Critics are chastising former Vice President Dick Cheney on Twitter, alleging hypocrisy after he ran a political ad condemning former President Donald Trump as the greatest “threat” in US history.
Cheney appeared in the video released Thursday by the campaign of his daughter, U.S. Representative from Wyoming, Liz Cheney, who faces a tough primary challenge after becoming one of Trump’s main Republican enemies for admonishing him about false claims. claims of a “stolen” 2020 presidential election and his actions on Jan. 6, 2021. In the video, the former vice president made it clear that he agrees with his daughter while urging voters in Wyoming to view the primary as a referendum on Trump and his election lies.
“There has never been a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump,” said Dick Cheney in the video. “He tried to steal the last election with lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters rejected him. He is a coward, a real man would not 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.”
“Liz is fearless,” he added. “She never backs down from a fight. There’s nothing more important she will ever do than lead the way to make sure Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again. And she will.”
Backlash to the video included comments indicating that Cheney’s time as vice president came after former President George W. Bush won the 2000 Florida election by an extremely narrow margin, despite losing the popular vote to former Vice President Al gore. At the time, some Democrats labeled Bush’s victory as a stolen election. Cheney’s actions during the Iraq War were also the subject of heavy criticism.
“Dick Cheney, notorious election thief and all-time liar, now yelling at Trump for trying to steal an election and lying about it, uh-huh,” tweeted writer and web editor Nitish Pahwa.
“And remember I’m a war criminal whose president lost the popular vote and promoted torture,” comic writer Ian Boothby tweeted in response to the video. “So when I say this guy is a piece of shit, it’s a real Dr. Doom warning you about the situation in Dormammu. I’m Dick Cheney and I should be in jail.”
“Counterpoint: It is in no way helpful or constructive to allow George Bush and Dick Cheney, who took over the White House along with a conservative Supreme Court in 2000, about stealing Donald Trump’s elections,” journalist Alex Shultz tweeted.
“‘There has never been a person more threat to our republic than Donald Trump’ – #2 biggest threat to our republic Dick Cheney,” IGN social copy manager Colin Stevens tweeted.
“Don’t forget this video of Dick Cheney and how many people have died because of it,” noted author Don Winslow as tweet a music video of Cheney insisting that “there’s no doubt that” [former Iraq President] Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” a false claim used as a pretext for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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“Who is this FAKE COWBOY hanging out in the woods? It’s DICK CHENEY,” Newsmax host Greg Kelly tweeted. “Wow! What a weird ‘commercial’ – he’s on Trump. Am I the ONLY one who remembers Cheney’s BLOOD DESIRE for OIL and WAR? And what about those ‘weapons of mass destruction’???”
Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of the conservative website Ricochet, responded to the ad by recalling a 2006 incident when Cheney accidentally shot then 78-year-old lawyer Harry Whittington in the face while hunting quail.
“There has never been a person who poses a greater threat to his hunting partner than Dick Cheney,” Gabriel tweeted.
Others expressed support for the former vice president, though some seemed reluctant to do so.
“I have had profound policy differences with former Vice President Dick Cheney in the past, but I fully agree with him on the seriousness of the threat posed by Donald Trump,” tweeted former CIA director John Brennan. “More Republicans, including former USG senior officials, should vote.”
“First time in my life I 100% agree with a dick cheney video,” political scientist Ian Bremmer tweeted.
“Once the most hated man in the Bush administration, Dick Cheney really likes #TheBigLie,” announcer Anthony Davis tweeted. “Trump lied to his own supporters and only two Republican lawmakers have the guts to stand up to him and for American democracy. The US is broken. #Jan6 #LizCheney”
“Damn,” tweeted actor Ken Olin. “When Dick Cheney goes after someone because he is the greatest threat to our democracy ever, you know that person is a very bad guy. #TumpIsTheWorst”
Trump had not publicly commented on Cheney’s video at the time of publication.
News week has contacted Trump’s office for comment.