Utah Senate candidate and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, said he would not point to “his” party’s leader, President Donald Trump, as a role model for his grandchildren, citing his “personal style.” This comes after Trump’s endorsement of Romney in February.
“He has departed in some cases from the truth and has attacked in a way that I think is not entirely appropriate,” Romney said in an interview with NBC News Monday.
“I believe his policies have been by and large a good deal better than I might have expected. But some of the things he said are not ones that I would aspire for my grandkids to adopt.” Trump has said things many American have wished someone in his position would say for years. Some of these things, especially on immigration, might have won Mitt a spot in the White House if he had said them too.
In the same interview, however, he praised Trump for exceeding his expectations on tax and regulatory policy. “Where the President is right in my view on policy for Utah and for the country, I’ll be with him,” Romney said. One can’t help but feel that Romney isn’t including Trump’s highly popular immigration stances in this assessment, or his suggestion of a harsher penalty for drug dealers peddling opioids, which caused 262 deaths in his Romney’s state in 2015.
Romney made sure to explicitly cuck during the interview:
“But if the President were to say something which is highly divisive, or racist, or misogynistic, well, I’ll call him out on it, because I think it’s important for people to know exactly where one stands.”
I wonder who exactly he is trying to win over here. Most of the “racist” things Trump has said have overwhelmingly been supported by White America, which is Trump’s base. When people like Mitt understand this, they win.
Romney’s comments mark the latest instance in which he’s publicly criticized Trump. During the 2016 campaign, Romney called Trump a phony and a bully. He even went for the knees, alleging Trump was “begging” for his endorsement back then.
After Trump won the presidency, Romney was briefly considered for secretary of state. The two were even photographed having dinner together. Over the past year and a half, Romney has virtue signaled less against Trump. He called on Trump to apologize for his comments on The August event in Charlottesville, Virginia, condemned Trump’s reported comment about African nations as “shithole” countries, and appeared to take a swipe at the Trump administration’s immigration policies that, again, White Americans (the Republican Party) support.
Romney is currently battling in the primary against Utah Rep. Michael Kennedy, who received 57 more votes from delegates at the Utah State Republican Convention. With an election win uncertain, Romney may finally make himself useful by leaving politics for good.