Donald Trump Jr. was criticized after he issued a criticism of Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney, accusing her of operating a "big grift" as a member of the conservative opposition against his father, former President Donald Trump.
Cheney is vice chair of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the January 6 insurrection.
Speaking to Newsmax, Trump Jr. gloated over Cheney—daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney—losing her GOP primary bid against Harriet Hageman, the Trump acolyte who ran to replace her as Wyoming's Republican candidate for Congress.
Trump Jr. said he thinks Americans are "largely done with Cheneys in American politics."
You can hear what he said in the video below.
Trump Jr. said:
"It's one big grift... she's auditioning for the role of the "conservative" on CNN while simultaneously running for a board seat at Raytheon so we can continue the endless wars."
"And then she's going to grift and try to find the Joe Walsh lane for president to be funded by the Lincoln Project."
"It never ends and I think she's probably going to learn that the hard way. I think we're probably done with Cheneys in American politics and good riddance."
Cheney has been openly mocked by Trump Jr. since losing her primary bid.
Earlier this week, Trump Jr. tweeted that "on the bright side," Cheney, who was born in Wisconsin and raised in Wyoming, "won't have to pretend to be from Wyoming anymore."
Trump Jr.'s tweet included a mashup of his father appearing to dance to the 1969 Steam song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”
Trump Jr. was criticized after his comments went viral.
Many noted the irony of his claim Cheney is "grifting" when his family has long faced accusations they used the executive office to enrich themselves.
Cheney angered her own party and was ousted from her leadership position in the House after she pushed back against Trump's falsehoods about the 2020 election results.
Trump issued a statement, more than three months after President Joe Biden took office, calling Biden's victory "the big lie." Cheney responded shortly afterward with a statement of her own affirming the election "was not stolen," adding anyone who says it was is "turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has long denied the successful effort to remove Cheney from her position as the House's third-ranking Republican is in any way related to her vote to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection.
Since losing her bid to retain her House seat, Cheney hinted she might run for the executive office, telling the Today show she was “thinking about” joining the 2024 Republican presidential race.