On the latest episode of “Trumps vs. Cheney: Steel Cage Death Match,” Donald Trump Jr. was not amused at all by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and her fist bump with the occupant of the White House as he entered the House Chamber to finally deliver what amounted to a “Biden Manifesto” address to a “joint session of Congress” — only roughly 200 people were allowed to attend the “festive” event, as compared to a normal audience of about 1,600.
Cheney on fist bump with Biden: ‘We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans’ https://t.co/Z8uXxGfTsI >><> except for President Trump – he gets the hate for standing up for Americans.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 30, 2021
Jr. fired up his Twitter machine to take a few well-aimed shots at Cheney for the fist bump.
Donald Trump Jr. bashes Rep. Liz Cheney for greeting Biden before his address to Congress and she just responded https://t.co/rwHwdrUq7S
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) April 30, 2021
Junior went with the “Cheney’s not a Republican, she’s a Democrat” line, as well — along with the “warmonger” tag first dropped on the Wyoming “Republican” by Trump Sr.
“Republican” warmonger Liz Cheney gives Sleepy Joe a fist bump after he delivered a radical socialist vision for the future of America.
“So glad she’s in the GOP leadership, I guess they wanted to be more inclusive and put Democrats in there too?!?
Being a bit snarky myself, I have to admit I enjoy Junior’s snark attacks.
“Republican” warmonger Liz Cheney gives Sleepy Joe a fist bump after he delivered a radical socialist vision for the future of America. So glad she’s in the GOP leadership, I guess they wanted to be more inclusive and put Democrats in there too?!?” pic.twitter.com/T1qke3TO5b
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 29, 2021
OK. Good points, Jr. Several hours later, Cheney fired back.
“I disagree strongly policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way.
“We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans.”
Question: Did Liz Cheney have a point? From a non-partisan, non-hypocritical perspective, should a member of Congress snub a greeting from the President of the United States?
I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way. We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 30, 2021
Better question: Why was Liz Cheney in a position to be greeted by Biden in the first place?
Historically, seats adjacent to the aisle where the president walks in have been coveted spots. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) — “Shirley” Jackson Lee, in Biden’s addled brain — as an example. The Texas Democrat has been “famous” through the years by arriving early and jockeying for one of the coveted seats, regardless of the president’s party.
Again, why was Cheney there? Dunno, but I refuse to believe it was “accidental.”
As to Cheney’s fist bump with Biden, it should be noted that prior to Jr. firing off his blast, she blasted “Biden, Pelosi, and Democrats” over their “radical agenda.” Hell, Liz, Biden makes Obama look like Ronald Reagan; why didn’t you include that guy in your tweet?
“Biden, Pelosi and Democrats are set on abusing their power and infringing on our freedoms as they try to pass their radical agenda into law.”
Too little, too late?
Biden, Pelosi and Democrats are set on abusing their power and infringing on our freedoms as they try to pass their radical agenda into law.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) April 29, 2021
Disclaimer: Far be it from me to defend and/or support Liz Cheney — I’d prefer not to be burned at the stake. I report, you decide.
Anyway, Donald Trump Sr. fired off another “acidic missive,” against Cheney, as described by The Blaze, in a statement released on Tuesday. I suspect Trump’s attack was in response to a New York Post article on Monday about the possibility of Cheney running for president in 2024 or beyond. The Post quoted Cheney as saying “I’m not ruling it out, ever is a long time” — which was all Trump needed to put his blowtorch on full-blast.
“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little support, even from the Wyoming Republican Party, that she is looking for a way out of her Congressional race.
“Based on all polling, there is no way she can win. She’ll either be yet another lobbyist or maybe embarrass her family by running for President, in order to save face.
“This warmongering fool wants to stay in the Middle East and Afghanistan for another 19 years, but doesn’t consider the big picture — Russia and China!”
I’m gonna go out on a limb and bet these families aren’t on each other’s Christmas card list.
The bad blood between the Trumps and the Cheneys blew wide-open in January when Cheney joined eight other Republicans and sided with Nancy Pelosi’s lockstep Democrat Caucus and voted to impeach Trump, saying at the time that she was “deeply, deeply concerned about where our party is headed.”
“We cannot become the party of QAnon. We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy. We all watched in horror what happened on Jan. 6.”
Cheney laid responsibility for the Capitol riot at the feet of Trump, saying:
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”
In her interview with The Post, Cheney said Republicans who “led the unconstitutional charge not to certify the election” should be disqualified from running in future elections.
“I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying.
“I think that adherence to the Constitution, adherence to your oath has got to be at the top of the list. So, I think, you know that certainly will be a factor that I’m looking at.”
No Christmas cards. No “Ho Ho Hos!” None of it.