As high-profile Republicans choose to either support Donald Trump or distance themselves from their party’s presidential nominee, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Friday that he will support Trump.
Cheney told CNN that he always supports his party’s presidential nominee.
Cheney has not been a Trump supporter. In February he said Trump “sounds like a liberal Democrat.”
Cheney also bristled at Trump’s criticism of former President George W. Bush, under whom Cheney served, and the decision to invade Iraq.
“I’ve said I’ll support the nominee of my party,” Cheney said then. “If he operates the way he’s operating, sounding like a liberal Democrat, I don’t think he’ll get the nomination.”
By supporting Trump, Cheney joins Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other high-profile Republicans who are supporting Trump as the Republican nominee.
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush — under whom Cheney served as defense secretary — and George W. Bush, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and others are refusing to support Trump.
Even as Cheney added to the ranks of Republicans supporting Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would sit out the election because he could not back either Trump or likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Graham had telegraphed his punch with a tweet Tuesday night after Trump won the Indiana primary.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 3, 2016
“If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it,” he tweeted.
Graham voiced surprise Cheney had lined up behind Trump.
“Dick Cheney’s a great man. We see the world a lot alike when it comes to foreign policy. I can understand when people want to support the nominee of the Republican Party. I would like to be able to do that, but I just can’t,” Graham said. “Maybe I’m the outlier here. Probably am. There’ll be Democrats who can’t support Hillary Clinton, and you know some of them will hold their nose and vote for her. Some of them will do it enthusiastically.”