June 12, 2024
Here's the price Mitt Romney is paying for standing against Trump
The Senate's most outspoken GOP critic of the president finds his motives are questioned, and worse.
The Senate’s most outspoken GOP critic of the president finds his motives are questioned, and worse.

SALT LAKE CITY — One man is an island: Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

The 72-year-old former Republican presidential nominee has isolated himself from Republicans in the Senate, in his home state and across the country by occasionally — but strongly — criticizing President Donald Trump, including the president’s efforts to enlist the aid of foreign governments to probe a leading political opponent.

“By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling,” Romney tweeted earlier this month.

In recent weeks, the senator’s acts of rebellion against the commander in chief have been flagrant: from publicly confirming “Pierre Delecto” as the secret identity he used to counter Trump on Twitter to bashing Trump’s Syria policy on the Senate floor to positioning himself on the front edge of any move by GOP lawmakers to break away and either censure the president or vote to remove him from office if the House follows through with impeachment.

While that House-side inquiry has put a heat lamp on Republican senators from states where voters aren’t thrilled with the president’s actions — particularly swing-state lawmakers who are up for re-election in 2020 — Romney’s criticism of Trump hasn’t prompted those colleagues to follow him into the political no-man’s land of finding fault with both the president’s conduct and the divisiveness of impeachment.

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Glenn Vinson
Glenn Vinson
October 31, 2019 8:44 am

Mr Romney is a fine example of a RINO. During primaries, he will spout the conservative line (just like McCain), but in office he craves the love of the lefties. He is of no value to the human race.