Factbox-Six congressional Republicans targeted by Trump’s revenge endorsements -Breaking
WASHINGTON (Reuters] – Trump, the former President of the United States has endorsed six challengers for congressional Republicans. This is part his attempt to regain power over the party since he lost his reelection campaign to Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump is focusing his fire on the small number of Republican lawmakers that voted to impeach him or convict of him on the charge of inciting a Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Hill riot.
Here are some notable Republicans Trump endorses.
REPRESENTATIVE PETER MIEJER
Meijer is a Grand Rapids resident and a former member of Congress.
Trump supported John Gibbs’ challenge to Meijer on November 15, calling him “a fantastic talent who loves America, the Military, and our Veterans.” Gibbs was a member of Trump’s government.
REPRESENTATIVE: ANTHONY GONZALEZ
Gonzalez, a two-term U.S. representative from Ohio who voted to impeach Trump for inciting supporters to launch a deadly assault on the Capitol, in September became the first of Trump’s targets to withdraw https://www.reuters.com/world/us/republican-congressman-who-voted-impeach-trump-wont-seek-re-election-2021-09-17 from a re-election bid after the former president endorsed a Republican challenger.
Gonzalez’ vote to impeach had been met with a mockery by the Ohio Republican Party. It called upon him in May to resign from his Congress seat. Gonzalez claimed that “the toxic dynamics in our own party” was responsible for Gonzalez’s decision to withdraw. Trump has supported Max Miller, a former White House adviser for Gonzalez’s seat.
REPRESENTATIVE LIZ CHEENEY
Cheney was one of 10 Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment. As the U.S. Representative for Wyoming, she was fired from her post as the No. Following the vote of impeachment, 3 House Republican was removed. Cheney was the son of a prominent Republican family. From 2001 to 2009, his father Dick Cheney was U.S. vice-president. In a Sept. 9 statement endorsing Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-endorses-challenger-republican-cheney-wyoming-house-race-2021-09-09, who is challenging Cheney, Trump called Cheney “disloyal.”
LISA MURKOWSKI, SENATOR
Senator for Alaska, one of seven Republican Senators that voted in favor to impeach Trump and take him out of office. Trump was not convicted. Murkowski is known for her independence streak and long record. She’s the only Republican up for reelection. Trump has supported Kelly Tshibaka (an ex-state administration commissioner) to challenge Murkowski.
REPRESENTATIVE JAIME HERRERA BUTLER
She submitted evidence to the Senate’s trial of Trump against former President Trump as a Washington State representative. Herrera Beutler claimed in a statement that Kevin McCarthy (top House Republican) had shared with her about a conversation he had on Jan. 6, when Trump’s supporters stormed Capitol. Trump responded, “Well Kevin. I guess these people have more to do about the election than me.” Trump has supported the bid of Army veteran Joe Kent to unseat Herrera Beutler. Kent has served in Congress since 2011.
REPRESENTATIVE FRED UPSTON
Upton is a Michigan House representative since 1987. Upton claimed in January that his vote for impeachment was meant to “send the clear message” the United States would not allow a president to impede the peaceful transfer power. Trump has given his support to Steve Carra (Michigan state lawmaker) in the effort to challenge Upton.