Dick Cheney had strong words for Donald Trump on Monday, saying the presidential candidate is a “liberal Democrat” who has no idea what he’s talking about.
“He sounds like a liberal Democrat to me,” the former vice president told Fox News anchor Bret Baier. “He’s wrong and he’s, I think, deliberately promoting those views in order to advance his political interests.”
During Saturday’s debate, Trump rattled Republcians when he suggested that President George W. Bush directly lied to the American public in order to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
“I will tell you. They lied. And they said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction,” Trump said.
Cheney also took issue with Trump’s suggestion that President Bush did not keep the country safe because 9/11 happened on his “reign.”
On Monday, Trump doubled down on his comments, telling reporters: “What does it mean [President Bush] kept the country safe after 9/11?” he asked sarcastically. “What does that mean? After? What about during 9/11?”
However, Cheney thinks Trump was “off base.”
“He clearly doesn’t understand or has not spent any time learning about the facts of that period,” he said.
Asked whether he would still vote for Trump should he win the nomination, Cheney said he would support any Republican party nominee … but added that if Trump continues talking the way he does, he probably won’t win the nomination.
You can watch the first part of the interview with Baier above.