Former President George W. Bush will fundraise for Liz Cheney as Trump and GOP rivals goal her Home seat
Former President George W. Bush will seem as a particular visitor at an upcoming fundraiser for Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, whose unwavering criticism of former President Donald Trump has sparked a vicious backlash inside her personal get together.
The fundraiser for Cheney, the daughter of Bush’s vice chairman, Dick Cheney, will happen in Dallas on Oct. 18, multiple outlets reported. Different attendees embrace former Bush advisors Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, and former Texas senator and U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, shops reported.
“President Bush is impressed by Liz Cheney’s energy and imaginative and prescient, and he is proud to help her,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford informed CNBC in an e mail.
“This one should not come as any shock,” Ford added, saying Bush “has traditionally helped a couple of key candidates and associates every cycle.” However Bush has largely stayed mum on electoral politics since leaving the White Home in 2009 with overwhelmingly negative approval ratings.
Below the Trump administration, nevertheless, some polls confirmed Bush changing into significantly more popular.
Bush and his spouse, Laura Bush, mentioned they did not vote for both Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2020, Bush mentioned he wrote in the name of Condoleezza Rice, his former secretary of state.
However he spoke out after the lethal Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, saying it “made me sick.” With out mentioning Trump by identify, Bush lamented that the Republican Party has grown “isolationist, protectionist and, to a sure extent, nativist.”
On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults, Bush mentioned that the violent extremists in the U.S. and those abroad are “children of the same foul spirit.”
Cheney, who represents conservative-leaning Wyoming, was considered one of 10 Home Republicans to vote to question Trump for inciting the Capitol riot. That handful of Republicans has since come beneath fireplace — not simply from Trump’s loyalists in Congress, but additionally from Trump himself.
A type of 10, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, mentioned final week that he will not seek reelection, calling Trump “a most cancers for the nation.”
Trump responded: “1 down, 9 to go!”
Some Trump-allied Republicans in her chamber have openly called for Cheney’s removal from Congress. And earlier this month, Trump formally endorsed Harriet Hageman, a major opponent of Cheney. His assertion endorsing Hageman referred to as Cheney a “disloyal Republican,” a “RINO” — a derisive acronym deployed in opposition to Republicans accused of behaving like Democrats — and “the Democrats[‘] primary supplier of sound bites.”
However Cheney stays defiant.
“Here is a sound chew for you: Convey it,” she shot back at Trump.
Cheney was stripped of her position because the No. 3-ranking Home Republican after she refused to cease sounding off on Trump for his position within the Capitol riot.
After shedding the election to President Joe Biden, Trump spent weeks fomenting false election conspiracies, whereas he and his allies filed lawsuits geared toward overturning states’ election outcomes. At a rally exterior the White Home on Jan. 6, Trump repeated the false election-rigging claims to a crowd of supporters, then directed the supporters towards the Capitol to stress Republicans to not affirm Biden’s victory.
Trump was impeached within the Home however was acquitted within the Senate, the place 60 votes had been required to convict him.
Regardless of the stress from her colleagues, Cheney additionally continues to actively have interaction with the Democratic-majority House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.
The panel was assembled by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after Senate Republicans voted down a bid to type an equally bipartisan, “9/11-style” fee.
Cheney is considered one of two Republicans on the panel, which at the moment has seven Democratic members. Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., named Cheney vice chair of the committee earlier this month. The group’s different Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, has additionally vocally criticized Trump.