Dick Cheney diminishes himself to assault Trump

If his daughter Liz weren’t in the midst of a rhetorical steel-cage loss of life match towards Donald Trump, would the Dick Cheney of previous — say, the one who watched in dismay because the alleged politicization of prices and sentencing performed out towards his former chief of employees, Irve Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who Trump pardoned in 2018 — have joined with former Vice President Mike Pence, a rising listing of Republicans, some Democrats, and constitutional regulation consultants in condemning or questioning the FBI search on Trump’s Florida dwelling? 

Perhaps, however now we’ll by no means know. Dick Cheney has gone all in towards Trump. 

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As a clearly loving and protecting father of each of his daughters, Cheney has each proper to trip to their rescue in time of want. That mentioned, his over-the-top protection of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) ought to be questioned. 

Liz Cheney is the clear underdog on this coming Tuesday’s main towards Republican Harriet Hagerman in Wyoming. Hagerman has the complete — and nonetheless highly effective — backing of Trump. That’s as a result of Liz Cheney voted to question the previous president over the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the Capitol and sits on the Home choose committee investigating the occasions of that day.

To say there isn’t a love misplaced between her and Trump can be an understatement. However apart from Trump’s private animosity towards her, there are a variety of Republican voters in Wyoming — and an awesome many extra across the nation — who’ve misplaced religion in Ms. Cheney and imagine she has turn into a card-carrying member of the higher D.C. swamp.

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Now that she is trailing her Republican opponent by greater than 20 factors, Liz Cheney has reached out to her father for assist in what could also be a misplaced trigger. Once more, Dick Cheney ought to attempt to converse out on behalf of his daughter — what mum or dad wouldn’t? But, as an alternative of speaking concerning the positives of her service within the U.S. Home, the previous vp and former Protection secretary selected to journey down the identical low highway that many different Trump critics have taken.

In a political advert in assist of his daughter’s reelection marketing campaign, Cheney mentioned: “In our nation’s 246-year historical past, there has by no means been a person who’s a higher risk to our republic than Donald Trump. He tried to steal the final election utilizing lies and violence to maintain himself in energy after the voters had rejected him. He’s a coward. An actual man wouldn’t deceive his supporters. He misplaced his election, and he misplaced large. I do know it, he is aware of it, and deep down I feel most Republicans understand it.”

Actually? There may be hyperbole, after which there’s simply determined nonsense.

Cheney is absolutely inside his rights to despise Trump. However as he fires off his superheated rhetoric to defend his daughter, he might need to reexamine that line, “In our nation’s 246-year historical past, there has by no means been a person who’s a higher risk to our republic,” and assessment the actions of, say, Benedict Arnold, John Walker Jr., Robert Hanssen, the Rosenbergs, Aldrich Ames — and even, extra lately, George Soros and the woke prosecutors he funds.    

Subsequent, let’s study Cheney’s line that Trump “misplaced his election, and he misplaced it large.” Certainly Cheney is aware of higher than that. First, it’s not factually correct. And second, he himself was in a extremely contested recount because the working mate in 2000 with George W. Bush.

As Cheney is aware of, Trump misplaced Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada by a complete of about 60,000 votes — states with a mixed electoral vote rely of 43. Clearly, had Trump received these states, he would have been reelected president. And, almost three years after Joe Biden’s election, many nonetheless contend there have been voting irregularities in various contested states.   

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When he was Bush’s working mate, Cheney demanded that each vote in Florida be lawful and correct. It’s the identical customary that Trump invoked in 2020, when he truly grew his nationwide vote whole by nearly 12 million over his 2016 numbers.

Lastly, we have now Cheney labeling Trump “a coward” who will not be “an actual man.” Some might recall that Cheney was typically known as “a coward” by many on the left — and a few on the appropriate — for his clever dodging of navy service through the Vietnam Battle, so one would suppose he may need to keep away from that exact insult. 

However, no. As we have now seen with a few of Trump’s Republican main opponents, in addition to a legion of Democratic politicians, members of the media and Hollywood celebrities, Trump’s very existence appears to deliver out absolutely the worst in people.

Ever since Trump introduced his candidacy for president in 2015, various seemingly clever and achieved People have turn into unhinged in ways in which finally have mirrored poorly upon them.

Dick Cheney is true to defend his daughter however, in doing so, he added his identify to the lengthy listing of people that select to assault Trump with sophomoric, playground insults moderately than to take the excessive highway and argue deserves.  

Douglas MacKinnon, a political and communications marketing consultant, was a author within the White Home for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and former particular assistant for coverage and communications on the Pentagon over the past three years of the Bush administration.

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