OPINION | This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Mitt Romney Says Trump Is ‘Undermining Democracy’ With Rhetoric

It should not be a surprise, but somehow it continues to be a punch in the face, when Republicans begin to stab President Donald Trump in the back.

And right on cue Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has done the Democrats bidding in repeating their talking points, calling for President trump to concede the election even before legal challenges have had a chance, The Daily Mail reported.

“I think when you say that the election was corrupt or stolen or rigged, that that’s unfortunately rhetoric that gets picked up by authoritarians around the world,’ he said on Sunday to NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd. “And I think it also discourages confidence in our democratic process here at home.”

“And with a battle going on right now between authoritarianism and freedom, why, I think it’s very important that we not use language which can encourage a course in history which would be very, very unfortunate,” he said.

Romney did admit that no matter who the president is in January, President Trump “is without question the most powerful voice in our Party. He will have an enormous impact on our Party going forward.”

“He is not disappearing by any means,” he said of President Trump. “He is the 900-pound gorilla when it comes to the Republican Party.”

“We will follow the normal course in an election — recounts investigating irregularities — and when it’s over, it’ll be over,” he said.

Then Sen. Romney made his way to the CNN show “State of the Union” later on Sunday and said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

He said that even before any evidence has been presented in court that could possibly show the evidence.

“I think it’s important for us to recognize that the world is watching,” the senator said to CNN host Jake Tapper. “I would prefer the world to be watching a more graceful departure.”

This is on brand for Sen. Romney, the Republican nominee for president against former President Obama in 2012.

He has traditionally taken steps to undermine President Trump and even campaigned against him, for other Republican candidates, during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

And as Biden was declared the winner by the media on Saturday, Sen. Romney was the first Republican to congratulate the president-elect.

“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead,” he said in a tweet.

He said that after he sent another tweet on November 6 in which he chastised President Trump.

“The President is within his rights to request recounts, to call for an investigation of alleged voting irregularities where evidence exists, and to exhaust legal remedies — doing these things is consistent with our election process,” he said. “He is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen — doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the Republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”