Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) was chastised by Senator Bernie Sanders today after the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sanders’ rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, over her brave declaration that under a Warren administration the United States would vow to only use nuclear weapons in a defensive capacity.
The Republican congresswoman — whose father is considered a war criminal by many because of his deceptive campaign citing Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction as the excuse to invade that country — asked Warren a loaded question in response the Massachusetts senator’s outlining of her policy during the Tuesday night edition of the Democratic debates.
Key question for Elizabeth Warren @ewarren today – which American cities and how many American citizens are you willing to sacrifice with your policy of forcing the US to absorb a nuclear attack before we can strike back?
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) July 31, 2019
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When Senator Bernie Sanders saw Rep. Cheney’s tweet, his outrage outweighed any concerns about rising to the defense of one of his internal rivals for the Democratic nomination. He quickly responded to Cheney’s post with a withering putdown of the congresswoman and her war-mongering father.
Taking national security advice from a Cheney has already caused irreparable damage to our country. We don't need any more, thanks. https://t.co/pHr5TM9UgX
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 2, 2019
That Senator Sanders was so quick to support Warre after Cheney’s attack is unsurprising. During Tuesday night’s debate, both Sanders and Warren refused to attack each other despite being the egged on by the CNN moderators who obviously wanted to pit the two most progressive candidates against one another.
With Congresswoman Cheney rapidly gaining a reputation of being as much of a consequences-be-damned national security hawk as her father was, it’s good that Bernie Sanders is around to remind the public of the drastic results of allowing anyone from that particular family to determine our nation’s defense — or, in this case, offense — policy.
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