Romney savages Trump’s leadership in op-ed

Saul Bowman
January 3, 2019

But in a series of tweets, conservative political analyst Bill Kristol described Romney as the leader of the Republican resistance to Trump, and that his op-ed is indicative that Trump's dominance over the Republican Party can no longer be taken for granted.

The timing of the article, just two days before Mr Romney is sworn-in, prompted some to speculate he was positioning himself as a challenger to Mr Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination. Romney says that while he agrees with some Trump policies, Trump has failed to unite or inspire the nation as a president should.

"With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable", Romney wrote. "It is very much our friend", Romney wrote in an essay in November.

He added that "Trump's words and actions have caused dismay around the world" and cited Pew reports suggesting belief among people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden that Trump would "do the right thing" had fallen from 84% in 2016 to 16% a year later. Jeff Flake, who clashed with Trump but ultimately opted to leave office after Trump's base in his state abandoned him. Trump responded that Romney had "choked like a dog" in his unsuccessful 2012 campaign against Barack Obama. Flake has also been on the receiving end of many of Trump's tweets for his refusal to vote with the GOP on many issues.

Romney was recently elected in Utah to replace outgoing Senator Orinn Hatch (R-Utah). "So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had", Mr. Parscale tweeted. Democrats don't have to worry about the three-ring circus and civil war that is engulfing their party's 2020 nomination campaign because so-called Republicans are forcing us to spend valuable time, money, and resources in re-nominating our president.

Mitt Romney arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" in NY.

Infamous waffler Romney, who had trashed "fake, fraud, con man, and phony" Trump in the primaries leading up to the 2016 election by saying things like "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University". Nate Silver, founder of the website FiveThirtyEight, said Romney's popularity in Utah makes him "untouchable" and free to speak out in ways that other Republicans are not. But the record is clear and President Trump's policies at home and overseas are getting results by putting the national interest first and foremost.

Some have praised Mr Romney, others said he should have gone further.

The same year though, the pair met for dinner amid reports Trump was mulling appointing Romney as his Secretary of State.

"I don't think he has a real moral center", Hostin said.

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