Former Vice President Dick Cheney has railed against Donald Trump and the “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party in an ad released by his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney, as she faces the toughest election of her political career.
Mr. Cheney held nothing back in his criticism of the former president, whom he accused of leading a violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate US government and called the greatest threat to the United States in the history of the more than two-century democracy.
“In the 246-year history of our nation, there has never been a person who poses a greater threat to our democracy than Donald Trump,” the former vice president and former Republican leader said in the ad released this week, scrutinizing the CAMERA.
“He tried to steal the last election by using lies and violence to stay in power after the voters rejected him,” said Cheney, who added that he believed most Republicans knew deep down that Trump was plotting the 2020 election. were baseless.
The warnings are likely to fall on deaf ears in Ms. Cheney’s district, where a former staffer, Harriet Hageman, is challenging the congresswoman for her seat and, according to all polls, is likely to defeat the incumbent in two weeks. A survey released last month suggested Ms Hageman could gain as many as 20 points.
But beyond the GOP’s far-right electorate, the video is a sign of how hardened the GOP’s old guard has become against Donald Trump and his efforts to maintain control of the party heading into 2024, especially after the January 6.
Many prominent GOP figures who have left politics over the past decade, such as former House Speaker Paul Ryan, have backed the few House and Senate Republicans who supported Mr. Trump’s second impeachment while his leading candidates party across the country continue to veer in the opposite direction.
Her lone Republican colleague on the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, declined to even run for re-election this year as he faced the same political reality of battling an opponent with Donald Trump’s endorsement in his primary.
Opposing the former president’s lies about the 2020 election and trying to block a peaceful transition of power from his administration to Joe Biden remains a dangerous prospect for Republicans. In June, South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice lost the GOP nomination for his seat to a Trump-backed challenger because of his own support in his second impeachment attempt.