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One of the less dignified arguments in US politics rumbled on Sunday as Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney responded to a bizarre insult against Donald Trump.
“I like Republican presidents who are getting re-elected,” Cheney tweeted with a picture of George W. Bush.
Bush beat his Democratic challenger John Kerry in re-election in 2004. Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney, was Vice President of Bush.
Cheney’s tweet was in response to a picture Trump posted on Thursday. Under the heading “ICYMI: Must-See Photo”, a Trump-affiliated political action committee sent out a Photoshop-edited picture that put Cheney and Bush together.
Trump was unable to tweet the picture himself as he remains banned from the platform for inciting the fatal attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump was then 14 days away from handing over the Oval Office to Joe Biden, who with a convincing election victory denied him a second term. Trump has not admitted defeat.
At a rally near the White House on Jan. 6, Trump repeated lies about alleged election fraud and urged supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn the outcome. Five people died in the subsequent invasion of Congress. More than 650 have been charged.
Cheney was one of ten Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote for Trump’s impeachment trial – his second, unique among presidents – but with only seven Republicans in the Senate able to vote for a conviction, Trump remains free to re-elect himself.
Only one president – Grover Cleveland, a 19th-century Democrat – has won the White House after losing a re-election bid.
Trump remains the dominant force in the Republican Party, however, holding rallies, repeating his lies about electoral fraud, distributing endorsements, attacking enemies inside and outside the party, and presiding over a growing campaigning war chest.
A manipulated photo of Senator Liz Cheney with the face of former President George W. Bush is displayed on a jumbotron at a Save America-sponsored rally in Perry, Georgia on Saturday. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage / EPA
The spliced Bush-Cheney picture has been given a link for donations.
Cheney is one of two Republican members of the House Special Committee investigating the January 6 attack, along with Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
On Thursday, she announced subpoenas for Trump-related figures, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, his deputy Dan Scavino and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
A staunch Conservative, Cheney is among the Republicans who oppose Trump for attracting major challengers. Earlier this month, she responded with another succinct tweet to Trump’s support for Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming lawyer.
“Here’s a sound bite for you,” she wrote. “Bring it.”
An interview with Cheney was scheduled to air on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday night.