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Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney is going after Donald Trump — again.
According to Deseret News, Romney is using his connection with the liberal Washington Post to spread talking points about how Democrats can use the filibuster to stop Trump if he runs for president again and wins re-election.
Romney said Democrats should keep the filibuster as a technical strategy to prevent Trump from passing an agenda in the event that he becomes president again.
“Have Democrats thought through what it would mean for them for Trump to be entirely unrestrained, with the Democratic minority having no power whatsoever? If Democrats eliminate the filibuster now, they — and the country — may soon regret it very much,” Romney said.
Romney then went after Trump without actually mentioning him by name: “For several years, many of us have recoiled as foundational American institutions have repeatedly been demeaned: The judiciary has been accused of racial bias; the media maligned as the enemy of the people; justice and intelligence agencies belittled; public health agencies dismissed; even our election system has been accused of being rigged.”
“The Democrats’ latest justification for eliminating the filibuster is Republicans’ unwillingness to pass partisan election-reform legislation. Democrats have filed these bills numerous times over numerous years, almost always without seeking Republican involvement in drafting them. Anytime legislation is crafted and sponsored exclusively by one party, it is obviously an unserious partisan effort aimed at messaging and energizing that party’s base. Any serious legislative effort is negotiated and sponsored by both parties,” Romney wrote.
And not only that, but Romney even predicts that Trump could win again, saying he has a “reasonable chance” in the next election in 2024.
Romney, who voted both times to impeach the former president, said last month that Trump will be the nominee if he campaigns for president in 2024,
“I don’t delude myself into thinking I have a big swath of the Republican Party,” he said on Wednesday. “It’s hard to imagine anything that would derail his support. So if he wants to become the nominee in ‘24, I think he’s very likely to achieve that.”
It was also reported last month that Romney apparently wears a disguise in public to keep from being recognized by supporters of Donald Trump.
According to a new book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns wrote that Romney uses the disguise when dining out with his wife in Palm Beach, Florida, to avoid harassment from Trump supporters.
“If he were recognized by Trump supporters there, there was a good chance he would be harassed,” Martin and Burns wrote.
“Romney’s wife, Ann, told the authors Trump’s grip on the party and the hatred toward Mitt from his supporters gave her severe doubts about whether any of their five sons could ever run for elected office as Republicans,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Mitt Romney wears a disguise in public to hide from MAGAS?😳 https://t.co/k0S99Eb29H
— candacemariecooper (@candies2639) May 1, 2022
Prior to that, Romney went out of his way again to separate himself from his party by voting with Democrats to leave in place a mask mandate for two-year-old kids participating in the federally-subsidized Head Start program.
A federal judge has since struck down this mandate.
Last year, Romney went out of his way to claim that Trump was also to blame for the crisis in Afghanistan.
Romney said, “Leaving Americans behind and leaving our Afghan friends behind, who worked with us, would put upon us and will put upon us a moral stain. This is the result of very ineffective decisions by the prior administration and the current administration. This did not have to happen. It was preventable.”
Romney then blamed Trump without actually mentioning his name.