Like I stated, it was transient. Cheney was one among not less than 20 individuals — and that could be a low-end estimate — whom Biden fist-bumped or elbow-bumped on his method to the rostrum. (The 2 additionally appeared to change some kind of pleasantry that was inaudible, not less than to me.)
Regardless of all of that, as quickly as I noticed it occur, all I might assume to myself was: Donald Trump (and his acolytes) are going to have a subject day with this.
Here is why: We’re a visible individuals. Which implies movies have energy in our society. And the video of Biden fist-bumping Cheney goes for use by each Trumpist who desires Cheney to lose her seat subsequent 12 months as proof that she is a Republican In Identify Solely (RINO) and a sellout of conservative ideas.
However Cheney has turn into the No. 1 goal of the previous president as a result of she had the audacity to vote for his impeachment following his incitement of a riot that led to an armed riot on the US Capitol on January 6.
Which, actually, I am unsure she’s proper about. Whereas she clearly forged her impeachment vote out of precept, the present default stance of the Republican Get together base is that anybody who would not assist Trump on actually all the things just isn’t a “actual” Republican.
The previous President is doing his darndest to implement that complete fealty, looking for to punish those that, like Cheney, stray.
“Liz Cheney is polling sooo low in Wyoming, and has sooo little assist, even from the Wyoming Republican Get together, that she is in search of a means out of her Congressional race,” stated Trump in a press release launched Tuesday. “Based mostly on all polling, there isn’t a means she will be able to win.” (Sidebar: Sure, he actually wrote “sooo,” not as soon as however twice.)
And in uncooked political phrases, Cheney — unwittingly — handed the forces aligned to oust her for refusing to march in keeping with Trump a present on Wednesday evening. Whereas it shouldn’t be a foul factor for a GOP chief and a Democratic president to change a phrase and a fist bump, Trump’s cult of persona masquerading as a political celebration will use that second for instance all the things they assume is mistaken with Cheney.
I relaxation my case.