Former President Donald Trump took to social media on Wednesday to tout the success of candidates he backed in Tuesday’s primary elections — most notably the revelation of the defeat of a Republican incumbent in South Carolina who fought last year’s Capitol riots. He then voted to impeach him.
“Everyone backed by a Trump candidate won by a huge margin last night, with the exception of one very long shot, who did FAR better than an incumbent,” Trump said on Truth Social.
“‘Impeachment’ was also carried out without a runoff. A great night!,” said the former president, referring to the defeat of Rep. Tom Rice in the 7th District of Palmetto State by State Representative Russell Fry.
Rice was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on a single count of inciting rebellion following riots that impeded Congress’s certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Trump was eventually acquitted by the Senate.
The “long shot” Trump referred to was former South Carolina state Representative Katie Arrington, whom she supported in the first district primary against incumbent GOPer Nancy Mays.
Mace was initially highly critical of Trump over the January 6, 2021 riots, but has since silenced her comments. She survived Arrington’s challenge by 7.8 percentage points.
In a later post, Trump predicted that GOP Representative Liz Cheney (R-Vy.), the deputy chairman of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riots, would face the same fate as Rice.
“The same thing is going to happen to ‘Resident’ Liz Cheney of Virginia in Wyoming, what happened to Congressman ‘Impeach Master’ Tom Rice in South Carolina, who lost by 28 points to an incumbent!” They said.
“To me he is nothing less than a war criminal who has done a terrible thing for the great state of Wyoming!” Trump continued.
Cheney, who voted to impeach the 45th president last year, is trailing in the Republican House primary in Wyoming against Trump-backed Harriet Heijman.
Cheney, who was removed from her role as House GOP convention chair in May last year in favor of Representative Alice Stefanik (R-NY), has been front and center during the two public hearings of the January 6 committee so far .
Trump-backed candidates also prevailed in Nevada, most notably former Silver State Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who will face Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto this fall.