Former President Donald Trump crowed on social media Wednesday about the success of candidates he endorsed in Tuesday’s primary elections — particularly reveling in the defeat of a Republican incumbent in South Carolina who voted to impeach him after last year’s Capitol riot.
“Every single endorsed by Trump candidate won last night, by big margins, with the exception of one very long shot who did FAR better than anticipated against an incumbent,” Trump said on Truth Social.
“The ‘Impeacher’ was ousted without even a runoff. A GREAT night!,” added the former president, referring to Rep. Tom Rice’s defeat in the Palmetto State’s 7th District by state Rep. Russell Fry.
Rice was one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on a single count of incitement of insurrection following the riot that disrupted congressional certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Trump was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
The “long shot” Trump referred to was former South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington, whom he endorsed in the 1st District primary against incumbent GOPer Nancy Mace.
Mace was initially highly critical of Trump over the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, but has since tempered her comments. She survived Arrington’s challenge by 7.8 percentage points.
In a subsequent post, Trump predicted that GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, will suffer the same fate as Rice.
“Same thing’s going to happen in Wyoming to Virginia ‘resident’ Liz Cheney, that happened in South Carolina to Congressman ‘Impeach Master’ Tom Rice, who lost as an incumbent by 28 points!,” he said.
“To me she is nothing less than a war criminal who has done a TERRIBLE job for the Great State of Wyoming!,” Trump continued.
Cheney, who also voted to impeach the 45th president last year, is trailing in the polls against Trump-supported Harriet Hageman in Wyoming’s Republican House primary.
Cheney, who was ousted from her role as House GOP conference chair in favor of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in May of last year, has been front and center during the Jan. 6 committee’s two public hearings so far.
Trump-endorsed candidates also prevailed in Nevada, most notably former Silver State Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who will face Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto this fall.
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