Dick Cheney has assailed President Donald Trump as a “coward” who “tried to steal the last election using lies and violence.”
The former vice president targets Trump in a new ad his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) doomed re-election campaign in Wyoming.
The 45th president has endorsed Liz Cheney’s Republican primary challenger Harriet Hageman, who has taken a substantial lead over the incumbent in the polls.
“In our nation’s 246-year history there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump,” Dick Cheney claims in the video ad.
“He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him,” Cheney falsely alleges.
“He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters.
“He lost his election and he lost big.
“I know he knows it and deep down I think most Republicans know it.”
Cheney went on to say he and his wife were proud of his daughter, claiming that her effort for the Democrats’ anti-Trump Jan. 6 Committee is honoring her oath to the Constitution.
He goes on to claim that Republicans who don’t support the anti-Trump campaign are “too scared to do so.”
“Liz is fearless,” he concludes.
“She never backs down from a fight.
“There is nothing more important she will ever do than lead the effort to make sure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office, and she will succeed.”
Ultimately, the effort is likely a futile one.
Polls show Cheney is lagging far behind her primary challenger, natural resources attorney Harriet Hageman.
In July, a poll conducted for the Star-Tribune by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found that Cheney was receiving support from only 30% of Wyoming voters.
Meanwhile, Hageman garnered 53 percent support.
Hageman has received the endorsement of Trump, who has excoriated Cheney for voting to impeach him and for sitting on the Democrats’ Jan. 6 House Select Committee.
“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race,” Trump said in April.
“Based on all polling, there is no way she can win.”
Liz Cheney also said in July that she has not decided whether to run for the presidency in 2024.
“Dick Cheney” was the top national trend on Twitter as many excoriated him for the ad, while some critics of Trump praised Cheney for his comments.