Cheney On Fist Bump Backlash: “We’re Different Political Parties, Not Sworn Enemies”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday fired back at those who criticized her for fist bumping President Joe Biden before his joint congressional speech earlier this week.

“I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way,” she wrote on Twitter. “We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans.”

Some Republicans, including Cheney’s opponents in her re-election bid, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, criticized the moment, and both Bouchard and Gray called for her impeachment following the friendly exchange.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Biden exchanged fist bumps with multiple politicians, including Cheney, when he entered the House chamber on Wednesday ahead of his first joint address to Congress.

It should be noted that Cheney spoke with Wyoming reporters just hours before Biden’s speech and criticized many of his policies, including his oil and gas moratorium, his decision to stop construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall and more.

However, she has also shown civility and respect to Biden, even welcoming him and Vice President Kamala Harris to the White House when they were sworn into office earlier this year.

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