Big Money Donor Peter Thiel Hosts Fundraiser for Liz Cheney’s Primary Opponent, Harriet Hageman

Harriet Hageman

Venture capitalist and Republican megadonor Peter Thiel on Wednesday hosted a fundraiser for Democrat-allied Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WV) primary opponent, Harriet Hageman.

Hageman, who has been picking up momentum to defeat Cheney in a crowded race, won the much-coveted financial backing of Thiel.

During the event held in Thiel’s Florida home, the megadonor reportedly called Cheney the “ringleader” of the “treasonous ten” in reference to those House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump.

“The way we’re going to defeat the left, the way we’re going to roll them back, it’s going to start in the Republican Party,” Thiel reportedly said.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Peter Thiel, Partner, Founders Fund, speaks at the New York Times DealBook conference on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Peter Thiel, Partner speaks at the New York Times DealBook conference on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

“That’s where we have some problems, we’ve got to clean house there first,” Thiel added about his strategy to push the GOP towards American First policies.

Liz Cheney (Anna Moneymaker / Getty)

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), vice-chair of the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, speaks during a business meeting on Capitol Hill on Capitol Hill on December 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Thiel’s fundraiser for Hageman comes as a January straw poll revealed Hageman holds a commanding lead over Cheney.

By secret ballot, Hageman earned 59 votes and Cheney was given only 6, meaning Hageman won by 53. The poll was conducted by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee among GOP activists.

“I think it’s a good sign. It’s not an endorsement, but these are the county activists,” Hageman said of the poll.

Hageman also told Breitbart News that Cheney does not represent the priorities of Wyoming’s voters.

“Liz Cheney has lost Wyoming. Liz Cheney doesn’t live in Wyoming. She doesn’t represent us. She doesn’t represent our values,” she said.

In November, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

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