WASHINGTON– With her competitive main event less than two weeks away, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., is out on strike new ad on Thursday with a direct testimony from her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, defending his daughter and warning against former President Donald Trump, who has backed Cheney’s top challenger.
“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been a person who poses a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” said the former vice president. “He tried to steal the last election, using lies and violence to keep himself in power after voters rejected him.”
As the three-year-old Republican congresswoman goes for a fiercely anti-Trump message, her Wyoming powerhouse father, in the scathing 30 seconds, calls Trump a “coward” and says, “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,” he said, wearing a cowboy hat and an “I Voted” sticker.
Cheney said he and his wife are “proud” of his “fearless” daughter because she “honors her oath to the Constitution despite the fear of so many in our party.”
“There is nothing more important she will ever do than lead efforts to ensure Donald Trump is never again or in the Oval Office. And she will succeed,” he said.
Liz Cheney faces a competitive primary for Wyoming’s only congressional district on August 16 against challenger Harriet Hageman, an attorney who ran for Wyoming governor in 2018 and champions the widely debunked conspiracy that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Trump. Asked at a candidates’ forum on Wednesday to clarify her stance, Hageman said, “The election was rigged.”
“Like many Wyomingits, I supported Liz Cheney when she ran for Congress,” Hageman said when she announced her bid last September, the same day Trump endorsed her. “But then she betrayed Wyoming, she betrayed this country, and she betrayed me.”
Responding to news of Trump’s support in a tweet, Cheney said, “Here’s a soundbite for you: bring it.”
A vocal critic of Trump’s opposition to a peaceful transfer of power, Cheney first drew Trump’s ire when she was one of 10 Republicans to vote to charge him with “insurgency incitement” after the Jan. 6 attack. In the months that followed, the GOP of the House of Representatives removed her as chair of the GOP conference, and her eventual rank as Republican No. 3 in the House of Representatives was stripped, and the Wyoming GOP reprimanded her and no longer recognized her as a member – – Backlash encouraged by Trump.
The attacks escalated when Cheney accepted a position on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. As the committee’s vice chair, she acted like a federal prosecutor in a series of public hearings when she presented a case in which Trump was involved in what the committee called an “elaborate seven-point plan” to win the election tilt.
Although Cheney’s voting record portrays her as a recognized Republican, she sides with Trump on political matters 93% of the time — versus the 78% of her successor in the House leadership, Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y. — and she carries an “A” rating from the NRA and a 96% ranking from the conservative Heritage Foundation, her criticism of fellow Republicans for downplaying the January 6 events has made her a party runaway. Cheney’s support in 2020 was strong with 68.6% of the vote in the general election and an even stronger turnout in the Republican primary with 73.5% of the vote there — but the upcoming primary pits voters against their first test since taking office Trump.
In a preview of Cheney’s fate this week, Michigan’s Rep. Peter Meijer became the second Republican to back Trump’s impeachment to lose his primary. Only Rep. David Valadao of California narrowly survived his race. (Four lawmakers are not running for re-election, and two others are too close to call at the Washington state races.)
She told ABC News This Week co-host Jonathan Karl that she knew her vote for impeachment Trump was not popular with many of her constituents, but said she was committed to ensuring voters in her state had theirs Understanding arguments – and why that shouldn’t mean the end of her political career.
“The people of Wyoming fundamentally believe in the Constitution and in their allegiance and our oath,” Cheney said. “If the choice is between someone that Donald Trump decides will anoint and that person’s basis for being in this race is their loyalty to one person, Donald Trump, every day I will week against stacking my record and my commitment to the Constitution and my commitment to the people of Wyoming.”
She told Karl in another interview in July that she doesn’t rule out running for president as a Republican or an independent “in the future,” but said, “The most important thing is to protect the nation from Donald Trump.”
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https://6abc.com/dick-cheney-video-donald-trump-liz-wyoming-primary-election/12100700/ Former Vice President Dick Cheney defends daughter Liz, slams Donald Trump in new Wyoming primary ad