Former Vice President Dick Cheney assailed ex-President Donald Trump as a “coward” and a first-rate threat to the USA in a latest campaign ad for his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney, days before her Republican primary election in Wyoming.
“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been a person who has posed a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” the elder Cheney said in a straight-to-camera ad, which was shared online Thursday afternoon.
“He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to maintain himself in power after the voters had rejected him,” said Cheney, 81, who served for eight years as vp within the George W. Bush administration.
“He’s a coward. An actual man would not mislead his supporters,” Cheney said. “He lost his election and he lost big. I comprehend it, he knows it, and deep down, I feel most Republicans comprehend it.”
The 60-second spot, titled “He Knows It,” will run across Wyoming and online starting Friday, the Cheney campaign said. The ad comes lower than two weeks before the Wyoming Republican primary, where the incumbent Cheney appears to be in trouble.
Cheney is Trump’s biggest Republican critic in Congress and a number one member of the House select committee investigating him over the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. For her refusal to back down from her criticisms of the previous president, she has been largely ostracized by her party and condemned by Trump’s loyal base of Republican voters.
Polls of the Aug. 16 Wyoming primary show Cheney trailing her top Republican opponent, Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, by wide margins. Hageman has echoed Trump’s false claims that his loss to President Joe Biden within the 2020 election was “rigged” by widespread fraud.
Yet Cheney, unlike another House Republicans who voted to question Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot, has kept up her vocal attacks on Trump over the “Big Lie.”
Her persistence can have damaged her standing amongst some Republican voters, however it has not hampered her fundraising efforts: She has far outraised her competitors while assuring key donors and supporters that she’s going to proceed to carry Trump accountable. Dick Cheney has been involved in these talks as well, CNBC previously reported.
“Lynne and I are so happy with Liz for standing up for the reality, doing what’s right, honoring her oath to the Structure when so many in our party are too scared to accomplish that,” Dick Cheney said within the ad.
“Liz is fearless. She never backs down from a fight. There may be nothing more necessary she’s going to ever do than lead the hassle to be sure that Donald Trump isn’t again near the Oval Office. And she’s going to succeed,” he said within the ad.
“I’m Dick Cheney. I proudly voted for my daughter. I hope you’ll too,” he said.