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A newly-published book made a startling claim that no doubt won’t sit well with former President Donald Trump.
According to the upcoming book “Romney: A Reckoning” by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins, an excerpt of which was published earlier this week, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) sent a text message to then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the eve of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building there were calls to “burn down” his house.
“There are calls to burn down your home, Mitch,” Romney said. “To smuggle guns into DC, and to storm the Capitol.”
He also said he was concerned about whether there was adequate security in place to prevent further incidents and violence.
“I hope that sufficient security plans are in place, but I am concerned that the instigator — the President (Donald Trump) — is the one who commands the reinforcements the DC and Capitol police might require,” Romney said.
However, McConnell apparently did not respond to Romney’s text message warnings, Coppins claimed.
The day that Trump’s election loss to Joe Biden was certified, Trump took to Twitter, now known as “X,” to urge calm and respect for law enforcement.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” he wrote.
Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president and the only senator from his party to twice vote in favor of convicting Trump in his two impeachment trials announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election as senator for Utah.
He said in an interview that it is time for a new generation to “step up” and “shape the world they’re going to live in,” the Washington Post noted.
Romney claimed that his belief that a second term, which would take him into his 80s, would probably be less fruitful and satisfying than the current term, had a significant impact on his decision not to run again. He attributed that to both the chaos he perceives among House Republicans and his own lack of faith in President Biden and Trump’s ability to lead.
“It’s very difficult for the House to operate, from what I can tell,” he said in a lengthy telephone interview previewing his formal announcement, “and two, and perhaps more importantly, we’re probably going to have either Trump or Biden as our next president. And Biden is unable to lead on important matters and Trump is unwilling to lead on important matters.”
With 63 percent of the vote, Romney won election to the Senate in 2018 and declared that he would complete the remainder of his term, which expires in January 2025.
In July, a report noted that Romney was devising a new plan to prevent Trump from winning the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
The Utah Republican and twice-failed GOP presidential contender wrote in The Wall Street Journal this week that GOP donors should pull funding from a myriad of 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls and concentrate their efforts on backing a single candidate who could then run successfully against Trump.
In the op-ed, which is titled “Donors, Don’t Fund a Trump Plurality,” and subtitled, “As in 2016, Republican candidates won’t drop out soon enough. Here’s how to give them a push,” he outlined his strategy.
“Despite Donald Trump’s apparent inevitability, a baker’s dozen Republicans are hoping to become the party’s 2024 nominee for president. That is possible for any of them if the field narrows to a two-person race before Mr. Trump has the nomination sewn up,” Romney’s column begins.
“For that to happen, Republican megadonors and influencers—large and small—are going to have to do something they didn’t do in 2016: get candidates they support to agree to withdraw if and when their paths to the nomination are effectively closed. That decision day should be no later than, say, Feb. 26, the Monday following the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina,” he added.