Former Vice President Dick Cheney denounced Donald Trump in a new campaign video for his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney, calling the former president a “coward” and saying there has never been anyone who is a “greater threat to our republic.”
The video was released Thursday by Rep. Cheney, two weeks before a Republican primary in Wyoming that the three-year congressman is bracing to lose. Echoing his daughter’s criticism of Trump, Dick Cheney denounced him as a danger to the country through his relentless lies about the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
“In the 246-year history of our nation, there has never been a person more of a threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” Cheney said. “He tried to steal the last election with lies and violence to keep himself in power after voters rejected him.
“He’s a coward,” said Dick Cheney. “A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election, and he lost a lot. I know, he knows, and deep down I think most Republicans know.”
A Trump spokesperson did not immediately return an email seeking comment on the video.
Trump has made beating Liz Cheney a top goal since she voted with nine other House Republicans to impeach him for instigating the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising. She further infuriated him by becoming vice chair of the House committee investigating the riots.
Trump backed attorney Harriet Hageman in Cheney’s primary. While the congresswoman has focused her energies on understanding Trump’s role around the Jan. 6 violence, Hageman has stormed the state, courting small, rural crowds in the traditional form of Wyoming politics, an approach more akin to the approach Cheney himself used a crowded Republican primary field to win the state’s sole House seat in 2016.
Dick Cheney, who served as Vice President to President George W. Bush for eight years, has made no secret of his disdain for Trump and the members of his own party who, especially in the wake of the Capitol riots, shy away from attempts to remove Trump. from office.
In January, Dick Cheney and his daughter were the only two Republicans to attend a pro forma House session on the anniversary of the Capitol riots, together in the front row on the Republican side of the room.
“Well, it’s not leadership like the people I knew when I was here for ten years,” Dick Cheney said after that meeting, noting that there were no other Republicans in the chamber he was a member of in the 1980s. .
Liz Cheney has faced other fallout from her vote to impeach Trump and join the Jan. 6 House committee. Several months after the impeachment vote, the House GOP dumped her from the No. 3 leadership post because of her continued rejection of Trump’s election claims. Federal and state election officials and Trump’s attorney general have said there is no credible evidence that the 2020 election was tainted.
When asked if he was disappointed by the move, Dick Cheney replied, “My daughter can take care of herself.”
In the new video, the former vice president praises his daughter for “standing up for the truth, doing the right thing, keeping her oath to the Constitution when so many in our party are too afraid to do so.”
“There is nothing more important she will ever do than make the effort to ensure that Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again, and she will succeed,” Cheney said. “I proudly voted for my daughter. I hope you will too.”
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