” she added.
Hageman will now face Democratic nominee Lynnette GreyBull in the November general election but is expected to cruise to victory.
Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.