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“Cheney Hates Trump, Endorses Him Anyway”: He’s Just Fine With Trump Leading The Country

Dick Cheney’s presidential pick is a man he once suggested was a 9/11 truther.

Cheney reportedly told CNN on Friday he intends to support the GOP nominee in 2016, just as he has every prior cycle.

This is—surprising.

Shortly after the first presidential debate, Cheney told Fox News’ Bret Baier that the real estate mogul’s assertions regarding the September 11 attacks—including that George W. Bush willingly let them happen—were “way off base.”

“He clearly doesn’t understand or has not spent any time learning about the facts of that period,” Cheney said.

“It’s, um, misleading for him to campaign on that basis,” he added.

It’s a little curious that Cheney has decided to board the Trump Train. It’s also a break from the rest of Bush World, as representatives for George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush say neither former president will back the mogul’s presidential bid.

But, in fairness, Trump may not be too thrilled with Cheney’s endorsement either.

In 2011, Trump made a YouTube video for his “From The Desk of Donald Trump” series, (a series I cannot recommend highly enough), in which the presumptive nominee trashed the former VP and his then-newly released memoir.

“He’s very, very angry and nasty,” the mogul said. “I didn’t like Cheney when he was a vice president. I don’t like him now. And I don’t like people that rat out everybody like he’s doing in the book. I’m sure it’ll be a best-seller, but isn’t it a shame? Here’s a guy that did a rotten job as vice president. Nobody liked him. Tremendous divisiveness. And he’s gonna be making a lot of money on the book. I won’t be reading it.”

And in 2008, Trump said he was disappointed Nancy Pelosi didn’t push to impeach Bush over the Iraq War.

“It just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him out of office, which, personally, I think would have been a wonderful thing,” he said, discussing Nancy Pelosi with Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.

In the same interview, Trump asserted that Bush deliberately lied to persuade Americans to support the Iraq War—a view that Cheney et al (unsurprisingly) find deeply problematic.

“He got us into the war with lies,” he continued. “And, I mean, look at the trouble Bill Clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant. And they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. And, yet, Bush got us into this horrible war with lies, by lying, by saying they had weapons of mass destruction, by saying all sorts of things that turned out not to be true.”

Speaking of national security, Cheney told radio host Hugh Hewitt in December that Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration “goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”

“Religious freedom’s been a very important part of our history and where we came from,” he added—but if Cheney has anything to do with it, then Trump’s America is where we’re going.

 

By: Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast, May 6, 2016

May 9, 2016 - Posted by | Bush-Cheney Administration, Dick Cheney, Donald Trump | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I guess it is me, but Cheney has zero credibility since 9/11, firing Paul O’Neill as Sec of Treasury, Scooter Libby going to jail for outing a CIA operative to discredit her, and maybe his worst offense, adding language that gave hall passes to frackers in the 2005 Energy Act saying they did not need to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act or Clean Air Act, plus need not disclose the chemicals that would find their way into our water.

    Maybe he and Trump can run together as the most unlikeable slate. But, that is my opinion.

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    Comment by Keith | May 9, 2016 | Reply

    • An opinion with which I completely agree!!

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      Comment by raemd95 | May 9, 2016 | Reply


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