Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, stood nearly alone on the GOP side of House floor during ceremonies Thursday marking the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Prior to that, Dick Cheney told ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl that he’s “deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” ABC News reported.
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Video shows Liz Cheney of Wyoming in the first-row aisle seat on the Republican side with her father standing next to her on her right.
While video shows one man standing in the second row directly behind Liz Cheney — it isn’t clear who he is — ABC News said no other Republicans were in sight save for the Cheneys and her staffers. NBC News added that the Cheneys “were the only two Republicans in the House chamber.”
Dick Cheney told NBC News that the lack of other Republicans present “is a reflection of where our party is. Very concerning.”
GOP U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said he wanted to be in Washington to mark the anniversary but was waiting for the birth of his child, NBC News said. Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are the only two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack; Cheney is the committee’s vice chair.
‘I’m here to support her’
Dick Cheney added to ABC News that he came to the Capitol Thursday because the Jan. 6 anniversary is “an important historical event. You can’t overestimate how important it is.”
But as for how his party’s leaders handled Jan. 6, the former vice president told NBC News that “it’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years.” Cheney was in Congress from 1979 to 1989 and served as House minority whip and chair of the House Republican Conference, NBC News said.
Dick Cheney also said his daughter is “doing a hell of a job. I’m here to support her,” the Hill reported. An outspoken opponent of former President Donald Trump, Liz Cheney was among a handful of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the Capitol attack. Last summer the House Republican caucus voted to oust Cheney from her GOP conference chairman post, and the Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure her over her vote to impeach Trump.
As for his feelings about how Republicans are treating his daughter, Dick Cheney said “my daughter can take care of herself,” the Hill reported.
ABC News said that amid the House floor ceremony, numerous Democratic members — including some who blasted him and his political views when he was vice president — approached Dick Cheney and shook his hand and paid their respects. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among them, NBC News said.
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