Incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney signaled Monday that he plans to be as much of a pain in President Trump’s ass as possible, saying Trump lacks moral character and that he will speak out against his “racist” and “sexist” statements.
I wonder. What kind of character does a man have who sharply opposes Trump on ethical grounds during the 2016 campaign and then begs to be his secretary of state once he wins?
Significantly, Romney, whose own presidential aspirations were rejected by voters TWICE, inaugurated himself as the nation’s moral arbiter in an article in the Washington Post, which of the major MSM publications is the most severely biased against the president.
From the piece:
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.
Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. 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.
UPDATE: Trump responded via Twitter:
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