Spineless Republican Senator Mitt Romney Blames President Trump for Inciting Racial Tensions
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.