Donald Trump needles George W. Bush, this time over Bush's support for Liz Cheney
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has renewed his feud with former President George Bush, this time over Bush's support for anti-Trump Congressman Liz Cheney - another front in the deeply personal struggle for control of the Republican Party.
Trump, who supports a Republican opponent of Cheney in Wyoming's GOP primaries next year, attacked Bush on military policy after it became known that Bush was sponsoring a fundraiser for Cheney in Dallas on October 18.
"Bush is the one who got us into the quicksand of the Middle East," and "the Middle East has been in worse shape after 21 years than it was when it began to be stupid," Trump said in a statement late Wednesday.
The first sentence of the statement condemned Bush's support for "warmongering and very low polling" Cheney.
It is the latest in the political war between Trump and members of the Republican establishment as he seeks to maintain control of the party and perhaps launch another presidential campaign in 2024. Trump has also shunned the company of former presidents as he seeks his own way to regain political power.
Other Republicans, including Bush, Cheney and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, have criticized Trump for making false claims of electoral fraud regarding his loss to President Joe Biden in 2020; They said his allegations sparked violence in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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Bush, who made Dick Cheney his vice president and who has long supported his daughter Liz Cheney's political career, has also spoken out against Trump's negative attitudes towards public life.
During a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bush appeared to be referring to Trump by saying that "so much of our politics has become a bare appeal to anger, fear and resentment".
In particular, the Texas-based former president condemned the January 6 uprising of Trump supporters in the U.S. Capitol, as did other Republicans - including Liz Cheney, one of 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of then-President Trump over the incident to accuse.
Trying to defeat these ten Republicans in next year's election, Trump has assisted Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman in the state's Republican primary in August. (Trump has already won a victory in his campaign; Ohio MP Anthony Gonzalez, another Republican who voted for Trump's impeachment, has announced that he will not run for re-election next year.)
Cheney, meanwhile, has not withdrawn from her criticism of Trump, saying repeatedly that the Republican Party should get past its divisive ex-president.
Following Trump's approval of her opponent, Cheney said too many Republicans had given up their principles "out of fear and in favor of loyalty to a former president who deliberately misled, instigated, and provoked an attack on the US Capitol about the 2020 election of the American people failed ". to fulfill his duties as president when the violence broke out. "
Cheney is expected to repeat these campaign comments, including the Bush-sponsored fundraiser.
In his statement attacking Bush for his support for "warmongering and very low polling" Cheney, Trump also criticized Bush political advisor Karl Rove and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Trump and the Bush family, pillars of the Republican establishment for decades, have been fighting for years, particularly since Trump's attack on former Florida governor Jeb Bush during the 2016 election.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump Renews Feud with George W. Bush over Liz Cheney
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