Sen. Mitt Romney — I still can’t believe those words came out of my mouth — was the talk of the town yesterday after calling out Trump for his poor leadership and lack of character in an op-ed in the Washington Post.
“[Trump’s] conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
“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.”
Let me say right off the bat that I’m no fan of the Massachusetts liberal carpetbagging as a Utah conservative. He’s been enshrined in my Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame; he worked to destroy the 2016 GOP primary for his own political self-interests; and he was, is, and always will be an east-coast liberal.
Still, Romney has been targeted by Trump, the GOP, and many in the so-called conservative media for having the audacity to speak ill of the Narcissist-in-Chief. As we know all too well, nothing less than unconditional worship is acceptable to the cult that lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of their orange god, and they’ll jump to his defense anytime he is attacked.
How bad has their Trump sycophancy become? Here are a few examples:
Following Trump’s expected Wednesday morning Twitter rant on the issue, Romney’s niece and the chair of the RNC, Ronna McDaniel, chastised Uncle Mitt for feeding the Democrats and the media who attacked Trump “24/7.”
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
Sen. Rand Paul compared Trump to Reagan, questioned Romney’s virtue in comparison to Trump’s, and praised Trump for his “conservative reform agenda.”
Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President. Well, I’m most concerned and pleased with the actual conservative reform agenda @realDonaldTrump has achieved.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 2, 2019
Mark Levin defended Trump by accusing Romney of being a “destructive force” who is “playing to the liberal media.”
It's clear Romney will be a destructive force in the Senate, playing to the liberal media which will praise him & seeking to create a pathway to the presidency…. https://t.co/7XkZ35ksxq
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 2, 2019
Ben Shapiro wrote an article along these same lines and accused Romney of creating a “Love Trump or Leave Trump” environment, calling it “unproductive” because “Trump has governed more conservatively than (he) expected.”
— National Review (@NRO) January 2, 2019
These reactions are small potatoes compared to a suggestion being circulated within the Republican National Committee where a call is being made to protect Trump’s re-election against critics like Romney.
In an email to fellow members of the party, RNC Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams has proposed eliminating the 2020 GOP primary. Saying that any opposition during the primary from Romney or others within the GOP would likely destroy Trump’s re-election prospects, Williams wants the RNC to change its rules, endorse Trump, and declare him the de-facto nominee, to head off any primary challengers.
George Orwell once said that liberty means having “the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” That’s true for you, me, and even a political opportunist like Mitt Romney.
Romney’s op-ed is the right message delivered by the wrong messenger. The GOP and so-called conservative media response is the wrong message delivered by the no-longer “right” messenger.
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