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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters on Monday that he texted his niece, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, last week after the RNC censured U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
“We’ve exchanged some texts. … I expressed my point of view,” Romney said.
Typical of the milquetoast politician, he declined to offer any other details of the conversation, other than to say his niece, who is a granddaughter of George W. Romney, was “terrific.”
“I think she’s a wonderful person and doing her very best,” Romney said, which some may interpret as an indictment of the state of today’s Republican Party in the eyes of the anti-Trump liberal senator.
The RNC voted to censure Cheney and Kinzinger, not so much for their Trump-hating dispositions as much as their involvement in the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The two lawmakers are the only Republicans on the politically motivated panel, handpicked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., refused to seat any members — the GOP leader had submitted his choices, but Pelosi rejected his top two picks, U.S. Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, prompting McCarthy to pull his remaining selections.
But Romney, one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump in an impeachment trial based on the Jan. 6 protest, which concluded after Trump left office, took issue with the resolution stating that the select committee was going after ordinary Americans for “legitimate political discourse.”
“It could not have been a more inappropriate message,” he said. “One to sanction two people of character as they did. But number two to suggest that a violent attack on the seat of democracy is legitimate political discourse.”
Of course, the remark about those participating in “legitimate political discourse” had nothing to do with the violence at the Capitol, as McDaniel later clarified in response to the spin put on the story by The New York Times — the same spin Romney regurgitated.
Cheney and Kinzinger chose to join Pelosi in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol.
The NYT needs to correct this story now, or again expose themselves as political hacks.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 4, 2022
As for the upcoming midterms, Sen. Romney took this shot at the GOP: “Anything that my party does that comes across as being stupid is not going to help us.”
Sen Romney (more).. when asked about impact of this on 2022… “Anything that my party does that comes across as being stupid is not going to help us”
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) February 7, 2022
In responding to the rebuke last week, Cheney wrapped herself in a cloak of self-righteousness to attack Trump yet again.
“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney said in a tweet, adding, “I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.”
Kinzinger replied likewise, “My fellow Republicans have chosen to censure two lifelong Members of their party for simply upholding their oaths of office. They’ve allowed conspiracies and toxic tribalism hinder their ability to see clear-eyed.”
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