After his former boss George W. Bush revealed he’ll sit it out and not throw his support behind anyone this presidential election, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s announcement today may surprise a few folks.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney will support Donald Trump, he told CNN Friday, an important move as the presumptive Republican nominee is encountering intense resistance from senior members of his own party.
Cheney told CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel that he has always supported the GOP nominee and will do so this year as well.
The announcement makes Cheney one of the few Republican Party elders to announce their support of Trump and comes a day after House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN he is “just not ready” to back Trump.
Former President George W. Bush, who Cheney served, said this week he would skip this summer’s Republican convention where Trump will be formally nominated. Former President George H.W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2008 and 2012 nominees, also don’t plan to attend the convention.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, said Friday he would sit this election out because he can’t bring himself to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Graham said he was a “little bit” surprised when informed by CNN’s Dana Bash that Cheney was supporting Trump.
It’s unclear yet what viable plan Republicans who refuse to support the party’s nominee have in mind as an alternative to presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Yes, talk of third-party candidates continues — but does anyone believe that a third-party run is anything but another boost for a Hillary Clinton presidency?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]