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Dick Cheney Criticizes GOP Leadership During Jan 6th Anniversary Visit to Capitol

Dick Cheney Criticizes GOP Leadership During Jan 6th Anniversary Visit to Capitol

Only two members of the Republican Party attended the commemoration of the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and only one of those two is an active elected official.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the Vice Chair of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection, arrived at the Capitol on Thursday on the arm of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who took the opportunity to criticize his fellow Republicans and express his disappointment in the way they’ve handled themselves under Donald Trump’s influence. “It’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years,” Dick Cheney told reporters after exiting the House floor following a moment of silence in recognition of the lives lost on January 6, 2021.

 

Dick Cheney, who served for a decade as a House lawmaker from Wyoming and has previously expressed his disdain for Trump, echoed many of the comments previously made by his daughter regarding the rest of the Republican Party. “I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican party to restore the Constitution,” the former VP told ABC News earlier on Thursday.

The former vice president was loudly criticized by Democrats for being an architect of the Iraq War nearly two decades ago, but the party’s leaders on Thursday said they were honored by his presence, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) noting lawmakers were lining up to speak with him.

Asked why he came to the Capitol this day, Cheney told the press, “It’s an important historical event,” referring to the anniversary of the insurrection. “You can’t overestimate how important it is.” He also indicated he was there because of his daughter, who had lived through the attacks and is one of two Republicans serving on the House Select Committee. “She’s doing a hell of a job. I’m here to support her,” as well as to mark the day.

Rep. Liz Cheney echoed her father’s sentiments about where their party is at the moment. “I think a party that is in thrall to a cult personality is a party that is dangerous to the country, and I think we clearly have got to get to a place we are we are focused on substance and on issues.”

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