The same Romney that was far too ‘nice’ to lay a glove on Obama in the debates doesn’t mind slagging Trump in public.
What is it about failed Republican presidential candidates that they have their knives out for Trump?
First it was McCain putting personal grudges above even his own political promises. Remember, it was McCain’s own staffers who suggested the IRS could be used to target Tea Party groups, there’s the matter of his pivotal role with ‘The Dossier’, not to mention that infamous thumbs-down on the bill that would have kept his campaign promise to scrap Obamacare.
Romney seems to have a similar case of sour grapes.
In 2016, we saw this:
Speaking at the University of Utah, the 2012 nominee ripped Trump on everything from policy proposals to business experience to personal exploits, calling him, with language borrowed from the current field of candidates, a “phony” and a “con man” who would diminish the future of the country. Romney invoked Presidents Adams, Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan in a speech appealing to the nation’s better angels in urging his fellow Republicans against the man leading in the primary delegate count.
Compare that to February, where Trump endorsed Romney for Utah’s Senate, and Romney accepted it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
Now that Romney is Senator for Utah, he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post.
‘When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,’ Romney added.
He said that Trump’s job in the White House and as the nation’s leader is to ‘demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity’, something he has failed to do.
‘With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring,’ Romney wrote.
He added that America’s reputation as a global leader has also plummeted following Trump’s presidency.
‘Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent,’ he said.
That seems like a pretty low-rent move from someone who had approached the President for a cabinet role.
Who could forget this meeting?
Here’s Trump’s Twitter response to the Op-Ed.
Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2019
Geraldo put it succinctly:
I get that @MittRomney doesn't like @realDonaldTrump But since the elegant new senator from #Utah accepted the president's endorsement & earlier even petitioned @POTUS for a Cabinet-level position, Mr. Romney's op-ed seems rude & has the trappings of political showboating.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) January 2, 2019
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