Having followed in his father’s footsteps, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has more than a little experience when it comes to failing runs for the presidency. Whether by virtue of those losses or the shellacking he has taken on the public stage for his opposition to former President Donald Trump, the lawmaker seemed to opine without the delusion of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on matters pertaining to her political future.
On Thursday, Romney reacted to the primary loss of Cheney against Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman by more than 30 percentage points with the hallmarks of an elitist scorned by the populist movement that the president had inspired. However, despite his politically hedged version of Never Trumpism, the senator was certain Cheney “would not become the nominee if she were to run” for president in 2024.
In speaking with the Deseret News he explained, “I don’t think someone who is seen outside the Trump circle would have any realistic chance of becoming the nominee in 2024, barring something I can’t foresee at this stage. If he doesn’t run again, I think it’ll be people who either were supporters of his or people who didn’t say much about him and then would be open to become the nominee.”
He further noted, “I’m not going to encourage anyone to run for president. I’ve done that myself, and that’s something I’m not doing again. I don’t know if she really wants to do that. She would not become the nominee if she were to run.”
“I can’t imagine that would occur,” Romney added.
However, Cheney has appeared far less grounded in reality as she has likened herself to Abraham Lincoln and insisted that the Republican party is “very sick” because of the continued support of Trump while not ruling out a future bid for commander-in-chief. Evidently, her inability to heed the wishes of her constituents had not improved from when the party had censured her over the second impeachment of Trump.
So too had Romney found fault in that move as he had admitted to reaching out to his niece, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, after the censure to express his “point of view” which was interpreted as the politically correct way of stating he chastised her.
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“I think she’s a wonderful person and doing her very best,” Romney said of McDaniel and later noted of the censure, “It could not have been a more inappropriate message.”
As for Cheney, he continued to stand by his support of her efforts through the Jan. 6 committee and told Deseret, “I salute her courage. You wouldn’t call it courage, by the way, if there were no consequence for doing what you think is right. She did what she thought was right. I believe she was right.”
This expressed view that Cheney did “what she thought was right” amplified Romney’s “Inside the Beltway” swamp perspective that politicians are elected to do what they think is right and not to represent their constituents. He furthered that idea by referring to the GOP as “my party” in contrast to Trump’s projection of the will of the people.
“My party has changed a great deal over the last decade,” the senator expressed to Deseret noting the time since his second failed run for the presidency to today. “It will change again over the next 10 years. I can’t tell you how, but I think we’ll have more voices than one at some point. But right now one voice, and that’s President Trump’s voice, is the loudest and the strongest and bucking him is something people will do at their peril.”
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