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Romney Derides Trump’s Character, Declares He Will Oppose His “Racist” Statements

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:

28 Responses to Romney Derides Trump’s Character, Declares He Will Oppose His “Racist” Statements

  1. Very curious. Why now, why in the WashPo, and what’s the motive.
    Without more background data on this attack it’s hard to fathom what Romney hopes to gain.

    • I think it’s just the usual piling on…especially now with the Dems taking the House, the shutdown, stock market wobbles, etc. The timing is never by accident and seems orchestrated by the MSM…they’re always trying to portray his presidency as being in disarray.

  2. And he wonders why he only got 206 electoral votes and Trump got 306. Does he really think being another pain in the ass will help him get the GOP nomination for another run for the top job? Maybe he is planning ahead so he can get nice media coverage and a TIME magazine retrospective after he has left the Earth for the planet Kolob.

  3. I hope for the best for Romney but, it is not off to a great start. Sounds like he is laying the groundwork for another run at the White House. Sadly, “honorable” men and women like Romney cannot win national elections against the Democratic Machine. It’s like taking a pillow to a knife fight.

    • As The Dear Leader said, “When they bring a knife to the fight we bring a gun.” “We’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends.”

      GOP: If I’m “bipartisan” (i.e. give the liberals what they want) the media will like me.

      Trump isn’t just fighting the Dhimmicraps, he’s fighting the GOP elite who haven’t run a winning candidate in 18 years. Trump won because he WASN’T a focus-grouped-to-within=an-inch-of-his-life blow-dried-hair establishment GOP type.

      When are the elites going to learn that it is easier for the base to get a new elite than for the elites to get a new base?

  4. Like so many other failures where we see their true selves after they lose elections, Mitt Romney is showing just what a terrible president he would have been. In the Sore Loser category, he’s made a place for himself right up there with Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

  5. My first reaction was the same as Keith’s. He was begging for a job in the administration – talk about ultimate hypocrisy. Donald Trump is no different than he was when Mr. Romney was seeking an administration job. We’ve had plenty of elected officials from Presidents on down who in many instances are not the most upstanding people and continue to be elected by their constiuencies. I believe, a better approach would have been to leave out the “stuff” about President Trump and talk about his goals and how he intends to support the administration when he can and when he disagrees do so. Lindsay Graham does that all the time, but hasn’t reduced his dialogue to determining the moral compass of the President. I don’t like most of the tweets either Mr. Romney but that doesn’t mean everything the President does or says is racist, sexist or anti-immigrant or causing chaos in the World. Perhaps it was time to upset the apple cart in the world. I don’t know if everything the President is doing in the world is right, but then we never know that with any president’s actions until we see how things play out.

    Mr. Romney is a good man and was wrongfully chastised by the Obama team for having a “book” of good women qualified to work for him (or something along that line) and his positions on Russia when he was right on target.

    When righteous politicians start speaking out about other elected officials in the same vein (that goes for advertisers too), then I will not look to them for their direction on how I should think about a politician. I can think of more than a handful of elected officials from both parties who could have also been part of Mr. Romney’s op-ed.

    It isn’t hard to remember how brutually George W. Bush was treated by the opposition party.

    There’s plenty of hypocrisy to go around.

    Sadly John D is right – it is very hard to elect honorable men and women nationally. His closing statement is right on – like taking a pillow to a knife fight. Just watch what happens this year now that the house has changed hands. The meek will not survive.

  6. Romney is an “honorable” man ? What the hell have you been smoking over the holidays?

    First he begs for a job in Trump’s new administration, with the ridiculous idea that he would be a good Sec. State, then he begs for the Presidents endorsement when he runs for the Senate, now he writes a hit piece on his way into D.C?

    Please, tell me which part of this Magic-underwear-wearing buffoon is it that is “honorable”.?

    We dodged a bullet in ’12 with the Squish Ticket of Romney and that other jackass, Paul Ryan.

  7. Willard (Mitt) Romney couldn’t get elected to the senate in 1994 and the presidency in 2008 & 2012 so he moved to Utah and finally got elected to be their senator.

    He’s just a sore loser like Hillary and Al.

  8. Q: How do you know he’s officially stepped in it?

    A: When the Chairwoman of the RNC calls him out for his column, on her official Twitter account.

    Q: How do you know he’s really stepped in it?

    A: When the RNC Chairwoman also happens to be his niece!

  9. Romney as a Flakian Rino will find invitations poring in from the likes of Colbert, Kimmel, CNN, MSNBS, etc. That’s what he really wants—attention. And probably another Hillary-esque run at the White House.

    I contributed to his presidential run last time. I want my money back.

  10. Romney is the new Flake. His hope to be president will fizzle. Sad…agree that he’s looking for liberal talk show invitations. Chris Wallace and Shep will be first in line!
    Prediction: This week or weekend somewhere!!!

  11. Incoming freshman senator with no recent accomplishments needs attention, so writes an op-ed purporting to be so high and mighty but instead shows his bitterness and jealousy. Color me unimpressed. We don’t need Flake 2.0.