Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to lead the failing Never Trump movement.
Some of its most vocal members like Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker are retiring in disgrace rather than facing angry primary voters.
But Mitt Romney’s latest pledge from the campaign trail shows that he’s doubling down.
After losing to President Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney’s hoping for a political revival on Tuesday as Utah Republicans head to the polls for their Senate primary.
But in a new op-ed Romney pledged to continue being a thorn in President Trump’s side, taking the place of Senators Flake, Corker, and McCain who have all refused to work for the American people by fighting for the Trump agenda.
“People ask me why I feel compelled to express my disagreements with the president. I believe that when you are known as a member of a ‘team,’ and the captain says or does something you feel is morally wrong, if you stay silent, you tacitly assent to the captain’s posture,” Romney wrote in an op-ed published Sunday by The Salt Lake Tribune. “I appreciate the argument made by those who believe we should stay silent, but I cannot subscribe to it.”
The relationship between Romney and Trump has been fraught at times throughout the latter’s political career, dating back to a 2016 speech in which Romney labeled Trump a “fraud” and a “phony” in a last-ditch effort to gin up GOP opposition to his primary campaign. The president was similarly harsh in his rebuke of Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president.
Back in 2016, Romney viciously attacked what he called Trump’s “personal qualities”: “the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics.”
But Romney was wrong about a lot in his personal attacks on Trump.
Romney was wrong in his predictions that Trump’s nomination would give us President Hillary Clinton.
He was wrong that Trump’s domestic policies would lead to recession — our economy is thriving.
He was wrong that Trump’s foreign policy would make America and the word less safe — ISIS is on the run and the Korean Peninsula is finally on a path toward peace.
And he’s wrong that Republicans need someone in the Senate to “speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”
The fake news media does a good enough job expressing their faux outrage over President Trump’s perceived indiscretions on those issues.
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