Former United States Vice President Dick Cheney returned to the political scene on Thursday by calling the former president of his same party, Donald Trump, a “coward” in a television ad recorded to help his daughter’s political career.
Cheney, who was George W. Bush’s vice president (2001-2009) and left politics with a high degree of unpopularity, is the father of the Republican Congresswoman from Wyoming Liz Cheney, openly opposed to Trump and one of the only two conservatives in the committee investigating the assault on the Capitol.
“He’s a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election and he lost it big. I know it, he knows it, and I think most Republicans know it too,” Cheney says in the TV ad. .
Her daughter, Liz, will face the Republican Party primaries on August 16 in which all the polls indicate that she is well below her opponent, Harriet Hageman, who has the support of Trump.
Dick and Liz Cheney were in January of this year the only prominent Republicans who attended the commemorative events for the first anniversary of the assault on the Capitol.
In statements to the press, the former vice president then assured that the commemoration was a “historic event” and said he was “disappointed” by the fact that the Republican Party “does not have better leadership.”
In May 2021, conservatives dethroned Liz Cheney from her position as “number three” in the party for refuting the former president’s lies about fraud in the presidential election won by Biden.
On January 6 of last year, some 10,000 people – most of them Trump supporters – marched towards the Capitol and some 800 stormed inside the building to prevent the victory of the now US president, Joe Biden, against Trump, the Republican candidate, from being ratified. in the November 2020 elections.
The former president, who refused to accept his defeat against Biden in the 2020 election, gave a rally to his supporters just before the assault, in which he encouraged the crowd to march to the Capitol and “fight” to prevent it from being certified. the election result.