George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser for Liz Cheney, who tries to take out Donald Trump with a Republican primary challenger
- The two living former Republican presidents have now officially chosen opposing sides in next year’s Wyoming House race
- The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that former President George W. Bush will hold a fundraising campaign in Dallas next month in support of Rep. Liz Cheney
- Cheney lost her No. 3 GOP leadership role in the House because of her criticism of former President Donald Trump
- Trump also weighed in on the race, choosing GOP hopeful Harriet Hageman as his best bet to oust Cheney
The two living former Republican presidents have now officially chosen opposing sides in next year’s Wyoming House race.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that former President George W. Bush will hold a fundraising campaign in Dallas next month in support of Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost her No. 3 leadership role in Congress because of her criticism of former President Donald Trump.
Trump also weighed in on the race, choosing GOP hopeful Harriet Hageman as his best bet to oust Cheney, who voted for his impeachment after the Jan. 6 MAGA insurrection and sits on the select House committee investigating the uprising. investigates.
Former President George W. Bush is holding a fundraiser for Rep. next month. Liz Cheney in Dallas
Former President Donald Trump wants to oust Representative Liz Cheney over her vote to impeach him for inciting an uprising earlier this year
Cheney’s father, Vice President Dick Cheney, served under Bush.
Trump alienated the Bush family during the 2016 campaign when he called fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and W.’s brother, “low energy.”
Harriet Hageman, Trump’s choice to replace Cheney, has reiterated his false allegations of voter fraud
The characterization stuck and helped push Jeb Bush out of the race.
According to Hillary Clinton, former President Bush famously said, “Well, that was a weird s***” when hearing Trump’s 2017 inauguration speech.
Bush released veiled criticism of Trump early on, saying his rhetoric represented “accidental cruelty” and spoke out against “bullying and prejudice” from the highest levels.
He held out in last year’s election, saying the GOP had become “isolationist, protectionist and to some extent nativist” under Trump.
More recently, speaking on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Bush linked the Trump supporters who looted the capital with the terrorists who flew planes over American monuments on September 11.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their contempt for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols – they are children of the same filthy spirit, and it is our constant duty to confront them.”
Cheney’s willingness to split with Trump has helped her raise record sums for her 2021 reelection bid.
She raised $1.5 million in the first quarter and another $1.9 million in the second.
Hageman, who announced her participation earlier this month, is a former Republican National Committee woman in Wyoming and has echoed Trump’s false claims of election fraud in 2020.