Republican hypocrisy and the Trump double standard was on full display when Rep. Liz Cheney (R-MT) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning and viciously attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) while refusing to chastise President Trump for utterly tasteless remarks he made about Native American genocide on Twitter.
Host Jake Tapper asked Cheney about Trump’s offensive tweet about the Trail of Tears:
“Look at something the president tweeted left night. ‘Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for president. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate or has she decided after 32 years that is not playing well anymore. See you on the campaign trail, Liz.’”
“The word trail is in all caps and he made a joke talking about Wounded Knee when talking about Elizabeth Warren. You represent thousands of Native Americans in Wyoming. — do you worry about the president joking about these horrific tragedies?”
Rather than even respond, Cheney went right into full attack mode against Senator Warren:
“You know, I have concerns about somebody like Elizabeth Warren pretending to be Native America. You are absolutely right, I do represent thousands of Native Americans here in Wyoming, and the notion that anybody of any political party would pretend that they were a member of a tribe or pretend they were Native American and would do it as she seems to have done it in order to get benefits, that is, in my view a disgrace.
“I think she’s made herself a laughingstock.”
Tapper tried a second time to get a comment from Cheney on the president tweet:
“I hear what you’re saying about Elizabeth Warren. But what about the language the president uses and the joking references to genocide against Native Americans?”
That only elicited more of the same from Cheney:
“Look, Elizabeth Warren has made herself a laughingstock. I don’t think anybody should be surprised that that’s been the reaction to her and to her continued claims. We saw just last week, you know, that she said she was a Native American on her application for membership in at least one state bar association.
“One wonders whether or not that’s grounds for disbarment. I’d say it probably is grounds for disbarment. She’s made herself a laughingstock.”
What Cheney neglected to say is that Donald Trump has made the United States the laughingstock of the world. With his every statement or tweet, he proves his own ignorance and lack of humanity.
Republicans like Liz Cheney are going to pay a political price for their blind obedience to Trump, and it cannot possibly happen soon enough.
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