Two days before Senator-elect Mitt Romney is set to take office, he penned a nasty opinion editorial in the Washington Post to directly attack President Donald Trump’s character.
The article, titled, “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short,” was published on Tuesday, just two days before Romney assumes office as Utah’s junior Senator.
In the piece, Romney argues that while he doesn’t take issue with “all of the president’s policies,” his conduct “has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
“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 wrote.
Romney first listed things he believed the president has gotten right, followed by a decisive stab at the president’s character.
It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.
To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. 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.
After discussing positions that he prefers, Romney went on to say that he would support policies he believed were in the best interest of the country and his state as well as “oppose those that are not.”
He concluded with a statement identifying when he intends to “speak out” against Trump.
I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.
Romney’s recent comments have sparked harsh criticism and brought back many reminders of his actions leading up to the 2016 election.
CJ Pearson called Romney a snake, adding “he’ll fit right into the DC Swamp.”
Mitt Romney is a snake.
He groveled on his knees before Trump, begging first to be Secretary Of State and then for his endorsement of his campaign for Senate, just to stab him in the back.
He’ll fit right into the DC Swamp.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) January 2, 2019
OANN news reporter Jack Posobiec took a subtle poke at Romney, noting his failed presidential runs.
Here is a photo of Trump’s inauguration
Here is a photo of Obama’s inauguration
Here is a photo of Mitt Romney at a gas station pic.twitter.com/hzGGGWlEei
— Jack Posobiec ☘️ (@JackPosobiec) January 2, 2019
“Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it,” said Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager.
The truth is @MittRomney lacked the ability to save this nation. @realDonaldTrump has saved it. Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had. https://t.co/mbxoTqbSX6
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 2, 2019
What are your thoughts on Romney’s recent comments? Do you think he is setting the stage for a crack at Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination or is he just looking for attention?
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