Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said that former President Donald J. Trump has been a transformational figure who in his opinion “represents a failure” of character that has brought immense damage upon America.
The failed presidential candidate and his wife Ann Romney appeared on Sunday morning television in advance of the release of the new book on the trials and tribulations of the retiring senator during his time in Washington, D.C. where he has waged war against Trump, joining with Democrats on two failed impeachments.
During his sit-down with Norah O’Donnell, his first interview since he announced that he wouldn’t be running for reelection, the sanctimonious senator bemoaned the current state of today’s Republican party and maligned its current frontrunner for the 2024 election, giving the impression that he would be perfectly happy with a second Biden term.
“Donald Trump represents a failure of character, which is changing…in many respects, the psyche of our nation and the heart of our nation. And that’s something which takes a long time if ever, to repair.”
-Mitt Romney pic.twitter.com/l0DAw4FYyy
— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) October 22, 2023
“I don’t think I’ve heard a single member of my caucus, Republicans in the Senate, say, ‘You know, Donald Trump is great. Aren’t we lucky to have him as our leader?'” Romney said, suggesting that the entire GOP Senate has soured on Trump despite his popularity with the party’s base.
“Donald Trump represents a failure of character, which is changing, I think, in many respects, the psyche of our nation and the heart of our nation,” he told O’Donnell. “And that’s something which takes a long time, if ever, to repair,” he added, a lot of gall for the guy who as Trump put it, “choked like a dog” against Barack Obama, allowing the radical leftist to do his worst damage in a second term.
“I come from a tradition of, you know, Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush and John McCain. Those are the people that have shaped our party: anti-Putin, anti-Russia, anti-authoritarians, anti-Kim Jong Un, character counts, that the character of our leaders makes a difference and it shapes the character of our country. That’s the party I’ve come from. And I don’t recognize that in the great majority of our party today. And that, for me, is very troubling,” Romney added of the GOP’s old guard which was given the heave-ho by voters in the 2016 election.
(Video: YouTube: CBS Sunday Morning)
According to excerpts from Atlantic writer McKay Coppins’ book “Romney: A Reckoning,” the former governor of ultra-liberal Massachusetts trashed many of his fellow Republicans other than Trump, a violation of iconic conservative President Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment of “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”
Among them were former VP Mike Pence, a devout Christian who he suggested betrayed his faith by serving Trump, fellow Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) who Pierre Delecto described as “frightening,” “scary,” and “a demagogue,” and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Fox News fixture who he said is “A smug know-it-all, smarmy, and too pleased with himself.”
“Now that I’ve read the book, it’s like, ‘Oh, did I really say that about this person? Oh, my goodness!'” Romney told O’Donnell.
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 16, 2023
“Few figures in American politics have seen more and said less than Mitt Romney. An outspoken dissident in Donald Trump’s GOP, he has made headlines in recent years for standing alone against the forces he believes are poisoning the party he once led. Romney was the first senator in history to vote to remove from office a president of his own party. When that president’s supporters went on to storm the US Capitol, Romney delivered a thundering speech from the Senate floor accusing his fellow Republicans of stoking insurrection,” reads the Amazon description of the Coppins’ book which hits bookshelves on Tuesday.
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