Former Vice President Dick Cheney came out swinging against Donald Trump and the “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party in an announcement made by his daughter, Congressman Liz Cheney, as she faces the toughest election of her political life.
Nothing stopped Cheney from his criticism of the former president, whom he blamed for leading a violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate American government and calling it the greatest threat to the United States in the republic’s more than two-century history.
The former vice president and former Republican leader said in the ad released this week, looking sternly directly into a camera.
“He tried to steal the last election with lies and violence to stay in power after voters rejected him,” Cheney said, adding that he believes most Republicans know deep down that Mr. Trump’s conspiracies about the 2020 election are baseless.
The warnings are likely to fall on deaf ears in the Cheney area, where a former employee, Harriet Hageman, challenges the congresswoman to her seat, and all polls likely will outperform the incumbent within two weeks. A poll released last month suggested Ms. Hageman could win by up to 20 points.
But regardless of the far-right electorate in the GOP primaries, the video is a sign of how tough the GOP’s old guard is against Donald Trump and his efforts to retain control of the party heading into 2024, especially after Jan. 6.
Several prominent GOP figures who have left politics over the past decade, such as former House Speaker Paul Ryan, have thrown their support behind the few Republicans in the House and Senate who supported Trump’s second impeachment while prominent party candidates across the country continue to veer into opposite direction.
Her lone Republican fellow on the Jan. 6 committee, Representative Adam Kinzinger, declined even to run for re-election this year because he faced the same political realities of fighting his opponent by endorsing Donald Trump in his primary.
Opposing the former president’s lies about the 2020 election and trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power from his administration to Joe Biden remains a risky prospect for Republicans; In June, South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice lost the Republican Party’s nomination for his seat to a Trump-backed challenger over his support of a second impeachment effort.