Dick Cheney has labeled Donald Trump the greatest “threat to our republic,” in a new campaign ad for his daughter, Liz Cheney, who is running for reelection in Wyoming.
“In the 236-year history of our country, there has never been a person more threatening our republic than Donald Trump,” said Cheney, who served as vice president for two terms under George W Bush.
Cheney said: “He tried to steal the last election with lies and violence to keep himself in power after voters rejected him.
“He’s a coward. 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.”
Cheney went on to talk about how proud he was of his daughter “to defend the truth, to do good and to honor her oath to the Constitution when so many in our party are too afraid to do that”.
The one-minute ad featured the elder Cheney’s sharpest public attacks against Trump yet. He is best known as the most powerful vice president in US history and a major figure in leading the US to war in Iraq. He has defended his daughter in her fight against Trump.
“There is nothing more important she will ever do than make the effort to ensure that Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office. And she will succeed,” he said in the ad.
The younger Cheney has been widely acclaimed by liberals as vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. Cheney has been one of Trump’s most targeted critics, accusing him of violating the Constitution for his role in the insurgency.
In return, she has been largely banned from her party. Cheney faces a tough reelection battle against Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman, who claims the 2020 election has been stolen.
“Liz Cheney has long forgotten she works for Wyoming (or maybe she never knew), not for the radical Democrats,” Hageman says. tweeted on Thursday. “Wyoming deserves a congressman who will represent us AND our conservative values. It’s time to retire the elite Liz Cheney.”
Although Cheney has at least $1 million more in donations for her campaign against Hageman, she was 22 points behind Hageman in a July poll conducted by the Casper Star-Tribune.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Cheney said she doesn’t expect to lose on August 16.
“I do believe that the people of Wyoming fundamentally understand how important constitutional faithfulness is — understanding how important it is that we fight for those fundamental principles upon which everything else is based,” she said.