Move Against Liz Cheney Shows Donald Trump 'Must Be Scared': Adam Kinzinger

Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger has suggested Donald Trump is "scared" of Rep. Liz Cheney winning the GOP primary in Wyoming, following reports the former president is pushing for election laws in the state to be changed.

Kinzinger, who along with Cheney are the only two GOP lawmakers on the House Select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, made the claim while sharing a Politico article on Twitter about how Trump is hoping to change election laws to prevent crossover voting in a primary election.

The move to prevent Democrats or independent voters from participating in the upcoming GOP primary could potentially have major implications for Cheney.

The Republican is one of the most vocal critics of the former president and was recently censured by the Republican National Committee, along with Kinzinger, for her role on the January 6 panel. Trump has endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman for the GOP primary in his bid to force Cheney out of Congress.

"When you can't win, rig the game. Trump must be scared," Kinzinger tweeted.

According to the Politico report, Trump and Club for Growth's David McIntosh have been lobbying Wyoming's Republican governor, Mark Gordon, to back the bill introduced by Republican state Sen. Bo Biteman, in order to prevent Cheney getting votes from Democrats.

"The Governor has had many conversations about this issue, including with President Trump and David McIntosh, however characterizing that as 'pressure' would be incorrect. Governor Gordon is going to do what's best for Wyoming and he respects the legislative process," Michael Pearlman, the communications director for Gordon, told Politico.

Trump publicly backed Biteman's bill in a statement on Thursday.

"The Wyoming State Senate is considering SF0097, introduced by Patriot Senator Bo Biteman, to protect the integrity of Wyoming primary elections. This critically important bill ensures that the voters in each party will separately choose their nominees for the General Election, which is how it should be," Trump said.

"It makes total sense that only Democrats vote in the Democrat primary and only Republicans vote in the Republican primary. This bill has my Complete and Total Endorsement and Support."

Elsewhere, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he is backing Trump's pick Hageman for the at-large seat in Wyoming, rather than the GOP incumbent.

The move is the latest sign that Cheney is becoming further isolated within her own party, and that there will continue to be a split in the GOP between those who are and aren't willing to support what Cheney and Democrats call Trump's "big lie" that the 2020 election was rigged against him.

When asked about the importance of McCarthy's endorsement of Hageman, Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told The Associated Press: "Wow, she must be really desperate."

Trump has been contacted for comment.

Adam Kinzinger trump
Rep Adam Kinzinger has suggested that Donald Trump's backing of changing Wyoming election laws shows he is "scarred" of rep. Liz Chney winning the state's GOP primary. Samuel Corum/Drew Angerer/ Alex Wong/Getty Images