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On January 1st, Mitt Romney started the new year strong- and with an op-ed that is making headlines days after is was first published in the Washington Post. In the op-ed Romney, a former Republican Presidential Candidate in 2012, slams President Trump’s character for being “divisive” and “not rising to the mantle of office”.
Mitt Romney has been known to not be a fan of Trump, from even before he was selected as a nominee. Romney writes, “It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not.” He then continues with, “When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
Many Republicans who are in favor of Trump, including Romney’s own niece, Ronna McDaniel, are turning on Romney saying his op-ed was “disappointing” and “unproductive”. McDaniel, in an interview with Fox and Friends, said that instead of fighting within the Republican party, we should be banding together in order to gain the needed border wall, and border security. Trump tweeted in response to Romney’s op-ed as well, saying, “Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”
Romney has not yet responded to these replies, and seems to be quieting down since the first. You can read his full op-ed here.