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Dick Cheney Labels Trump A Coward In Last-Ditch Ad For Rep. Liz Cheney Days Before Election

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from relative political seclusion Thursday to castigate former President Donald Trump as a “coward” and a “threat” to the united states in a fresh campaign video for his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who faces tough odds to beat a Trump-backed challenger in her Republican primary later this month.

Then-Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award ceremony in … [+] Washington on March 13, 2007.

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KEY POINTS

Dick Cheney, who served as vice president for just two terms under President George W. Bush and has a resume of Republican political roles dating back to to the Nixon Administration, said Trump attemptedto use “lies and violence to help keep himself in power” after losing the 2020 presidential election.

The former vice president praised his daughter for breaking with the GOP to oppose Trump, stating, “you’ll find nothing more important she’ll ever do than lead your time and effort to ensure Donald Trump is never again close to the Oval Office.”

Liz Cheney faces Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in the August 16 primary for Wyoming’s sole House seatlimited polling of the race suggests Hageman holds a commanding lead.

Crucial Quote

“Inside our nation’s 246-year history, there’s never been a person who was a larger threat to your republic than Donald Trump,” Dick Cheney said at the start of the one-minute clip.

Surprising Fact

Dick Cheney has reportedly sounded off against Trump previously year. The recent book THIS CAN Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by NY Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns states the former vice president described Trump as a maniac. The former vice president also slammed Republicans on the January 6 attack on the Capitol, telling ABC on the riots first anniversary, Im deeply disappointed we dont have better leadership in the Republican party to revive the Constitution.

Key Background

Unseating Cheney is among the top priorities for Trump in the 2022 midterms, and his attacks look like connecting with voters. A Casper Star-Tribune poll released last month found Cheney with only a 27% approval rating among Wyoming Republicans, and much more than 1 / 2 of those surveyed said they’re less inclined to support her due to her service on the home January 6 committee. Cheney has recently paid an immense political price on her behalf vote to impeach Trump and choosing to be on the committee. IN-MAY of 2021, Cheney was forced out of her role as chairwoman of the home Republican Conferencethe third-highest-ranking GOP position in the Houseand the Republican National Committee censured her in February.

Tangent

Only six of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump made a decision to run for reelection, plus they haven’t fared well. Reps. Peter Meijer (Mich.) and Tom Rice (S.C.) lost their GOP primaries, while Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) are struggling in open primary races which have not yet been called. Rep. David Valadao (Calif.) may be the only 1 to survive a primary up to now, but he’s likely to lose handily to his Democratic opponent in the November general election.

Further Viewing

Further Reading

RNC Censures Reps. Liz Cheney And Adam Kinzinger For Serving On Jan. 6 Committee (Forbes)

Rep. Peter MeijerRepublican Who Backed Trump ImpeachmentOusted In Michigan (Forbes)

These 10 Republicans Voted To Impeach Trump WITHIN AN Unprecedented Break From Party (Forbes)

Tom Rice: S.C. Republican Who Voted To Impeach Trump Loses Primary In Mixed Night For Candidates Backed By Ex-President (Forbes)

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