On September 1, 2020, Utah Senator Mitt Romney accused President Donald of making an attempt to “further inflame racial tensions” through his response to leftist riots across the nation.
“The comments and tweets over the past few days, including a retweet of a 2019 video clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions, are simply jaw-dropping,” Romney said to The New York Times. The video that Romney referenced and which Trump retweeted, depicts an African American man pushing a white woman into a New York subway train in 2019. In the tweet, Trump claimed that the assault was perpetrated by “Black Lives Matter/Antifa.”
According to The Hill, Romney was the only Republican senator to talk to the Times about the president’s remarks and tweets. Other comments that have made the media and milquetoast Republicans squirm included Trump’s assertion that Democrat nominee Joe Biden is controlled by “people that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows.”
During the Trump era, Romney has established himself as one of Trump’s fiercest critics in the Senate. Trump has not let Romney browbeat him into politically correct submission and routinely attacked the Utah Senator for his petty attacks.
Romney sharply criticized Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence. Stone is a good friend and associate of Trump.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney said back in July on Twitter. Further, Romney has criticized Trump’s opposition to mail-in voting by citing how Utah and other Western states have conducted elections by mail.
“I don’t know of any evidence that voting by mail would increase voter fraud,” Romney declared in August. “My biggest concern, frankly, with regards to voting fraud has been that there would be some kind of hacking of our voting electronic systems, and that voting machines or tabulating equipment would be hacked.”
Trump should continue humiliating the Utah Senator and make it clear that his brand of conservatism is no longer welcome in the realigned GOP.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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