CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Count Liz Cheney among those still supporting Donald Trump, even as a number of Republicans abandon their party’s presidential nominee because of remarks he made about women.
Trump’s comments were appalling but Hillary Clinton’s actions have been far worse, Cheney told The Associated Press by email Monday.
Cheney was referring to Clinton’s handling of sensitive emails on a private server while Clinton was secretary of state.
Cheney is a former State Department official and Fox News commentator. She is the oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who in May said he supports Trump.
Liz Cheney also said Clinton would devastate the energy industry, name U.S. Supreme Court justices who wouldn’t uphold the Second Amendment, and expand the authority of federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency.
“There is no question that Donald Trump would be far better for Wyoming than Hillary Clinton,” wrote Cheney, the Republican nominee for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
Democratic challenger Ryan Greene said Trump’s comments are inexcusable but he hasn’t decided how he will vote yet.
“Neither one has earned my vote,” he said Monday. “I don’t think a candidate should just get your vote by default. They should earn it.”
Greene said the candidates need to move beyond an “insult war” and provide “details, details, details” on tax policies and how they will spur job growth.
Greene owns an oilfield services company.
On Facebook, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead called Trump’s remarks about women in a 2005 recorded conservation “repugnant” and “deeply troubling.” Still, the Republican governor maintained his support for Trump, saying through a spokesman Monday he would be the best candidate for Wyoming.
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