I’m a great admirer of the entire Cheney family, and I’m happy to see this. I’m not surprised that he’s rejected the nonsense of many party elite in attempting to shun, instead of influence, the party’s nominee. But remember, Mr. Cheney was essentially dumped by the Bush GOP in 2006 in favor of Condoleezza Rice and her “win hearts and minds” nonsense when it came to defeating the Taliban. We know how well that worked out. This is another reflection of the liberal versus conservative wings of the party.

Via CNN.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will support Donald Trump, he told CNN Friday, an important move as the presumptive Republican nominee is encountering intense resistance from senior members of his own party.

Cheney told CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel that he has always supported the GOP nominee and will do so this year as well.
The announcement makes Cheney one of the few Republican Party elders to announce their support of Trump and comes a day after House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN he is “just not ready” to back Trump.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, said Friday he would sit this election out because he can’t bring himself to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Graham said he was a “little bit” surprised when informed by CNN’s Dana Bash that Cheney was supporting Trump.

“Dick Cheney’s a great man. We see the world a lot alike when it comes to foreign policy. I can understand when people want to support the nominee of the Republican Party. I would like to be able to do that, but I just can’t,” Graham said. “Maybe I’m the outlier here. Probably am. There’ll be Democrats who can’t support Hillary Clinton, and you know some of them will hold their nose and vote for her. Some of them will do it enthusiastically.”


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  1. dennisl59 says:

    Cheney supports the ‘presumptive nominee’, eh? After Trump has destroyed whatever was left of the Republican Party on purpose and with malice? Sorry, I’m not trading one Chicago Marxist Thug(Valerie Jarrett) for a New York Values Liberal Demigod and Ego Maniac. He’s said things to and about people that can never be taken back, in my opinion, like ‘Lyin’ Ted’, ‘Little Marco’, etc., Unless, of course, your Chris Christie or Ben Carson who have humiliated themselves.

    posted 5/6 703pm Texas[Forever Against Trump]Time

    • Tammy says:

      You know how I’vefelt about Trump, but I don’t think he thinks outside of himself enough to have wanted to deliberately destroy the party. I also don’t think you *can* destroy the party. You can change the staff, and the institutional culture (remember when that jerk Michael Steele ran it? And the donor party at an S&M club in West Hollywood? Gah!

      So the executives in the party like to say theparty is being ruined, but not really. They may lose their jobs which I think we all would agree would be good.

      And then there’s the issue brought up in ed Morrissey’s piece about the situation where he articulates the fact that the RNC would talk about conservatism but then not apply it.

      BUT, the one thing about the Cheney endorsement that’s surprising is the fact that Trump accused the Bush admin (incl Cheney) of lying about Iraq and WMD. You can get something wrong, it doesn’t mean you’re lying. And I’m not convinced Hussein didn’t have WMD. No one at this point can tell you where Assad got all his bio and chem warfare. So…

      If nothing else the summer will be exciting!

  2. Kimj7157 says:

    Ditto for me, Tammy.

  3. Pat_S says:

    I understand why loyal Trump supporters are enthusiastic about him. I have no criticism for those who think party loyalty is their duty. I believe both groups are making their choice honestly within their framework of love of country and personal ethics. I hope the Never Trump voters will likewise be respected by the other two groups for the same reason.

  4. Karan says:

    I will not vote for Trump; I do not vote for liberal Democrats. Trump is a con man. Americans have the choice of voting liberal or liberal light. I will do neither.

    I am finished with Fox, too. Fox became a Super Pac for Trump many months ago 24/ 7. Does Trump have something on Roger Ailes?

    Michael Berry calls Sean Hannity a trump humper. Let the ads begin Hillary as there is so much fodder on The donald.

  5. Alain41 says:

    Good for DC. Find similar to prior GOPe exhortations to not primary sitting Republicans, and then when a Tea Party conservative was elected, GOPe promptly primaried him/her. Trump got votes because we’re sick of that. Cheney family doesn’t live in an Ivory Tower. Go Liz. (Cynical view is that DC is supporting Trump because of Liz, but I’ve found him to be straight shooter. )

  6. Gregger171 says:

    I’m glad to see Dick Cheney has the guts and sense not to throw in the towel at the start line and try to give the election to Hillary, as everyone in the NeverTrump crowd is essentially doing.

  7. dennisl59 says:

    I’ve copied this from a commentary magazine’s website since it was the ONLY place where I found both quotes together:

    RICK PERRY, JULY 22, 2015: “Let no one be mistaken — Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded. . . . I, for one, will not be silent when a candidate for the high office of president runs under the Republican banner by targeting millions of Hispanics, and our veterans, with mean-spirited vitriol. I will not go quiet when this cancer on conservatism threatens to metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics that will send the Republican party to the same place it sent the Whig Party in 1854: the graveyard.”

    RICK PERRY, MAY 5, 2016: “He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is he loves his country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them. . . . I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I’m going to support him and help him and do what I can.”

    Perry, another RINO snake in the grass…

    posted 5/7 235pm Texas[Gardasil, the HPV vaccine]Time

    • Pat_S says:

      I think when history is written about the Trumpmania era it will read more like hand-foot-and-mouth disease than cancer:

      From the Mayo Clinic:

      “A fever is often the first sign…followed by a sore throat and sometimes a poor appetite and malaise. ….after the fever begins, painful sores may develop in the mouth or throat. A rash on the hands and feet and possibly on the buttocks can follow..”

  8. midget says:

    It makes me so sad to see how close we were to finally getting our due & then
    it seems to all be falling apart. The one thing that sustains me is the character
    of a Dick Cheney & a Sarah Palin who are willing to put their hopes on Trump.
    Thats good enough for me & for those who will sit it out & hand our beloved country
    to the libs that hate it, SHAME ON YOU !!!!

  9. Maynard says:

    I guess my sense is that President Hillary will be completely toxic, whereas President Trump *may* do some good.

    Hillary is the devil we know, and folk wisdom would suggest you stick with the devil you know, and there’s something to be said for that. Trump is a big risk; I don’t know what he’ll do. But do I have any option other than taking that risk? I don’t think the nation can long survive the path we’re on.

    Some say Trump can’t win, which is another question entirely. My gut sense is that he can win, because he’ll carry the fight to Hillary, and she is vulnerable. Obama was vulnerable too, although probably not so much as Hillary, and I’m sure we were all frustrated by the way the gentlemen losers McCain and Romney pulled their punches. And if Trump does end up wiping the floor with Hillary…well, maybe his administration won’t follow the path she would have led us down. Or perhaps I’m being naive.

    • mdannyg says:

      That risk is why I will be OK with voting for Trump, only because I still hope and pray that he will choose a good running mate, and then immediately resign saying the whold thing was a joke after he is elected.

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