Trump criticized by Dick Cheney as the former vice president stars in his daughter’s latest ad
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is calling former President Donald Trump a “coward” and arguing that Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is “fearless” as she stars in the latest ad released by his daughter’s re-election campaign.
“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump. He tried to steal the last election by using lies and violence to stay in power. power after voters had rejected her,” the elder Cheney says in the ad, which the younger Cheney began running Thursday, a week and a half before she faces a Trump-endorsed challenger in the Wyoming’s only congressional seat in the Republican congressional primaries.
“He’s a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost the election and he lost big. I know it, he knows it and deep down I think most Republicans know it,” says the former vice president. as it points to Trump’s repeated unproven claims that his 2020 election loss to President Biden was due to massive voter fraud.
Liz Cheney was the most advanced of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The attack was fronted by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters seeking to disrupt congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.
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Cheney, a conservative lawmaker and defense hawk, was immediately verbally attacked by Trump and his allies, and in May of last year, she was ousted from her position as the number three leader of the House GOP. .
He has emphasized the importance of defending the nation’s democratic process and putting country before party, and is one of only two Republicans on a special select committee organized by House Democrats investigating the Capitol riots . The committee made headlines and garnered a lot of national attention this summer as it held televised hearings.
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Trump, stepping up his efforts to oust Cheney from Congress, endorsed Harriet Hageman when she entered the race last summer. And the former president and his allies successfully urged some, but not all, of the other anti-Cheney candidates to drop out of the primaries and rally around Hageman.
Cheney’s campaign tells Fox News that the new ad will run statewide in Wyoming on television and on digital and streaming platforms and is backed by a six-figure buy.
In the spot, the former vice president says he and his wife, former second lady Lynne Cheney, “are so proud of Liz for standing up for the truth, doing what’s right, honoring her oath to the Constitution when so many in our The party itself is too afraid to do that. Liz is not afraid. She never backs down from a fight.”
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“There is nothing more important he will do than lead the effort to make sure Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again. And he will,” says the former second-in-command. “I’m Dick Cheney. I proudly voted for my daughter. And I hope you do too.”
Cheney got a break in March when the Wyoming legislature decided not to scrap same-day party registration in the primary, which would have prevented Democrats from crossing party lines and registering as Republicans to vote for her in the state primaries. The move by the Wyoming legislature was seen as a defeat for Trump and his allies, who pushed to end the party’s registration the same day.
Trump’s repeated attacks on Cheney have also fueled his record fundraising over the past year. But while Cheney has enjoyed a huge fundraising lead over Hageman, the most recent primary poll suggested Hageman had a large double-digit lead over the incumbent incumbent.
Cheney, in two recent Sunday talk show appearances, noted that his leadership role on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee outweighs his efforts to win re-election to a fourth term representing Wyoming in the House.
“I’m working hard to win every vote,” Cheney said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” But he stressed: “Given the choice between keeping my seat in the House of Representatives, on the one hand, or ensuring the survival of our constitutional republic and making sure that the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I will choose the Constitution and the truth every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”
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Hageman campaign adviser Tim Murtaugh said in a statement to Fox News that “Liz Cheney should drop the pretense of running for re-election. She has been raising money from Democrats in California and New York for months his fever dream of running for president.”
“Voters know that he has abandoned his job of representing Wyoming and is instead pursuing his own personal war with Donald Trump,” Murtaugh said. “That’s why people are fed up with her, and this ad just reinforces that point. This ad will raise more dollars from Democrats, but in a GOP race in Wyoming it’s just reminding people why they’re voting for Harriet Hageman.”