Sen. Mitt Romney predicted President Trump will be reelected this fall despite breaking with the president several times during his first term in office.
“I’m confident that we will keep the majority in the Senate,” Romney said Wednesday, according to Politico reporter Jake Sherman. “And I actually have long predicted the president will be reelected — I continue to think that’s the case.”
Romney, who ran for president and lost in 2012, has been one of the few Republican senators to criticize Trump for his public remarks, tweets, or policies.
In March 2016, during the Republican presidential primary, Romney famously called Trump a “fraud” and a “phony.”
“His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” Romney said that year. “He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Earlier this year, Romney was the only Senate Republican to vote to convict Trump on a charge of abuse of power during his impeachment trial, saying his commitment to God motivated him to ” do the right thing” and vote against Trump.
“I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me,” Romney said. “We’re all footnotes at best in the annals of history. But in the most powerful nation on Earth, the nation conceived in liberty and justice, that is distinction enough for any citizen.”
Romney, who previously had been on the receiving end of attacks from Democrats and media pundits, has been lauded by the same people for his bold pushback on the president.
“Sen. Romney reminds us that it is not impossible to do the right thing, it’s just hard,” said Democrat Sen. Brian Schatz, following Romney’s conviction vote. “That putting country over party isn’t just a slogan, it’s our solemn obligation. That individuals who have courage and conviction can change history and have an obligation to try.”
Trump recently mocked Romney after the senator was seen marching with Christian demonstrators in Washington, D.C., protesting racism in America.
Romney said he joined the march “to find a way to end violence and brutality and to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”
Trump was less than impressed.
“Tremendous sincerity, what a guy,” Trump responded. “Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!”
Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would “tank” so badly in Utah! https://t.co/KqHsHmSRKo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020
Romney also said this week that he’ll “ stay quiet” about who he will vote for come November.
Author: Dominick Mastrangelo
Source: Washington Examiner: Romney: Trump will win reelection in 2020